Sunday's Spanish La Liga previews
Deportivo La Coruna v Getafe, 16:00
Northern boys Deportivo (21/20) will have two players missing through suspension; one of them is their goalkeeper!
Coach Lotina and his assistant were also sent off in Deportivo's 2-1 midweek defeat in Gijon, and hence will both watch from the stand.
Getafe (23/10) did not bother to defend in the first half of their home defeat to Real Madrid on Thursday but, given the circumstances, will never have a better opportunity to win at the Riazor than they do today.
I was initially tempted by the draw (9/4) but feel that I must pick a Getafe win (23/10) when considering that Depor have seemingly given up, content to play their remaining games out like practice matches.
For those undeterred by short prices, Getafe or draw (2 or X) is available at 13/20.
Espanyol v Sporting Gijon, 16:00
I picked Espanyol to draw with Sevilla last weekend, but they surpassed my expectations by easily winning 2-0.
Sevilla's 1-1 draw with Xerez has taken a little of the shine of the Catalans victory, but Espanyol (19/20) are very good at home, with seven wins, four draws and three defeats making up their record.
At home, Sporting (13/5) beat Deportivo midweek, but they won't be the only team to do so between now and the end of the season, and are poor on their travels.
I say Espanyol win (19/20).
Osasuna v Almeria, 16:00
Osasuna (6/5) did well in the Nou Camp on Thursday evening, but are dangerously very close to the relegation places (currently 15th) and have a poor record of five defeats and two draws in their last seven Primera division fixtures.
A win today could prove vital to their hopes of top flight football next season, but I think that they will struggle to get anything more than a point against Almeria.
In fact, if I had to pick a winner it would be Almeria (2/1), who bounced back from defeat in Valencia to beat Zaragoza 1-0 at home.
However, like many teams in Spain, Almeria don't win very often on the road (only two victories so far) so I'm forecasting a draw (9/4).
Xerez v Valladolid, 16:00
Bottom club Xerez (6/4) face 18th placed Valladolid (8/5) in what would be termed as a "six pointer" in England.
Xerez drew away to Sevilla midweek, while Valladolid drew at home to Espanyol.
Based on those results, you could make an argument for a draw (11/5), but striker Diego Costa is missing for the Valladolid and Xerez need the points more.
I predict a Xerez win (6/4).
Villarreal v Sevilla, 18:00 (2nd half on Sky Sports 1 at 19:00)
Since the sacking of Valverde, the Yellow submarines have failed to kick on and recover their swagger of old.
Results have been poor, particularly away from home, and securing a European spot now looks unlikely.
Sevilla sacked Jimenez after the Rojiblancos conceded an injury time goal to draw at home to Xerez on Tuesday evening.
Former Spanish national team coach, and Euro 2008 winner, Luis Aragones is being lined up to take the job, but has so far been unable to agree terms.
For now, Antonio Alvarez will assume the role of caretaker, but my money is on current Mallorca boss Gregorio Manzano taking the helms at the end of the season.
Despite what I said against Villarreal at the start of this preview, they have a very good home record (9 wins) and face a Sevilla team devoid of wingers Navas, and possibly Capel.
They say a new manager usually wins his first game (caretaker or not) in charge, but I'm going to go against that logic and pick a Villarreal win (6/5) in a high scoring match.
I must admit that I was very, very tempted by the draw (9/4), so for those unafraid of short prices, Villarreal or draw (1 or X) is priced at 3/10.
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, 20:00-Sky Sports 1
Fresh off the back of beating Getafe in a Madrid derby on Thursday, Real (2/7) play another when they host Atletico (17/2) at the Bernabeu tonight.
In short, I can't remember the last time that this fixture yielded anything other than a Real win (2/7), and I don't see that changing today.
After all the drama between the two, I've found it amusing to see Higuain and Ronaldo hugging each other after scoring. Kissed and made up for Real? Only in a sense that they are following club orders!
Regardless of their relationship both are in red hot form and must be considered today. Higuain is 5/2 to score first, 4/7 to bag one at anytime and 4/7 to score two or more. Ronaldo is 9/4, 1/2 and 11/4 in the same markets.
If you want an Atletico scorer, Forlan and Aguero are in decent form (each scored in the 2-0 midweek defeat of Athletic) and can be backed at 15/2 and 9/1 respectively to score first, or 9/4 and 10/3 to bag one at anytime.
Other bets to consider are over 2.5 goals (7/20), both teams to score (6/10) and Real Madrid/Real Madrid (3/4) in the double result market.
Enjoy the action and don't forget that you can bet In-Play with William Hill Online.