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Jonathan Cordingley 6th Mar 2010 - 8:52

Sunday's La Liga previews

Espanyol v Villarreal, 16:00

Espanyol (7/5) drew 1-1 with Xerez last weekend, in the process earning a few quid for Jimbo, Terry and yours truly.

How did we all win you might ask; three draws, three 1-1's?

Nope, I took the draw; Jimbo took the double chance bet of Xerez or draw, while Terry opted for Espanyol or draw.

This weekend the Catalans face the Yellow Submarines of Villarreal (7/4), and a draw (11/5) is once again my pick.

As Terry would tell you, Espanyol are very effective at home and 21 of their 27 points were accrued in the Estadio Cornella-El Prat.

Villarreal have only gained 5 points on the road, so my pick seems crazy. I just have a feeling, simple as that. I'm prepared to be wrong.

For goalscorers; Nilmar (13/2 to score first, 7/4 anytime) did not score in the submarines 1-0 victory over Deportivo last weekend, but he looked sharp and set Llorente (6/1 to score first, 13/8 anytime)  up for the goal.

Based on nothing other than the fact that he scored Espanyol's goal in Xerez, Pablo Osvaldo (11/2 to score first, 6/4 anytime) could fire the Catalans to glory today.

Draw on my small stakes ten team acc, bet in-Play with larger stakes.

Malaga v Xerez, 16:00

The Anchovies of William Hill did an exceptional job in their 2-1 loss to Barcelona last weekend and were minutes away from a draw after Valdo equalised. Backs to the wall for most of the game, but then what would you expect!

Today Malaga (4/7) will be expected to beat Xerez (9/2), who last weekend drew 1-1 at home to Espanyol.

Victor Obinna (9/2 to score first, 5/4 anytime) was a provider in the Nou Camp, but sadly not a scorer. He does have three goals in five games though, and will fancy his chances of making it four in six today.

Duda (15/2 to score first, 2/1 anytime) is always a threat from free kick situations.

Red hot Xerez striker Bermejo will miss the match making it even harder to see anything other than a home win here.

Mallorca v Sporting Gijon, 16:00

After I picked them for a narrow loss last weekend, Mallorca (8/11) recovered from a goal down to beat Valladolid, earning only their second away win of the season.

Sporting (7/2) went a goal up via Miguel De Las Cuevas (9/1 to score first, 5/2 anytime) in their home game with Osasuna last weekend, but had to come from behind to eventually win 3-2.

It's worth pointing out that with that Victory, Sporting have now won two games in a row for the first time this season. Can they make it three? I'm not certain, but I'd have to say no, and instead will go for a Mallorca win (8/11) in my ten team accumulator.

The draw (12/5) is something I might look to bet on In-Play if I appear to be on the wrong track.

Osasuna v Getafe, 16:00

Osasuna (6/5) lost in Gijon last time out, but face a Getafe (2/1) team that have been passing their way into trouble recently.

Errant passes from Azulones players have directly led to them conceding goals against both Valencia and Zaragoza. I forgave them against Valencia and assumed it was a one off. After the repeat a week later, I now have to assume they are developing a bad habit.

The misplaced passes suggest that the Getafe players are not all on the same page, and possibly burned out both mentally and physically after their Copa Del Rey run.

Getafe's start striker Roberto Soldado (13/2 to score first, 7/4 anytime) could not find the back of the net last week, but offers their best hopes of a goal in Pamplona.

Maybe Getafe play mistake free today, but logic says I must go with an Osasuna win (6/5).

Athletic Bilbao v Valladolid, 18:00-second half on Sky Sports 1 at 19:00

Athletic (8/11) did well to take to take a point from their visit to Seville last weekend. Column favourite Llorente (4/1 to score first, evens anytime) did not score in the 0-0 stalemate, but today's opponents should allow him more time and space on the large San Mames pitch.

Valladolid (7/2) have now lost two and drawn two since Onesimo was appointed as their new coach.

In front of their passionate fans, this surely can't be anything other than an Athletic win (8/11).

Bet In-Play is always an option.

Real Zaragoza v Atletico Madrid, 20:00-Sky Sports 1

A few weeks ago, I said that Zaragoza (6/4) had come on leaps and bounds since they had signed new players, adding that they looked likely to avoid relegation and finish the season mid- table. After those comments, the Blanquillos disappointingly drew with Valladolid, and then lost at home to Sporting! In their next game, I figured I had to follow form and made what appeared to be the sensible pick of a Getafe win in the Alfonso Perez.

Getafe had a good record there, but low and behold, the Azulones gave the ball away too often and Zaragoza won 2-0!

Zaragoza will probably be without Jermaine Pennant today, who has been late for training three times in only two weeks, and hence accrued a lot of criticism from his team mates and employers.  Amazingly, he said one of his late starts was because he got stopped for speeding on the motorway!

The Blanquillos can count on Humberto Suazo (11/2 to score first, 6/4 anytime) and with his brace last week, the skilful Chilean should generate serious interest amongst punters when Zaragoza host the hard to pick, inconstant, wild card that is Atletico Madrid (13/8).

In the Vicente Calderon last Sunday, Los Colchoneros beat Valencia 4-1. There is, however, a lot more to it than the scoreline suggests. Some controversial officiating (which will be covered in Monday's preview) reduced Valencia to nine men, and Atletico took until the 79th minute to take the lead.

Still, they did look good offensively with article favourite Diego Forlan (5/1 to score first, 5/4 anytime) scoring a brace, including a cultured finish for his second. Completing the scoring, there was a nice goal from Jurado (8/1 to score first, 11/4 anytime) and also one for Kun Aguero (6/1 to score first, 7/4 anytime).

Hard pick, but Atletico have only won twice on the road and save their best performances for home games with big teams. I therefore fancy a Zaragoza win (6/4), but it's darn sure no banker folks!

Enjoy the action and don't forget that you can bet In-Play with William Hill Online.


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