Saturday's Spanish La Liga previews
Getafe v Real Zaragoza, 17:00
The boys from Getafe (5/6) could not cope with the men of Valencia last Monday night, but can increase their chances of a Europa League spot by beating Zaragoza (3/1) this evening.
The Azulones did have their chances at the Mestalla and gave their hosts a nervy last fifteen minutes after they pulled a goal back.
Back to help with the goal haul is star striker Roberto Soldado who, absent through suspension on Monday, will be looking to improve on his current tally of twelve La Liga strikes.
I think the Valencia born Soldado may well join his hometown club when Villa moves on after the World Cup and, despite a theoretical lack of match sharpness, he looks to be the best scorer bet available in this match and is available at 9/2 to get the first goal, or 5/4 to score at anytime.
Also worth consideration and available at a larger price (15/2 to score first or 2/1 anytime) is Chilean maestro Humberto Suazo.
He did not score in Zaragoza's surprising home defeat to Sporting last week but deserves another chance and could make punters some money this weekend.
The draw is available at 23/10, but Zaragoza's performance (including dodgy keeper Carrizo's latest gaffe) last week and Getafe's results at home (7 wins, 2 defeats and 2 draws) suggest that this is a home win.
Tenerife v Real Madrid, 19:00-Sky Sports 4
Hammered in Bilbao, Tenerife (10/1) face a daunting home tie with second placed Real Madrid (2/7) in this live on Sky fixture.
The islanders have a decent home record (5 wins, 3 draws and 4 defeats) but I cannot look towards anything other than an away win in this game.
As you would expect the price on Real is short (2/7), so if you are looking for better value there are two double result bets that are worth consideration. The more likely of the two is Real Madrid/Real Madrid (3/4), with draw/Real Madrid the long shot at 3/1.
For goalscorers there are three candidates, who all scored for Real Madrid last time out, with column favourite Gonzalo Higuain topping my list at 3/1 for the first goal or 8/11 as an anytime scorer.
Next comes expert free kick taker and former FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo (11/4 first scorer, 8/13 anytime) followed by Kaka (5/1 first scorer, 5/4 anytime).
Interestingly "team player" Ronaldo tried to renege on his agreement to let Alonso take the second penalty in Real's home defeat of Villarreal, but fierce words were exchanged and (despite the crowd chanting for substitute Raul to take it) Xavi stepped up and converted the spot kick to claim his first Real Madrid goal.
Alonso (10/1 first scorer, 7/2 anytime) is a less than likely longshot to score in today's game but you never know, he might take a free kick and it's a small pitch.
Barcelona v Malaga, 21:00-Sky Sports 4
Both Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola criticised the slower than normal pace of Barcelona's passing in their home win over Racing and consequently the critic and coach will demand better when the World Champions face William Hill sponsored Malaga this evening.
Don't be fooled by the 4-0 win over Racing (who had conceded the match before taking to the field), Barca are nowhere near the best with Henry and, to a lesser extent, Iniesta both singled out for criticism despite each of them scoring in that game.
Rumours about Henry's potential departure (possibly to the MLS) have been around for some time and he will have to play exceptionally well between now and the end of the campaign to still be a Barca player next season. Should you fancy Henry to score today he is available at 9/2 to get the first or 6/5 anytime.
Ibrahimovic was injured warming up before the game last week but did score in Barca's midweek Champions League draw in Stuttgart and also in their defeat away to Atletico. He is therefore the most in form goalscorer Barca currently offer and is priced at 3/1 to score first or 8/11 anytime.
Current FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi (11/4 to score first, 8/13 anytime) has had little service recently and, as a consequence, has been nowhere near his imperious best. Given this and the short price, my cash will not be going in his direction this weekend.
Call me crazy, but if I do have a goalscorer bet in this game it will be a (price wise) longshot on Malaga striker Victor Obinna who has scored three goals in his last four games and is today available at a whopping 12/1 to get the first goal or 5/1 to score at anytime.
Malaga (20/1) have been in great form recently and if ever there is an ideal time to play Barcelona (1/7) in the Nou Camp, it's after a midweek Champions League away game.
A tough task indeed, but Duda (20/1 to score first, 7/1 anytime) is one of the best free kick takers around and will have an impact on the Anchovies theoretically slim chances of taking anything from this game.
I do not see this game being as one sided as the prices suggest so handicaps giving Malaga a one, two or three goal start are on offer at 9/2, 8/5 and 6/10 respectively and are well worth consideration.
Enjoy the action and don't forget that you can bet In-Play with William Hill Online.