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21 Feb
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(25th & 26th Feb)

This week’s La Liga tips are delivered from the forecourt of an instantly recognisable Spanish stadium, a world famous venue where the locals have got plenty to celebrate at present.

Watch Tom give his thoughts on where to place your cash on this weekend’s top flight action in this short video blog…

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

3.15pm Sat – Real Betis v SEVILLA – Away win @ Evens (Betfred, BetVictor or Skybet)

7.45pm Sat – EIBAR v Malaga – Home win @ 21/20 (Hills)

7.45pm Sun – Villarreal v REAL MADRID – Away win @ 7/10 (BetVictor or Ladbrokes)

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18 Feb
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(18th & 19th Feb)

Spanish football’s elite top flight, La Liga, is undoubtedly the dominant force in European football in recent times, providing five of the last six finalists in the Champions League, as well as five of the last eight winners.

It doesn’t stop there either, with teams from Spain also ruling the roost in Europe’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, taking four of the last five editions, highlighted by triumphs for goal happy Sevilla in 2014, ’15 and ’16.

Enthused by a domestic league bursting with quality and rivalry, Betting Directory’s Tom Lee, a regular visitor to Spain and its football grounds, takes a weekly look at the best bets on the fixture list…

You’ll have to go a long way to see a better football spectacle than the midweek delicacy served up at the Bernabeu between Real Madrid and Napoli, a game which featured stunning strikes from both Lorenzo Insigne and Casemiro.

Real now return to domestic action with the Saturday afternoon visit of Espanyol, bidding to complete a league double over the side they beat 0-2 away from home at the start of the season.

This really should be a comfortable home win for the league leaders, but Espanyol have confounded the doubters with some impressive recent performances, and it should be remembered they’ve scored at least one goal in all six of their fixtures in 2017.

For that reason, plus the beautiful way in which Madrid like to give teams a chance before coming roaring back to beat them, back the home side to win in a game where both teams find the net.

In one easy swoop you transform a 1/5 shot (Madrid to win) into nearly a 7/4 chance, simply by hoping Espanyol can register.

Next up on Saturday, the draw looks the safe investment at the Riazor, as Deportivo entertain yo-yo side Alaves.

One minute they’re clinching a place in the Copa Del Rey final, the next they’re being humiliated by Barcelona, so Alaves would surely take a bit of stability and a point on their travels at an intimidating ground.

For their part, Depor were massively unlucky not to get yet another draw last weekend, undone by a last minute winner for Athletic Bilbao.

That was no disgrace, and they can get back to drawing ways here at 23/10 with either BetVictor or Paddy Power.

Lastly, don’t forget that 10th placed Celta Vigo have had less than 72 hours to recover from Thursday night’s Europa League defeat at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, when they take the field against bottom team Osasuna on Sunday afternoon (5.30pm).

It’s almost certainly way too little too late for Peter Vasiljevic’s team, but to be fair they’ve not given up, far from it, daring to score against Real Madrid last week, and before that drawing with Malaga and scoring three against Sevilla.

They could well nick a point here, a 3/1 shot with Coral or Hills.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

Sat 3.15pm – Real Madrid v Espanyol – Madrid to win & both teams to score @ 17/10 (Betfair Sportsbook, Betway or Coral)

Sat 5.30pm – Deportivo La Coruna v Alaves – Draw @ 23/10 (BetVictor or Paddy Power)

Sun 5.30pm – Celta Vigo v Osasuna – Draw @ 3/1 (Coral or Hills)

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09 Feb
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(11th & 13th Feb)

Spanish football’s elite top flight, La Liga, is undoubtedly the dominant force in European football in recent times, providing five of the last six finalists in the Champions League, as well as five of the last eight winners.

It doesn’t stop there either, with teams from Spain also ruling the roost in Europe’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, taking four of the last five editions, highlighted by triumphs for goal happy Sevilla in 2014, ’15 and ’16.

Enthused by a domestic league bursting with quality and rivalry, Betting Directory’s Tom Lee, a regular visitor to Spain and its football grounds, takes a weekly look at the best bets on the fixture list…

Football has an uncanny way of bringing teams together, and less than 72 hours after the Basque side Alaves sent Vitoria-Gasteiz into orbit with a 1-0 semi final second leg win over Celta Vigo in the Copa Del Rey, a win which sealed their first ever final appearance in the competition after 96 years of trying, in which they’ll meet Catalan giants Barcelona, they have to take a deep breath and get back into the flow of league action….against, you’ve guessed it…..Barcelona (Sat 3.15pm).

Will the Basques put down a marker for the final, or will Barca take advantage of a longer preparation time having met Atletico in the same competition on Tuesday?

It’s not an easy game to call, so rather than getting involved there let’s focus in on events in Seville, where earlier in the day Real Betis entertain a struggling Valencia at the Benito Villamarin (12.00pm).

Stormy weather on the north west coast meant Betis had a day off last weekend, denied the chance to meet Deportivo at the Riazor, meaning the last time we saw them was in their impressive 1-1 draw with Barcelona.

If they can reproduce anything like that level of form then they’ll tear Valencia to bits, with the visitors in disarray and experiencing their own footballing equivalent of stormy weather, especially when beaten 0-4 at home by Eibar last Saturday, in a game which featured a stunning strike from Dani Garcia.

That’s seven goals conceded in two games for ‘Los Che’, and Betis look well placed to take all three points – you can back them to do exactly that at 29/20 with Boylesports.

Next up, if ever a game screamed draw then it has to be Athletic Bilbao against Deportivo La Coruna at San Mames.

Bilbao were very unlucky when failing to score in the first half in the Nou Camp last weekend, but they do struggle to finish teams off, and in Depor they’re up against a side who are fresh following the aforementioned postponement last weekend, and who are also very good at getting a point!

The value here has to be the stalemate at a handy 14/5 with BetVictor.

Last but not least on Saturday, it’s hard to see Real Madrid being as charitable as Sevilla were when they steamroller into Osasuna’s El Sadar stadium for the evening kick-off (7.45pm).

Sevilla allowed the bottom team to score three times in a see-saw 4-3 win on January 22nd, but Real should have way too much for their soon to be relegated opponents, and are unlikely to be so generous as they look to turn the screw at the top of the table.

Real are 6/5 to win to nil with any of BetVictor, Ladbrokes or Paddy.

Fast forward to Monday night and the ever-developing success story which is Eibar gets another airing, this time at home to Granada at the Ipurua Municipal.

Sitting pretty in seventh position, this would be nine points from three league games for the Basque outfit, who welcome struggling southern side Granada.

Granada’s home form has given them maybe the tiniest sliver of hope, but they’re likely to left discussing another away defeat after this lengthy trip north.

Eibar are a general 4/7 for the victory.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

12.00 Sat – Real Betis v Valencia – Home Win @ 29/20 (Boylesports)

5.30pm Sat – Athletic Bilbao v Deportivo La Coruna – Draw @ 14/5 (BetVictor)

7.45pm Sat – Osasuna v Real Madrid – Madrid to win to nil @ 6/5 (BetVictor, Ladbrokes or Paddy Power)

7.45pm Mon – Eibar v Granada – Home Win @ 4/7 (General)

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03 Feb
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(4th & 5th Feb)

Spanish football’s elite top flight, La Liga, is undoubtedly the dominant force in European football in recent times, providing five of the last six finalists in the Champions League, as well as five of the last eight winners.

It doesn’t stop there either, with teams from Spain also ruling the roost in Europe’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, taking four of the last five editions, highlighted by triumphs for goal happy Sevilla in 2014, ’15 and ’16.

Enthused by a domestic league bursting with quality and rivalry, Betting Directory’s Tom Lee, a regular visitor to Spain and its football grounds, takes a weekly look at the best bets on the fixture list…

Some potentially very tight encounters are the hallmark of week 21 on the La Liga calendar, and a game which looks a rock solid candidate to end honours even is Saturday’s midday kick-off between Malaga and Espanyol at La Rosaleda.

After the postponement of Depor against Betis on Friday night due to adverse weather, this opening game of the round of fixtures is 14th against 9th, in a match where Marcelo Romero’s Malaga really need to get something to build on last week’s point against Osasuna.

Their lack of strength in depth was highlighted by their inability to see off the relegation strugglers, and Espanyol are much better equipped to cause them problems.

That said, Espanyol aren’t world beaters themselves, and were flattered by last week’s 3-1 home win against high-flying Sevilla, who were forced to play for almost the entire game with 10 men after a second minute red card for Nicolas Pareja.

It’s about time Malaga starting making inroads into 2017 after a poor January, and a point would suit both sides.

The draw is available at 12/5 with any of bet365, Betfred, BetVictor or Skybet.

Next up on Saturday (3.15pm) is a potential banana skin for Barcelona, as they welcome the stubborn Basque side, Athletic Bilbao, to the Nou Camp

Well drilled by Ernesto Valverde, ‘Los Leones’ as Athletic are also known don’t concede too many, and it’s worth bearing in mind these two sides were only separated by a single goal (4-3 on aggregate) over 180 minutes in the Copa Del Rey last month.

What’s more, the Basques are in positive goal difference for the season and might be able to cause Barca real problems, with Luis Enrique’s side under pressure to keep up the heat on Real Madrid, less than 72 hours after a taxing Copa Del Rey encounter with Atletico Madrid.

It’s also worth recalling the cagey game the two sides played out when they met in the league back in August, with Barca nicking a 1-0 win at San Mames.

As such, Barca make zero appeal at 2/9 for the win, with the draw looking a huge price at 6/1 with any of Betfred, BetVictor, Sportingbet or William Hill.

Moving on, fourth-placed Atletico need to get back to the sort of form that saw them beat Betis and Eibar to nil in January, and their home game against lowly Leganes looks a perfect opportunity to do so (Sat, 5.30pm).

Leganes have failed to score in three of their last four in the league, and are lucky that in Granada, Osasuna and Sporting, there are three worse teams than them to help them ward off the threat of relegation.

Atletico have had a tricky campaign on a number of levels, but Diego Simeone will have his side fired up for this in case Barca or Sevilla drop points above them.

Back Atleti to win to nil at 4/5 with either BetVictor or Coral.

Lastly, something to light up Sunday could well be a rare win on the road for Alaves (3.15pm).

The Basque outfit have become stalemate experts in 2017, drawing seven of their last nine in all competitions, but if something can help them snap that sequence then surely it’s the short three hour trip to northern rivals Sporting Gijon…

The two teams draw 0-0 in Vitoria-Gasteiz back in August, but while the babazorros (Alaves) have become ultra hard to beat, Sporting have embarked on a dismal run, gaining just one point from a possible 18 recently.

That’s nowhere near the required standard, and another defeat looks a distinct possibility, with Alaves looking a super price at 13/5 with any of Betfred, BetVictor, Boylesports or Ladbrokes.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

12.00 Sat – Malaga v Espanyol – Draw @ 12/5 (bet365, Betfred, BetVictor or Skybet)

3.15 Sat – Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao – Draw @ 6/1 (Betfred, BetVictor or William Hill)

5.30 Sat – Atletico Madrid v Leganes – Atletico to win to nil @ 4/5 (BetVictor or Coral)

3.15 Sun – Sporting Gijon v Alaves – Away Win @ 13/5 (Betfred, BetVictor or Ladbrokes)

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28 Jan
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(28th & 29th Jan)

Spanish football’s elite top flight, La Liga, is undoubtedly the dominant force in European football in recent times, providing five of the last six finalists in the Champions League, as well as five of the last eight winners.

It doesn’t stop there either, with teams from Spain also ruling the roost in Europe’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, taking four of the last five editions, highlighted by triumphs for goal happy Sevilla in 2014, ’15 and ’16.

Enthused by a domestic league bursting with quality and rivalry, the Sportsman’s Tom Lee, a regular visitor to Spain and its football grounds, takes a weekly look at the best bets on the fixture list…

Things are getting oh so interesting as we head into week 20 of the calendar, with just two points separating the front three at the top of the table, though leaders Real Madrid do have a game in hand.

Points on the board is what its all about though, and this week’s headline suggestion is second-placed Sevilla, who can do themselves a world of good by returning home from Barcelona with all three points in the bag having beaten Espanyol.

The pair clash at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat at 3.15pm on Sunday, in a game that would take Sevilla temporarily top of the standings if they can emerge victorious and unscathed.

Things are getting very exciting for the Andalusian outfit, on the back of a run which has seen then take maximum points in the league (five wins from five) since December 11th, whilst scoring 13 goals in their last four in all competitions.

They’re up against a side who seem to be meandering their way to yet another mid-table finish, gaining hard fought wins against the lesser lights, but lacking the quality to win at home to the big boys.

Sevilla have proved dab-hands at winning the Europa League in recent times, and have a seemingly eminently winnable two-legged Champions League encounter against Leicester City upcoming in February, but in the meantime they can keep their title push rolling with a win against Espanyol.

Back Jorge Sampaoli’s team at 6/5 with bet365.

The game that follows is the north coast clash between Athletic Bilbao and struggling Sporting Gijon (5.30pm), where Bilbao ought to take the beating, but make zero appeal in the regular match odds at 1/3.

They’re looking for revenge after losing the reverse fixture 2-1 at El Molinon back in August, but are going much better now, whereas Sporting are beginning to look cut adrift down at the bottom, alongside Granada and Osasuna.

This is 7th against 18th in a match where Bilbao are looking to get back to winning ways after drawing their last three in the league, but it’s also worth noting that Sporting often score despite their poor form, finding the net at least once in six of their eight games since the end of November.

I’m looking for an entertaining home win, one which would mean a payout for the 12/5 offered by Hills about Bilbao to win and both teams to score.

Finally, if you’ve been following this column in recent weeks you’ll know we’ve done very nicely indeed by correctly forecasting games to end all square, and that’s very much the hope for Eibar at home to Deportivo La Coruna at the compact Ipurua Municipal (Saturday, 5.30pm).

This game represents 10th against 16th in a game where both sides are on minus goal difference for the campaign.

What’s more, Eibar had a tough game in midweek in the Copa de Rey against Atleti (2-2), while Depor have drawn their last five in all competitions, including two away from home in La Liga.

This could very well be more of the same, something about which any of Fred, Victor or Skybet are offering a decent looking 23/10.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

5.30pm Saturday – Eibar and Deportivo La Coruna to draw @ 23/10 (Betfred, BetVictor or Skybet)

3.15pm Sunday – Sevilla to win away to Espanyol (NAP) @ 6/5 (bet365)

5.30pm Sunday – Athletic Bilbao to win at home to Sporting Gijon and both teams to score @ 12/5 (Hills)

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19 Jan
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(20th – 22nd January)

Spanish football’s elite top flight, La Liga, is undoubtedly the dominant force in European football in recent times, providing five of the last six finalists in the Champions League, as well as five of the last eight winners.

It doesn’t stop there either, with teams from Spain also ruling the roost in Europe’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, taking four of the last five editions, highlighted by triumphs for goal happy Sevilla in 2014, ’15 and ’16.

Enthused by a domestic league bursting with quality and rivalry, the Sportsman’s Tom Lee, a regular visitor to Spain and its football grounds, takes a weekly look at the best bets on the fixture list…

The opening fixture of Week 19 might not be the most glamorous game ever served up by this great country, but Friday night’s face-off between mid-table dwellers Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruna in Gran Canaria is nonetheless attractive.

It’s 10th against 15th, with goal differences of -2 and -5 respectively, a hint at a low scoring draw if ever there was one.

Las Palmas, coached by Quique Setien, drew three straight in all competitions at the start of last month, whereas Depor, led by Gaizka Garitano, have drawn all four matches in 2017.

You can get 5/2 about this one finishing all square with any of Betfred, BetVictor, Betway or Hills.

On Saturday afternoon, another game that looks cherry ripe to end all-square is the 5.30pm kick-off at the Estadio Municipal de Santo Domingo, also known as the home of 12th placed Alaves, UEFA Cup runners-up in 2001.

They entertain a low-scoring Leganes outfit, one who’ve steadied the ship and pulled away from an increasingly isolated bottom three, drawing four of the last five league games.

Another stalemate looks likely, an outcome chalked up at 9/4 by Paddy Power.

Later on, Saturday evening’s ‘Derbi de la Communitat’ at El Madrigal ought to go the way of Villarreal, who can’t halt the mini revival of local sparring partners Valencia.

You can argue that Villarreal draw too many games (seven out of 18 so far) to heave themselves up into the Champions League places, but even so they’re only a good result behind fourth placed Atletico, and this is a prime opportunity for them to rub their neighbours’ faces in it.

Valencia rewarded their fans with a nervy 2-1 win against Espanyol last weekend, but this’ll be far, far tougher, and Villarreal can keep up the pressure on Real Sociedad and Atletico above them.

Betfred are 19/20 about a home win.

Finally, how a rampant Sevilla side lost to Granada seven weeks ago is a complete mystery, but it’s unlikely the team who ended Real Madrid’s unbeaten run will be so forthcoming when they travel to bottom side, Osasuna (Sun, 11.00am).

The hosts looks punch drunk and will be fearing a hammering here, give that Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla have scored 25 in their last seven in all competitions.

Rather than back Sevilla to win at 4/7, try the Andalusian side at 7/4 to win to nil, a price available with BetVictor, Coral or Skybet.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

Fri 7.45pm – Las Palmas v Deportivo – Draw @ 5/2 ( BetVictor)

Sat 5.30pm – Alaves v Leganes – Draw @ 9/4 (Paddy Power)

Sat 7.45pm – Villarreal v Valencia – Home Win @ 19/20 (Betfred)

Sun 11.00am – Osasuna v Sevilla – Sevilla To Win To Nil @ 7/4 (BetVictor)

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13 Jan
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own (14th and 15th January)

Spanish football’s elite top flight, La Liga, is undoubtedly the dominant force in European football in recent times, providing five of the last six finalists in the Champions League, as well as five of the last eight winners.

It doesn’t stop there either, with teams from Spain also ruling the roost in Europe’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, taking four of the last five editions, highlighted by triumphs for goal happy Sevilla in 2014, ’15 and ’16.

Enthused by a domestic league bursting with quality and rivalry, Betting Directory’s Tom Lee, a regular visitor to Spain and its football grounds, takes a weekly look at the best bets on the fixture list…

A glut of attractive fixtures are the hallmark of week 18, notably the visit of record-breakers Real Madrid to Sevilla’s Sanchez Pizjuan, less than 72 hours after the teams met in thrilling Cup action on Thursday night at the same venue, in a match that pits first against second on Sunday evening, while at the opposite end of the pile there’s a degree of gory fascination at play, as 19th placed Granada welcome bottom team Osasuna to Los Carmenes earlier on the same day, with both basement sides yet to reach double figures in terms of league points gained.

Both will be an excellent watch, but neither fixture makes it into this week’s betting recommendations, which kick-off with the ‘Draw and both teams to score’ option in Saturday night’s Deportivo La Coruna versus Villarreal clash.

This represents 15th against 5th at the Riazor, an intimidating stadium right on the beach in La Coruna, one which evokes Pittodrie-esque images in mid-winter, with the wind howling in off the Atlantic.

Both sides are superb at finding the net, but Depor have drawn their last three in all competitions, while this excellent Villarreal outfit have drawn three of their last four, including conceding a last gasp equaliser last weekend against Barca, a stroke of blush-sparing genius from the boot of Lionel Messi.

Villarreal have the edge on quality, but this is a tough trip from east to west against an improving opponent, and my suspicion is they’ll be happy to return home with a point.

Depor to draw with Villarreal in a game where both teams find the net is available at nearly 4/1, 18/5 to be precise, with either Betfred or BetVictor.

Moving on, Sunday’s five fixtures look absolutely tremendous, not least the early kick-off (11.00am) in which Espanyol can heap more misery on Valencia by winning away at the towering, but currently vulnerable, Mestalla.

In recent times this resilient Espanyol side have been good enough to win on their travels against Alaves, as well as grind out a point in the Vicente Calderon against Atletico.

Valencia sit in a precarious 17th, and this could be a miserable first league game in charge for new boss Voro Gonzalez.

Espanyol looks generously priced at 3’s with any of bet365, Betfred, BetVictor, Ladbrokes or Hills.

Next up it’s Celta Vigo against Alaves, 9th against 12th at the Balaidos, where Celta put the aforementioned Valencia to the sword in the Copa Del Rey on Thursday night, completing a 6-2 aggregate victory!

This opposition will be far tougher though; draw specialists Alaves will undoubtedly once again to be hard to break down.

With that in mind, the draw looks a cracking wager at 14/5 with either Betfred or BetVictor.

Lastly, it might be getting greedy by going for a fourth selection, but then it’s hard to overlook an Eibar side who simply love to punch above their weight.

They travel to struggling Sporting Gijon in the 5.30pm kick-off, and might well be able to do enough to depart El Molinon with all three points.

Eight places above their hosts in the league, don’t forget Eibar have very recently beaten Sporting home and away in the Copa Del Rey, and meet a team on a run of four straight defeats!

Eibar are 7/4 with Hills to make that five.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

7.45pm Sat – Deportivo v Villarreal – Draw & Both Teams To Score @ 18/5 (Betfred or BetVictor)

11.00am Sun – Valencia v Espanyol – Away Win @ 3/1 (bet365, BetVictor or Ladbrokes)

3.15pm Sun – Celta Vigo v Alaves – Draw @ 14/5 (Betfred or BetVictor)

5.30pm Sun – Sporting Gijon v Eibar – Away Win @ 7/4 (Hills)

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16 Dec
2016

In A Liga Of Its Own (17th & 18th December)

Spanish football’s elite top flight, La Liga, is undoubtedly the dominant force in European football in recent times, providing five of the last six finalists in the Champions League, as well as five of the last eight winners.

It doesn’t stop there either, with teams from Spain also ruling the roost in Europe’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, taking four of the last five editions, highlighted by triumphs for goal happy Sevilla in 2014, ’15 and ’16.

Enthused by a domestic league bursting with quality and rivalry, the Sportsman’s Tom Lee, a regular visitor to Spain and its football grounds, takes a weekly look at the best bets on the fixture list…

Saturday’s early kick-off in week 16 of the campaign has the potential to be quite a tense affair at El Molinon, as home side Sporting Gijon try to sign off before the winter break with some urgently needed points.

Flying high in fourth, visitors Villarreal find themselves in nosebleed territory, still buzzing from Monday’s 3-0 walloping of a strangely out of sorts Atletico Madrid.

So 18th v 4th, but Sporting have been showing enough in not only drawing 1-1 at home to Sevilla, but also going down by the odd goal in games against heavyweights like Real Madrid, to suggest there’s a real fighting spirit running through their ranks.

They usually score, and Villarreal look a bit too short away from home, so take the draw at 12/5.

Another game with a similar complexion is 19th placed Granada at home to the side lying in fifth, Real Sociedad, perhaps the surprise package of the season so far…

It’s been much more like it from Granada in recent weeks, seeing off Sevilla and then bagging a point against Malaga in the Andalusian derby.

Sociedad meanwhile, discounting an off day when they were dismantled in the Riazor by Deportivo, have just got better and better, putting the wind up Barcelona as well as beating Atletico and Valencia convincingly.

They should have too much for Granada, and can return to the north with all three points – Real Sociedad are 21/20 with BetVictor or Hills.

Lastly, rather than trying to predict what might or might not happen in the local derby between Barca and Espanyol, jump aboard the Deportivo La Coruna express as they take on bottom team, Osasuna, at the Riazor on Sunday evening.

A harsh and unforgiving place to try and play when the wind whistles in off the Atlantic in winter, the Riazor isn’t the kind of spot embattled Osasuna will be relishing going, especially against a Depor team who are fantastic at scoring goals.

Sadly for them, they’re woeful at defending, having scored 15 in their last seven in the league, but conceded 17!

Happily for them, they’re up against a team who just don’t look to have enough to cut it at this level, and a home win beckons.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

12pm Saturday – Sporting Gijon v Villarreal – Draw @ 12/5 (BetVictor)

5.30 Saturday – Granada v Real Sociedad – Away Win @ 21/20 (BetVictor or William Hill)

5.30 Sunday – Deportivo La Coruna v Osasuna – Home Win @ 4/7 (bet365, Betfred or Coral)

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09 Dec
2016

In A Liga Of Its Own…(9th and 10th December)

Spanish football’s elite top flight, La Liga, is undoubtedly the dominant force in European football in recent times, providing five of the last six finalists in the Champions League, as well as five of the last eight winners.

It doesn’t stop there either, with teams from Spain also ruling the roost in Europe’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, taking four of the last five editions, highlighted by triumphs for goal happy Sevilla in 2014, ’15 and ’16.

Enthused by a domestic league bursting with quality and rivalry, Betting Directory’s Tom Lee, a regular visitor to Spain and its football grounds, takes a weekly look at the best bets on the fixture list…

Match day 15 looks set to be a cracker, and gets off to a flying start with Friday night’s southern derby between Malaga and Granada at La Rosaleda.

Despite being dumped out of the Copa del Rey, Malaga have enjoyed an impressive run of results, winning against the likes of Sporting Gijon, Leganes and Deportivo, scoring 11 goals alone against those three.

Bolt onto those victories a stubborn point in the Nou Camp, plus last weekend’s 2-2 draw away to Valencia, and you can see why their fans are perfectly content with how the campaign is going.

So, three points a formality against their less fashionable neighbours from an hour and a half down the road?

Don’t bet on it.

Threatened by the prospect of being jettisoned from the top flight, Granada’s backs to the walls performances of late mean they have what it takes to grab a point in what could be an entertaining game.

Five points from their last four league games has been much more like it, with further momentum gained by a Cup win over Osasuna.

Last weekend’s breathless victory over big-hitters Sevilla was a huge step, a league win any long last, and their point away to Valencia three weeks ago (who Malaga drew with last weekend) is a decent barometer of where they are at present.

Malaga are odds on and understandably so, but Granada can get something out of this, and at the prices a much more appealing bet is both teams to score and the game to end all square, something bet365 and Betfred go 9/2 about.

The great news for Granada is that they’re no longer bottom, leapfrogging current bottom feeders Osasuna with last week’s success.

That’s the same Osasuna who have the misfortune to welcome Barcelona to town this weekend in Saturday’s early kick-off, with Barca looking to build on their midweek Champions League romp against Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Luis Enrique’s team were deflated by a late late show from Sergio Ramos in the Clasico last Saturday, but they can take out their frustrations on an Osasuna outfit who struggle to score, let alone win, a prospect that seems unlikely with Barca desperate not to drop any more points before Christmas.

Stan James go even money about Barca to win to nil.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

Fri 7.45pm – Malaga v Granada – Draw & both teams to score @ 9/2 (bet365)

Sat 12.00pm – Osasuna v Barcelona – Barca to win to nil @ Evens (Stan James)

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01 Dec
2016

In A Liga Of Its Own

Spanish football’s elite top flight, La Liga, is undoubtedly the dominant force in European football in recent times, providing five of the last six finalists in the Champions League, as well as five of the last eight winners.

It doesn’t stop there either, with teams from Spain also ruling the roost in Europe’s second tier tournament, the Europa League, taking four of the last five editions, highlighted by triumphs for goal happy Sevilla in 2014, ’15 and ’16.

Enthused by a domestic league bursting with quality and rivalry, Tom Lee, a regular visitor to Spain and its football grounds, takes a weekly look at the best bets on the fixture list…

Week 14 of the campaign is an especially good one on which to kick-off, bringing with it the first Clasico of the season, as Barca and Real Madrid face off in the Nou Camp on Saturday afternoon.

There’ll be a long time for whoever wins that one to bask in their superiority, principally because the reverse fixture in the Bernabeu isn’t until April 23rd, the same day the Catalan holiday of Sant Jordi is celebrated.

More of that later, as first up at midday on Saturday, bottom club Granada try and do what they haven’t so far this season, namely win a league game!

Alas, despite their confidence boosting 1-0 home win at Los Carmenes in the Copa del Rey over Osasuna on Wednesday, this could be a case of returning back to earth with a bump.

They welcome a prolific Sevilla side who enjoyed themselves in a 5-1 Cup win of their own against Formentera in midweek, and have been going well in the league, amassing 27 points and a share of second in the table.

Recent results such as their 3-2 win away to Deportivo La Coruna suggest they really ought to come this through unscathed, gaining vital ground on a weekend where both Madrid and Barca could very well drop points.

Sevilla are 4/5 for the win with any of Betfred, Hills, Skybet or Stan James.

Which leads us neatly onto the 3.15pm kick-off in Barcelona, and a defining fixture at the Nou Camp, the old stadium guaranteed to be packed to the rafters for the game the locals really want to see…

No Barcelona manager has ever lost twice on the bounce against Real at home, but boss Luis Enrique presides over a side who are stuttering by comparison to their usual standards, drawing their last three in all competitions.

Should Barca succeed it’ll be their 50th home win in the league against their bitter rivals, and they’re likely to have ‘the artist’, Andres Iniesta, back in some capacity after returning from injury.

That said, Lionel Messi has gone five matches without scoring against Madrid, who are missing Gareth Bale but should have key man Casemiro back in the eleven.

Madrid will be happy to preserve the six point gap at the top, while Barca are under huge pressure to deliver, especially with the visitors remaining unbeaten this season.

With so much riding on this and goals likely it’s not hard to be tempted by the idea of a score draw, especially with bookies offering us 7/2 about the game ending level and both teams finding the net in the process.

That price is available with any of bet365, Betfred or BetVictor.

Buena Suerte!

Saturday’s best bets in La Liga:

Sevilla to win away at Granada @ 5/6 with betfair

Barcelona & Real Madrid to draw & both teams to score @ 7/2 with bet365

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