Saturday's La Liga previews
Sevilla v Levante, 17:00
After surprisingly losing 2-1 at home to Espanyol in the league last weekend, Sevilla (4/11) produced a fantastic performance to beat Villarreal 3-0 in their Copa del Rey quarter final on Tuesday night.
Goals from Renato, Alexis and Kanoute (4/1 to score first, evens anytime) sealed a 6-3 aggregate win, and they will now go on to face Real Madrid for a place in the final.
Before that happens Sevilla must beat a Levante (7/1) side who sit in 19th position and have lost their last two games -at home to Valencia and away to Zaragoza - by a 1-0 scoreline.
Winning tonight should not be a problem for the inconsistent Rojiblancos, but betting in-play is recommended.
Recommendation: Double result of Sevilla/Sevilla (10/11)
Worth a punt: Sevilla 3 Levante 0 (priced at 8/1)
Barcelona v Racing Santander, 19:00-Sky Sports 4
After beating Real Betis 5-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey cup quarter final, and despite fielding a strong team including Messi (15/8 to score 2 or more), Barcelona (1/20) lost the second leg 3-1.
Massive credit must be given Betis who, rather than putting 10 men behind the ball as many teams do against the Catalans, took it to their opponents to go 2-0 up within seven minutes.
Surprisingly, Betis did this without top scorer Ruben Castro and several other first team regulars who were rested. Not good for me as I was convinced that Castro would score and duly recommended him!
Castro was a non runner that night and as was Barcelona's David Villa (5/2 to score two or more). Given Villa's absence, he should be hungry to score against Racing (33/1) tonight and I expect to see a few goals as Barca start another 20 odd unbeaten run.
As ever, prices are short involving Barca so let's take some riskier, bigger priced punts.
Recommendation: Villa to score two or more (5/2)
Worth a punt: Messi to score a hat-trick (7/1) and Barcelona -4 goals (3/1)
Valencia v Malaga, 21:00-Sky Sports 4
Despite dominating Deportivo at the Mestella last weekend, Valencia (1/2) had to rely on late goals from left back Mathieu and winger Hernandez to defeat the Northerners 2-0.
Tonight's opponents, 16th placed Malaga (11/2), lost 4-1 away to Barcelona last weekend. The high point for the Anchovies was undoubtedly Sergio Duda's excellent free kick.
Duda (14/1 to score first, 11/2 anytime) curled a fantastic free kick into the corner and, with new signing Baptista looking off the pace at present, could be worth a punt to score an unlikely two goals in two games.
Besides Mata (11/2 to score first, 6/4 anytime) - who has two goals in his last three games - there is no clear pick as to who could score for Valencia tonight. Aduriz (4/1 to score first, evens anytime) and Soldado (7/2 to score first, 10/11 anytime) have both failed to score for a few games though, so maybe tonight's their night?
I've seen some 1-0's and 3-1's (usually to Valencia) between these two teams in recent seasons and the latter sounds like a decent punt tonight.
Recommendation: Valencia (1/2) and Sevilla (4/11) in a double
Worth a punt: Correct score of 3-1 to Valencia (11/1) and Duda anytime scorer (11/2)
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