Saturday's La Liga previews
The Anchovies did well to escape the Mestalla with a one goal defeat on Wednesday night, but will be expected to beat Tenerife at La Rosaleda this afternoon.
Malaga (10/11) beat Villarreal 2-0 in their last home game, and overall have won five out of fourteen on their own patch.
Tenerife (11/4) drew 2-2 at home to The Yellow Submarines of Villarreal in the midweek fixtures, with Nino (13/2 to score first, 7/4 anytime) again amongst the scorers.
The Islanders have yet to win an away game this season-could this be their first?
Well, Tenerife need to win this game more than Malaga do, but I'm sticking with home form and will nervously forecast a Malaga win (10/11).
As evidenced in the first seventy minutes of their home game with Osasuna, Barcelona (4/9) are not playing well, and could be the victims of an upset when they face Mallorca (5/1) in the Ono stadium this evening.
Without doubt, Barca would be a few points behind Real in the La Liga standings if not for the amazing goal exploits of FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.
Sadly the pint sized Argentine did not make it a hat-trick of hat-tricks on Wednesday, but readers should consider giving him another chance to score on the island tonight; he is 9/4 to score first, 1/2 to score at anytime, 11/4 to score 2 or more or 10/1 to get a hat-trick.
If you want a scorer other than Messi, Pedro has proved his worth to the team and is today available at 9/2 to be the game's first scorer, or 6/5 to net one at anytime. There is, however, no guarantee that he will start the game and anytime scorers are dependent on that.
Ibrahimovic may have scored two goals in two games, but one was a penalty and the other was a tap in. These goals will give him a little more confidence, but nonetheless he is one to avoid with my money-for now anyway.
As we all know, Mallorca have won all but one of their homes games this season. Can they continue that record this evening?
I doubt it, but it all depends on Messi. At his best = Barca win. Snuffed out = draw.
With Barca's eyes focused on their Champions League trip to London next week, I'm going to boldly forecast a draw (16/5).
This fixture always seems to end up being a draw. In fact, upon checking the statistics, three of their last four meetings at La Romareda have ended in 2-2 draws; a repeat of that scoreline is priced at 12/1.
After I predicted that Zaragoza would finish mid table a number of weeks ago, they have disappointed me with some poor results and continue to flirt with relegation.
Valencia (5/4) are now six points clear of their closest rivals (Mallorca) in the hunt for third place, courtesy of a 1-0 home defeat of Malaga on Wednesday evening.
Sadly readers favourite David Villa is expected to miss today's game after suffering a reaction to the head injury he sustained during the game with William Hill Online sponsored Malaga.
However, Los Che should still have enough firepower to win today and will look towards the technically gifted duo of Mata (13/2 to score first, 15/8 anytime) and Silva (6/1 to score first, 7/4 anytime) to take all three points back to Valencia.
I have a bad feeling that this will end in a draw (9/4) but am forecasting a Valencia win (5/4) nonetheless!
To my reader base: apologies that I could not produce previews for the midweek games. I had some serious family issues to deal with and, given that the previews are done in my own time, had to prioritise those that brought me into this world. I did, however, try to give pointers via the comments section of one of last weekend's previews, but found that technical problems would not allow them to be published.
For someone using the name of perm patent, this is the response you would have got to your question:
"I've just been doing a 10 fold with one selection in each. I sometimes do single bets in-play, but the acc pick should be clear enough. I'm going to experiment with 6,7,8,9 and ten folds at the weekend...I'd give Sevilla and Depor a wide berth pre-match tonight. Might bet in-play on Sporting win and poss Xerez with handicap"
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