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Jonathan Cordingley 31st Oct 2009 - 18:38

La Liga live! Sunday's Spanish football previews

Betting previews for the two La Liga matches live on Sky Sports on Sunday evening. You can bet In-Play on a massive range of markets throughout the games.

Malaga vs Valencia - 19:00 Sky Sports 1

Malaga (13/5) have not won since the opening day of the season against Atletico Madrid and I don't expect this to change when they host Valencia (4/5).

A team made up largely of loan players, Malaga have thus far failed to re-capture any of the form they displayed in gaining an 8th place finish last season, in fact they look destined for relegation. Sponsored by William Hill Online, fans of the anchovies will think that it is better to have relegation form now, rather than at the end of the season when it really counts. Especially considering that there were only 5 points between 10th and 18th in the 2008-09 La Liga final table.

Fernando Forestieri (12/1 first goal or 5/1 anytime scorer) has had little impact so far, but many of his appearances have come from the bench and the low confidence of the team cannot help the youngster develop. Last season's best player Duda scored an excellent free kick against Racing Santander at La Rosaleda in September and he will be hoping he gets an opportunity to duplicate that goal against the 4th placed Los Che. Duda can be backed at 11/1 for the first goal or 4/1 as an anytime scorer.

Former Newcastle and Deportivo winger Albert Luque scored last week and could tempt punters into a throw of the dice at 10/1 first goal or 7/2 anytime scorer.

Inter Milan loanee Victor Obina has little more to his game than electric pace and 1 goal in 5 games shows this. The Malaga faithful will hope this changes come Sunday and anybody who wants to buy into this theory can back the Nigerian at 7/1 first goal or 2/1 anytime scorer.

While Almeria had their goalkeeper Diego Alves sent off last week, it's fair to say that Valencia demolished them and recent results suggest Los Che have an excellent chance of achieving their goal of Champions League Qualification.

As ever, David Villa is always worth backing and this week he is priced at 4/1 first goal or evens to score at anytime. Pablo Hernandez scored a fantastic goal from distance last week and should attract interest at 15/2 first goal or 9/4 anytime scorer, while the other goal scorer in the Almeria game (and some player he is!) Juan Mata is priced exactly the same as Mr Hernandez.

Last season's game ended with a 2-0 win for Valencia and the same result is priced at 7/1.

Recommendation: Valencia (4/5)

Worth a punt: Anytime Wincast - Villa to score anytime and Valencia to win (8/5)


Deportivo vs Sporting Gijon - 21:00 Sky Sports 1

One of La Liga's form teams and commanding a lot of respect in La Liga until Valladolid destroyed them 4-0 last week, Deportivo (8/11) will hope to rebound against Sporting Gijon (3/1).

Proving they are a decent, well marshalled team by keeping Real Madrid at bay last week, Gijon will again look to Miguel De Las Cuevas for inspiration and he can be backed at 10/1 for the first goal or 7/2 anytime scorer.

One player I've always enjoyed watching is Deportivo schemer Juan Carlos Valeron (14/1 first scorer, 11/2 anytime scorer) and although the slow paced crafty playmaker often starts the game on the bench due to his age and several cruel, injury laden years, he could supply the bullets for strikers Riki (5/1 first goal, 5/4 anytime scorer) and Bodipo with the latter priced at 11/2 first goal or 6/4 anytime scorer.

With Depor going through a rough patch when the teams met last season, Gijon left the Riazor with all 3 points in a 3-0 win. A whopping 66/1 is available should this tickle your fancy!

Recommendation: Miguel (De Las Cuevas) anytime scorer (7/2)

Worth a punt: Draw (12/5)



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