Sunday's Spanish La Liga previews
Espanyol v Deportivo La Coruna, 16:00
Espanyol (13/10) were poor against Real last week and offered little threat going forward. They are however generally winners at home and usually by one goal.
Under 2.5 goals (4/7) and 1-0 to Espanyol (9/2) therefore look like good bets on paper, as does the riskier under 2 goals which is 9/5.
Given the low scoring nature of both teams, a draw cannot be ruled out and is priced at 21/10.
As reported previously, Deportivo (2/1) have massive injury problems and midfielder Sergio has this week joined his fallen comrades on the treatment table
Given these injury problems, I expect Deportivo to gradually slide down the table and finish mid table.
Getafe v Almeria, 16:00
Poor, poor Getafe!
After playing such wonderful football in the Copa Del Rey semi final second leg against Sevilla, the club from the outskirts or Madrid failed to overcome a two goal first leg deficit and exited the completion in game they could and should have won four or five nil.
Today Madrid's third team host Almeria (4/1) who (for once) managed to score more than one goal in a game when they put three past (the injury ridden) Sporting Gijon last week.
Getafe (7/10) will expect to win this one, but their players will be tired after the cup midweek and it's therefore hard to be sure of the outcome.
Soldado bagged a last minute goal against Barca from the penalty spot last week and is worth consideration as a scorer in today's game, he is 4/1 to score first or 11/10 anytime.
A draw is certainly plausible, but this is a bet in play game for me.
Valladolid v Real Zaragoza, 16:00
Valladolid (6/5) tried a little harder than normal to impress their new boss last week, but ultimately could take nothing from their trip to Valencia.
They face decent opposition in the improving Zaragoza (21/10) who look like one of those teams who will veer away from danger in the second half of the season and finish mid table.
Humberto Suazo looks like a class act and with Colunga suspended, could be considered the most likely scorer in this game..
Away win for my money...Racing Santander v Malaga, 16:00
After the interest in Racing's game with Atletico reached fever pitch on the comments section of last Saturday's previews, I feared the "gentleman's agreement" to field reserve teams in the league tie would be broken after Atletico's unexpected 4-0 defeat of Racing (19/20) in the Copa Del Rey first leg semi final.
Broken it was and a draw it ended, bad luck to anyone who backed Atletico, but I could not have picked a clear winner whatever the strength of the line-ups fielded by either team.
Malaga (11/4) drew 0-0 with Deportivo last weekend and a low scoring draw (11/5) appears likely in this game, especially when you factor in the tired legs of the Racing team after their 3-2 (3-6 on aggregate) defeat of Atletico in the Copa Del Rey on Thursday evening.
Under 2.5 goals is priced at 13/20 and score lines of 0-0 and 1-1 can be backed at 8/1 and 9/2 respectively. The double chance bet of Malaga or draw (2 or X) is also worth a look, it is priced at 3/4.
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Sevilla v Osasuna, 18:00 (second half on Sky Sports 1 at 19:00)
Sevilla (8/13) are through to the final of the Copa Del Rey, but suffered defeat at the hands of Zaragoza last weekend.
Fielding a weakened team was a contributing factor to the Rojiblancos defeat, but you must feel sorry for Alvaro Negredo who scored an own goal and got sent off in the same game!
Poor lad, he had been scoring in the right net recently and will likely have fallen behind in the pecking order when he returns from his suspension.
With Champions League on the horizon it is not clear who will play for Sevilla in La Liga this weekend, but you would assume that either Fabiano or Kanoute will play a part. Both are 4/1 to score first or evens anytime.
Osasuna (4/1) are no mugs and dependant on Sevilla's line up, could easily take a point or more. The draw is 13/5 and the double chance bet of Osasuna or draw (2 or X) is 5/4.
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona, 20:00-Sky Sports 1
Without doubt the game of the weekend and with Barcelona (6/10) having so many injuries and suspensions in defence (Pique, Alves, Marquez, Abidal and Chygrynskiy are all out) it comes at a good time for Atletico Madrid (4/1).
As I wrote in a previous article a few months ago, Atletico usually suffer a heavy defeat in the Nou Camp but win the return fixture at the Vicente Calderon.
Last season Atletico won 4-3 in a fantastic spectacle and a repeat of that score line can be backed at 100/1. Over 2.5 goals is 4/9.
Diego Forlan is in red hot form and Kun Aguero has a history of scoring in this fixture, so both deserve serious consideration, especially at the overly generous prices of 8/1 to score first or 11/4 anytime.
If you want a Barca goal scorer, Messi usually proves to be the best pick and today he is priced at 4/1 to score first or evens anytime. Xavi has also netted a couple recently and could be worth a punt at 11/1 (as first scorer) for those looking for a bigger price.
With both teams proficient going forward this could end in a draw (11/4), but the double chance of Atletico or draw (1 or X) is also worth your consideration at 11/10.
While respecting history counted for nothing when Real Madrid played in A Coruna recently, I'm going to throw a few quid on Aguero to score at anytime and Atletico to win (7/1).
I could easily be wrong and would strongly suggest that you draw your own conclusions from the facts and opinion that I offer.
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