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Jonathan Cordingley 17th Oct 2010 - 6:17

Monday night La Liga preview

With the exception of the Barcelona game, Hercules (9/5) have yet to win - or even score a goal - away from home in the Primera Liga so far this season. At home, the Alicante based club have lost two and drawn one - with three goals scored.

The scorer of all three Hercules home goals was Frenchman David Trezeguet (6/1 to score first, 7/4 anytime) - Notably, two of these goals were penalties so don't be surprised if another is awarded and scored tonight.

Also well worth consideration is the Villarreal tandem of Nilmar (9/2 to score first, 6/5 anytime) and Rossi (11/2 to score first, 6/4 anytime), both of whom scored in the Yellow Submarines 2-0 defeat of Racing two weeks ago.

Having won five out of their six league games, Villarreal currently occupy second position in the standings: From a possible three, two of those victories were away from home.

Away from home is where Juan Carlos Garrido's boys usually struggle: Last season their road record consisted of three wins, five draws and eleven defeats. This season's unexpected away wins could be attributed to the level of opposition - Levante and Malaga - but The Yellow Submarines have won five games in a row since their opening day defeat away to Sociedad and look like a far better all round team than they did last year.

Key to Villarreal's improvements on the field have been winger Santi Cazorla (15/2 to score first, 9/4 anytime) and on loan West Brom midfielder Borja Valero (12/1 to score first, 5/1 anytime).

In terms of goals and assists, Cazorla has been the more impressive of the pair with two of each, but Valero will rack up his fair share before the season ends and could well become a regular in the Spanish national squad if he continues playing this well.

Playing well is something Hercules did not do in their 3-0 away defeat to Getafe last time out, but they will have the hero of the Barcelona game, Nelson Valdez (7/1 to score first, 2/1 anytime), back to help their cause tonight.

I obviously cannot rule the Paraguayan out from scoring tonight, but I'd expect that he needs to get at least one start under his belt before he's back in form.

Instead I'm going for Nilmar to score first, Rossi to score second and Trezeguet to score the third. Of course, this means that I fancy a correct score of 2-1 to Villarreal (priced at 17/2) along with a separate scorecast of Nilmar and 2-1 (35/1).

For anyone interested in the both teams to score market, the 8/11 priced "Yes" is my suggestion. Under/over goals backers should consider over 2.5, priced at 21/20.

For double results; Villarreal/Villarreal (16/5) is my favourite, but draw/draw (15/4) could also be seen as a worthy punt - It all depends on how aggressive Villarreal are from the offset I think.

With regards to the 90 minute market: This will be the first ever top flight meeting between these two teams and given that it's a derby game of sorts, the draw (11/5) sounds very appealing.

I do, however, fancy a Villarreal win (6/4) but will tread with caution and bet on the draw no bet market.


Recommendation: Villarreal, draw no bet (8/11)

Worth a punt: Nilmar to score first (9/2)

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