Spend your Saturday basking in sizzling Spanish action
Not sure how to spend your Saturday evening? Why not sit back and enjoy some quality Primera Liga action brought to you live on Sky Sports. Here we have previews of the two big games so you can help make up your mind where your money should go.
Valencia vs Mallorca -19:00 Sky Sports 3
An impressive performance against Osasuna gave Valencia (1/2) all three points and moved them to within four points of current leaders Real Madrid. Key to that performance was super striker David Villa and this week he is priced at 8/13 as an anytime scorer or 11/4 for the first or last goal. Short prices, but he scores in nearly every game for club and country so you have to expect this.
Veteran midfield holding player David Albelda scored a lovely goal when he chipped the Osasuna keeper and defender/defensive midfielder Carlos Marchena also scored a stunner. Rare indeed for those two, but even rarer is a victory for Mallorca (5/1) in this fixture as they have only won one of their last twenty- two La Liga visits to the Mestalla and Valencia have won six of the last seven.
Mallorca have had an excellent La Liga season so far and have won every home game they've played. On their travels however it's a very different story and I don't see the next chapter being any different.
All of this suggests two things to me, that Villa will probably score and Valencia will probably win. The two can be combined in an anytime wincast at 19/20.
Sevilla vs Malaga- 21:00 Sky Sports 3
Termed as an Andalucían derby, Saturday night's game gives third placed Sevilla (2/7) the chance to shake off their midweek defeat against Unirea and level the series at eighteen top flight wins a piece with local rivals Malaga (17/2).
Given the difference in the two teams in recent times, the fact that Malaga leads the series 18-17 will come as a surprise to many. Even more surprising is that Malaga won this fixture 1-0 last season and a repeat is priced generously at 20/1.
However, it has to be said that Malaga were riding high at the time and looked like a candidate for Europe until their form nosedived in the early months of 2009. This weekend should see Seville gain revenge, but at 2/9 there is little value in backing them and while I'm not recommending this, I'd be tempted to have a pound on scorelines of 1-0 (20/1), 2-0 (66/1) and 2-1 (25/1) to Malaga with such big prices on offer.
Of course many will be tempted by the 8/11 on offer for Sevilla/Sevilla in the double result market, but if staked correctly you could cover the Malaga longshots easily.