Sunday's La Liga Previews
As usual, Hercules (evens) were beaten away from home last weekend. The score was 2-0 to Valencia and it's fair to say that the Alicante based club offered little threat going forward.
Back on home soil today, they face a Zaragoza (11/4) side that disappointingly drew 1-1 at home to Racing last Sunday evening.
On the scoresheet for Javier Aguirre's boys was Boutahar (11/1 to score first, 4/1 anytime), who now has two goals in his last three games.
It's been five games since Hercules scored, but I fancy them to make the net bulge at least once today. Likely to do so is David Trezeguet (9/2 to score first, 6/5 anytime), a player who has scored all of his goals at home.
Other than the Frenchman, Paraguayan Nelson Valdez (11/2 to score first, 6/4 anytime) probably offers Hercules best chances of a goal.
Overall, Zaragoza have improved since Aguirre took over and three wins in their last four games is testament to that. However, Hercules are at home so they get my vote.
Recommendation: Hercules (evens)
Playing with three centre backs, Levante (5/4) coach Luis Garcia cleverly snuffed out Villarreal's through the middle short passing game and shockingly handed the Yellow Submarines their first home defeat of the season through Valdo's counter attack goal.
Not a regular scorer, Valdo (11/1 to score first, 4/1 anytime) took his goal well and will no doubt go into today's game brimming with confidence.
Also confident will be Levante's strike tandem of Caicedo and Stuani (each is 11/2 to score first or 6/4 anytime), both of whom are much more consistent than Valdo in front of goal with eight and four goals to Valdo's two respectively.
Scoring three goals last weekend were Almeria (11/5), who very nearly threw their three goal lead away but hung on to defeat Espanyol 3-2.
Silva (7/1 to score first, 2/1 anytime), Uche (13/2 to score first, 15/8 anytime) and Bernardello (25/1 to score first, 8/1 anytime) were the men who made the net bulge in Almeria's home victory, and all three will fancy their chances of netting again today.
Despite their recent improvements, I don't, however, fancy Almeria's chances today so it's a home win for my money.
Recommendation: Levante (5/4)
I can't blame Malaga (23/20) for failing to beat Sevilla away, but I can blame them for consistently losing or drawing at home to teams they should beat.
Zaragoza proved a good example of this two weeks ago when they beat The Anchovies 2-1 on home ground. Today's visitors to La Rosaleda, 9th placed Getafe, are certainly a better team than Zaragoza but, notably, are one that lost at home to Malaga earlier in the season.
Can Malaga complete a double over their Madrid based visitors? They can but I won't be betting on them! I just do not trust them; it's as simple as that.
Simple was indeed how it turned out to be for Getafe (23/10) when they hosted Deportivo last weekend. Previously losing game after game after game, Michel's boys snapped their losing streak by beating their hapless opponents 4-1.
With a goal apiece for Getafe were Miku (6/1 to score first, 7/4 anytime) and Pedro Rios (9/1 to score first, 10/3 anytime). Bagging a brace was Colunga (6/1 to score first, 7/4 anytime).
I don't know who will score for Malaga tonight, maybe Rondon (5/1 to score first, 5/4 anytime) or Baptista (6/1 to score first, 7/4 anytime), but I do know that I don't want to pick the 90 minute market pre-match and will instead go for the "Yes" option in the both teams to score market at 13/20
Recommendation: Both teams to score (13/20)
Beaten 4-1 in the Bernabeu last weekend, Sociedad (11/10) will expect to return to winning ways against travel shy Osasuna this afternoon.
The Basque's will have to do without star midfielder Xabi Prieto, but the player I recommended as worth a punt in Madrid last weekend, Raul Tamudo, can lead them to victory.
Unlucky not to score in Madrid, the often injured Tamudo (11/2 to score first, 6/4 anytime) will be a lot sharper with match practice under his belt and I'm, going to place a few bets around him today.
Before I get to those, Osasuna (11/4) must be shouted out for only drawing 1-1 at home to Mallorca last weekend when I picked them to win 1-0!
Mallorca did score a good equalising goal, but Camacho's Osasuna did not play that well and must start winning at home or be forced to rely on picking up points on the road.
On the road Osasuna are bobbins (0 wins, 2 draws and 9 defeats), so you have to fancy them to lose today. A correct score of 2-0 to Sociedad (9/1) sounds about right, with Tamudo scoring first (45/1).
Recommendation: Real Sociedad (11/10)
Worth a punt: Tamudo to score first (11/2)
Put simply, Deportivo (5/2) were pathetic in their 4-1 away defeat to inconsistent Getafe last weekend. Riki (7/1 to score first, 2/1 anytime) scored the Galacians consolation goal from the penalty shot and probably represents their best chances of a goal today should new loan singing Sand (8/1 to score first, 11/4 anytime) not play again.
Villarreal (21/20) shocking lost 1-0 at home to Levante last weekend - their first home defeat of the season. It seems that Levante watched Sevilla stop The Yellow Submarines through the middle passing game in the cup a couple of weeks ago and followed suit.
Three centre backs is how you do it, and notably Deportivo played with three at home earlier in the season. They have used a flat back four recently, but surely coach Lotina will revert to his early season tactics tonight?
I want to see the line ups before I bet on the 90 minute market, but I will recommend Villarreal's Giuseppi Rossi as an anytime scorer at 6/5.
Officially top of the footballing rich list, Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid (4/9) easily defeated Real Sociedad 4-1 at the Bernabeu last weekend.
Amongst the goals was former FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo (11/4 to score first, 8/13 anytime), who scored a brace (11/4). Also scoring were Kaka (5/1 to score first, 5/4 anytime) and loan signing Adebayor (7/2 to score first, 8/11 anytime).
Espanyol (11/2) surprisingly went 3-0 down away to Almeria last weekend before eventually losing 3-2. As daft as it may sound, Pochettino's boys should have taken all three points.
Though they will make it hard for Real Madrid, I don't see Espanyol taking any points today. Sergio (9/1 to score first, 10/3 anytime) and Luis Garcia (12/1 to score first, 5/1 anytime) might be able to nick a goal though, so something to consider if you want to bet on something related to the Catalans.
Worth a punt could well be the double result of Draw/Madrid (17/5), but my best recommendation is beneath.
Recommendation: Ronaldo anytime wincast (17/20)
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