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Stuart Dalgleish 28th Oct 2011 - 20:04

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Barcelona v Mallorca - Saturday 19:00 live on Sky Sports 4

Barca (1/10) haven't been their normal dominant selves over the last few weeks, sure they haven't been losing, but they are not banging in the goals with the usual aplomb that we expect.

The Catalan giants are still in a good position in the league though, and they should be able to briefly go top with a win over Mallorca (33/1, draw 7/1).

The Islanders arrive at Camp Nou with just two wins to their name all season, and are without a victory in their last four games, you just can't see them stopping that run going to five.

For a cheeky bit of value, I'd look at Tommer Hemed anytime scorer (6/1) as he's bagged four in four, but chances will be few and far between for the visitors.

There's not great value to be had in the first goalscorer and anytime scorer prices, so my bet would be to combine some of the Barca big guns in our anytime goalscorers doubled market - Fabregas has looked sharp in front of goal, and he with Spain's all-time leading scorer David Villa are available at 15/8.

 

Real Sociedad v Real Madrid - Saturday 21:00 live on Sky Sports 4

When you've thrown away a lead during the week to lose in the 93rd minute, the last thing you want is Real Madrid (2/9) coming to town, but that's exactly what Real Sociedad (14/1, draw 9/2) are facing after surprise package Levante stung them on Wednesday night.

The San Sebastian outfit look like being in another relegation battle after their narrow escape last season, and after a run of five games without a win, they could find themselves in the bottom three by the end of the weekend.

Since Real's defeat to the aforementioned Levante, they have been pretty much unstoppable.

Los Blancos have smashed in 21 goals in their last five games, and have players that can just come into the team and make an instant impression.

Kaka (9/2 first goal) looks a new player after seemingly looking out of favour with Jose Mourinho, Gonzalo Higuain (3/1) is scoring for fun with club and country and then of course there's that man Ronaldo (2/1) who's always involved whether it's scoring or creating.

I can't see them letting up at the Anoeta, and I'd be looking at Madrid -2 goals at tempting looking odds of 5/4.

 

Atletico Madrid v Zaragoza - Sunday 19:00 live on Sky Sports 1

Atletico (4/9) and Zaragoza (7/1, draw 3/1) meet at the Vicente Calderon, with both teams looking for a change in fortunes after rotten recent form.

Los Rojiblancos were thinking of a push at the top six after a couple of 4-0 successes earlier in the season, but as it's turned out they've not even scored from open-play since their demolition of Gijon at the end of September.

A solitary Falcao (3/1 first goal) penalty is all the Atletico fans have had to cheer recently as they've slipped into mid-table obscurity, and any more performances like the 3-0 defeat at Bilbao midweek will see them slide even further down the table.

With Zaragoza not exactly looking prolific recently, we could be in for a bit of a dour night in the capital.

The Blanquillos have at least won recently, as they took three points off Real Sociedad two weeks ago, but that's their only win in six and confidence will not be high around La Romareda.

It's never fun cheering on the unders, but I'd certainly be interested in a few quid on under 2.5 goals at 5/4, and if it's a really dull affair then you could do worse than investing on a 0-0 draw at 14/1.

 

Malaga v Espanyol - Sunday 21:00 live on Sky Sports 1

Malaga (5/6) will look to kick-start their campaign as they face an improving Espanyol (4/1, draw 11/5) at La Rosaleda.

The Anchovies were fancied for a tilt at the Champions League places this season after heavily investing during the summer.

That plan looked on course after a five-match unbeaten streak at the start of the season, but they have since lost three games on the spin, had two red cards in those matches and also failed to score.

The story for the Budgies couldn't be any different, they started the season slowly but since a hiding from Real Madrid they've won three games in a row without conceding, all by a scoreline of 1-0 (11/1).

Other than their defeat to Madrid, Espanyol have proved difficult to break down, and if Malaga are to get back to winning ways it won't be easy - I would again be looking at the unders on this one with under 2.5 on offer at 10/11.

The Barcelona side are tight at the back and the draw no bet price of 9/4 on them is appealing.

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