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Jonathan Cordingley 25th Nov 2010 - 17:10

The weekend's La Liga previews


Real Zaragoza v Villarreal, 17:00

The new Zaragoza boss, Javier Aguirre, was on the bench to see his charges lead Getafe in Madrid through Bertolo's third strike in three games, but eventually draw the game 1-1.

Considering they were playing away, a draw was a good result for bottom club Zaragoza (21/10). A draw again today would be another good result for Zaragoza as they are playing third placed Villarreal.

Despite 18 shots on goal and 69% possession, Villarreal (5/4) could only draw 1-1 with Valencia at El Madrigal last weekend. On the scoresheet was not Nilmar (5/1 to score first, 11/8 anytime), but Rossi (also 5/1 to score first, 11/8 anytime).

Nilmar had previously been the form player so he was the obvious pick. Now I'm not sure who the best pick is, so make your own decision here.

From the other team, but a decent shout nonetheless is the pre mentioned Bertolo (11/1 to score first, 3/1 anytime). However, it's worth factoring in that a goal in four straight games is a big ask for any player, particularly one who plays for a team who are bottom of the table

The only way is up as Yazz used to sing and Aguirre could well be the man to lead Zaragoza to safety. However, I see it as unlikely that he will beat Villarreal today.

I'll admit that I fancy a draw (12/5) but am also beginning to think that I'm mad if I don't recommend a Villarreal win. With such indecisiveness and the double chance bet of Villarreal or draw way to short at 7/20, I've decided to look elsewhere.

Elsewhere comes in the form of "Yes" (13/20) in the both teams to score market and, for a much lesser stake, a scoreline punt of 1-1 (priced at 6/1) just in case I was right to think draw.

However, if you fancy a Villarreal scoreline, William Hill employee Tom Burdett has offered to take me on picking 90 minute markets and scorelines and he say's 1-0 to the Subs (15/2).

Recommendation: Both teams to score (13/20)


Sevilla v Getafe, 19:00-Sky Sports 1

Well, Manzano's honeymoon period is over and it came at the hands of his former club Mallorca in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan after a 2-1 defeat last weekend.

Brazilian striker Fabiano had been revitalised under the leadership of his new boss and thought he had snared a point for Sevilla (7/10) when he levelled scores at 1-1 in the 88th minute.

Sadly for the new boss and his star striker, Mallorca got a 90th minute winner through Pierre Webo.

A sickener indeed, but then taking points from the big boys is exactly what Mallorca and their boss, Great Dane Michael Laudrup, do. Just ask Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.

Thankfully for fans of the Rojiblancos I think they will take all three points from a Getafe (7/2) side who spurned countless chances in their 1-1 home draw with bottom club Zaragoza last weekend.

Sadly Sevilla will have to do without Fabiano due to injury, so Negredo (7/2 to score first, 10/11 anytime) and Kanoute (4/1 to score first, evens anytime) must now shoulder the load.

It's notable that Getafe have not won for over a month in any competition and doing so tonight would take a large portion of the pressure off boss Michel's broad shoulders.

Colunga (15/2 to score first, 9/4 anytime) can help with that and will hope to kick on from his penalty goal last week. However, my mind is made up.

Recommendation: Double result of Sevilla/Sevilla (8/5)


Atletico Madrid v Espanyol, 21:00-Sky Sports 1

Bar the obvious statistics that back this up, I have no doubt that Los Colchoneros would have lost away to Zaragoza last weekend if not for the red hot tandem of Forlan and Aguero.

Senor Aguero (4/1 to score first, evens anytime) scored twice in Atleti's 4-2 win, while Senor Forlan (7/2 to score first, 10/11 anytime) netted once: The other away team scorer was Simao (7/1 to score first, 2/1 anytime).

As expected, Espanyol (19/5) continued their excellent 100% home record by beating Hercules last weekend. What I didn't expect was that they'd win 3-0. One nil to the Catalans is the most popular final score in the Corenella El Prat so this came as a bit of a shock.

Never mind, what shouldn't come as a shock tonight is that I fancy Forlan to score and Atletico to win. I won't, however, be betting on Atletico (7/10) pre match in the 90 minute market as the price is too short.

I'd suggest you pick from the wincast of Forlan scores first and Atletico win at 9/2 or, if you can accept the much shorter price, the anytime wincast involving the same player and winning team at 27/20.

Although scoring against Atletico is a given for most teams, Espanyol hardly ever score away from home so the "No" (evens) option in the both teams to score market and Atletico Madrid only (9/5) in the teams to score market seem like sensible bets.

I've made my picks in the goalscoring related markets, but Espanyol fans may want to look at Pablo Osvaldo (7/1 to score first, 2/1 anytime), who scored his first goal in a long time when netting from the penalty spot last week.

I'm looking forward to this game, enjoy.

Recommendations: Forlan e/w first scorer (7/2) and anytime wincast of the same player and Atletico winning (27/20)

Worth a punt: Forlan and Aguero as anytime scorers doubled (3/1)




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