La Liga Betting Tips
Last week’s La Liga action saw big wins for the top six which went against the unpredictable and chaotic nature of the season to date, but expect that to change again this week…
Osasuna v Real Betis
Osasuna won their first three points of the season since promotion with a hard-fought 3-2 win at Eibar on Monday night as they moved off the bottom of the table for the first time since August. It was a different story for Betis, who got a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Real Madrid to put the pressure very much on Gus Poyet who numerous Verdiblancos fans chanting ‘go now’ at the Uruguayan coach.
Take the draw at 3.3 with various – Enrique Martin’s side may have won last time out but their vulnerabilities were once again exposed. A team with good intensity but who have many deficiencies at this level. Neither side will want a draw but neither are in good form and neither have sufficient quality to separate them at present.
Valencia v Barcelona
Cesare Prandelli’s reign got off to a winning start with a win at Sporting Gijon last week while Barcelona have just eased to successive four-goal home victories in that time. The new manager ‘bounce’ effect for the hosts should last into this game with players eager to impress and ideas starting to take shape, while Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba will both be massive losses for Barca, who will struggle to avoid shipping goals.
Over 3.5 goals at 2.16 with Marathon Bet – You should always expect goals with Barca, while matches at the Mestalla are always a big test for them. Last year’s pulsating 2-2 draw a case in point, showing that even when off-form, the hosts are capable of upsetting any side in this division. Either way, goals will come so at least four goals seems a very safe bet.
Sevilla v Atletico Madrid
Both sides made the long-trek to Eastern Europe this week and both came back with 1-0 victories that were more convincing than the scorelines suggest. Sevilla’s extra 24 hours rest may prove beneficial and this is a massive test of the league leaders as Jorge Sampaoli’s side have won all five of their home games in the league and Europe thus far. Atletico recorded a big victory here (1-3) last season, although the return was 0-0. Simeone’s side are probably the best side in Europe but would take a draw at one of the most intimidating venues on the continent.
Take the draw at 3.64 with Marathon Bet – both teams would certainly settle for a point here and whilst Sevilla’s results thus far have been excellent, their performances have not despite their undoubted quality. Atletico are starting to make people think they may be title favourites this season but both sides will be desperate not to lose, so expect a tight, tense affair.
Real Madrid v Athletic Club Bilbao
With eleven goals in the past week, it’s fair to assume that Real Madrid’s little mini-crisis is behind them and the pressure on Zinedine Zidane has been lifted. However, both performances once again showed the cracks and imbalances in this side, which a stronger team – such as Athletic – could well take advantage of. Casemiro’s absence will continue to give the Basques belief that this is a good time to face a Real Madrid side who score lots of goals but struggle to convince.
Cristiano Ronaldo anytime goalscorer at 1.64 with various – There is better value in this due to Ronaldo only scoring once (only!) in the last two matches, but he scored twice in this fixture last year and being Ronaldo, will be desperate to ensure his goalscoring figures keep up with his high standards.