This weekend's la liga previews
With Messi, Ronaldo and the Clasico (see separate preview) taking centre stage this weekend, find below brief, to the point previews of the other games.
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Malaga v Sevilla, 17:00
As predicted, The Anchovies lost in Zaragoza last weekend. Today they face an altogether more winnable game when they host fourth placed Sevilla (6/5).
In a game I said I would only bet in-play on, Sevilla quickly put Tenerife to the sword, easily winning 3-0. Despite their abysmal away record, I expected more from the relegation threatened Islanders.
Given how easily their opponents submitted, I find it hard to accurately assess how much Sevilla have improved and adjusted to the tactics of a new coach who has only been in charge for around twenty days.
I will give a mention to Fabiano and Kanoute who each scored last week, but will avoid forecasting the result and instead suggest betting in-play. For the record, I hope Malaga win (2/1).
Tenerife v Valladolid, 19:00
I picked a home win as soon as I clapped eyes on the fixtures last Monday, but saw my enthusiasm drained when Valladolid (13/5) sacked Onesimo a day later.
Javier Clemente has taken over and, while I would still pick Tenerife (19/20) to win if I was forced to choose an outcome, I'm not going against the new manager always gets a win theory.
I would suggest self assessment in-play.
Villarreal v Sporting Gijon, 19:00
The Yellow Submarines won 2-0 away to Valladolid last week with Nilmar amongst the scorers. Unable to decide due to Villarreal's solitary away win, I considered Villarreal or draw in the double chance market, but opted for a straight draw with the former very short priced.
Sporting (26/5) drew at home to Xerez as I predicted last week, and don't travel well.
Therefore, without need for further evaluation I suggest a Villarreal (1/2) win today.
Xerez v Getafe, 19:00
Everyone's second favourite team took the most they could from Gijon when they were gifted a point last weekend. Bermejo was once again amongst the scorers and is therefore worth serious punter consideration today.
Getafe (7/5) looked set for any easy win against travel shy Espanyol last week but were outplayed and lucky to draw. Most displeasing as I had placed a Zaragoza/Getafe double!
Maybe Getafe have joined Depor in the "over achieved, given up" bracket, hopefully today will give us some idea.
I'll chance that theory, take a home win and pray that the dream continues for Xerez (2/1).
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Athletic Bilbao v Almeria, 16:00
I could not conclude anything other than a Bilbao win (3/4) however much I wrote about this matchup!
Almeria (10/3) drew at home to Mallorca last weekend, but have only won twice on the road.
Bar a home win (3/4), consideration should also be given to Llorente and Toquero as scorers.
Deportivo La Coruna v Racing Santander, 16:00
Deportivo (evens) have given up and keep losing, last week 3-0 away to a tired Atletico side.
Racing (5/2) lost at home to Real Madrid last weekend, but put up a good fight and deservedly took some credit for their performance.
I'd suggest that relegation threatened Racing will win (5/2).
Osasuna v Real Zaragoza, 16:00
Osasuna (6/5) conceded two late goals to lose 3-2 away to Valencia last week, but won 1-0 at home the week before to end a long winless streak.
Zaragoza (2/1) defeated Malaga 2-0 with Humberto Suazo taking his goal well.
Nasty game to predict with both teams still in the mix for relegation, but if forced to choose I'd take a boring draw (9/4).
Espanyol v Atletico Madrid, 18:00 (2nd half live on Sky Sports 1 at 19:00)
In drawing 1-1, Espanyol did far better than I expected in Madrid last weekend. In fact, they deserved all three points.
Pablo Osvaldo (5/1 to score first, 5/4 anytime) scored a stunning goal and could be worth consideration to net one again today.
Atletico (8/5) progressed to the Europa League semi finals on Wednesday night, and rarely win on the road in La Liga when fully fit.
I can't remember the last time Atletico had one game a week (probably before or just after the Christmas break) and, despite his red hot goalscoring form, will give the tired Diego Forlan a miss on my betting coupon.
A simple Espanyol win (6/4) is my suggestion.
Mallorca v Valencia, 20:00-Sky Sports 1
The islanders drew away to Almeria as predicted last weekend. Valencia (9/5) should provide sterner opposition but are coming off a disappointing 0-0 Thursday evening draw with Atletico in the Europa League.
After the first leg at the Mestalla ended in another draw, this time 2-2, I knew Los Che would exit the competition.
David Villa (4/1 to score first, evens anytime) bagged a brace in Valencia's easier than expected 3-0 home defeat of Osasuna last weekend, and credit must also go to Joaquin who opened the scoring with a clever flick of his heel.
Mallorca (13/10) are excellent at home, winning every game bar two (defeats to Sevilla and Barcelona).
Anything is possible in this game, and I suggest watching for 10-15 before betting in-play.
Enjoy the action and don't forget that you can bet In-Play with William Hill Online.