Sunday's La Liga previews
No goal for David Villa last week, but the man deemed as "statistically the best striker on the planet" by World Soccer magazine will be hoping to get back on track against former club Zaragoza this weekend. William Hill Online obviously rate his chances as Valencia's number 7 is a short 8/11 to score at anytime.
I was impressed by the performance of David Silva against Malaga and the diminutive schemer must be due a goal soon, so 5/1 first scorer could be tempting to some.
No result to analyse from last season as Zaragoza were in the Segunda division. Valencia (4/9 to win this match) won 1-0 in the 2007/08 season and a repeat is priced at 5/1.
Should you fancy a Zaragoza (5/1 to claim the three points) player to score, Ewerthon tops the list at 8/1 first scorer or 11/4 anytime, with Angel Lafita available at 11/1 or 4/1 in the same markets. Former Valencia defensive lynchpin Roberto Ayala is available at 25/1 for the first or last goal and given the ariel threat of the 36 year old, could be worth a look.
Worth a punt: Silva first scorer (5/1)
Last time I suggested Sevilla (8/15) were an easy winner they went and drew 0-0 with Espanyol with the latter's keeper Kameni producing a world class display of goalkeeping to keep the hosts at bay. These things happen in football, so we must get up, dust ourselves off and move onto the next match.
This time Sevilla host the resurgent yellow submarines of Villarreal (4/1) and are short priced at 8/15 to get the win. History shows that Sevilla tend to win this match with a 1-0 win last year and a 2-0 success the year before, but I fancy Villarreal to turn the tide.
Why? Well, Sevilla seem to struggle in La Liga after playing Champions league midweek and while Villarreal's two straight wins have come at home and against relatively weak opposition (Malaga and Tenerife), the yellow submarines have been steadily improving and getting to grips with the tactics of coach Ernesto Valverde.
A big catalyst in the revival of Villarreal has been veteran Frenchman Robert Pires and the former Arsenal favourite can be backed at 11/1 to be first scorer or 4/1 to score at anytime. Another contributor has been target man Joseba Llorente who scored twice against Tenerife last week. The big man is priced at 8/1 first scorer or 11/4 as an anytime scorer.
Sevilla's talented trio of Luis Fabiano (4/1 first scorer or evens anytime), Frederic Kanoute (5/1 - 5/4) and Alvaro Negredo (5/1 - 5/4) can cause havoc, but it's never clear which two will start, so in form winger Navas should be considered at 7/1 first scorer or 2/1 anytime.
Worth a punt: Double chance: 2 or X (109/100)
This should be a good match, enjoy....