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16 Nov
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(18 & 19 Nov)

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

Back with a bang from the unpopular international break, jornada 12 has a very obvious highlight at 7.45pm on Saturday evening, with the first ever meeting between the two Madrid giants, Atleti and Real, at the gleaming new Wanda Metropoliano.

Six months on from the capital city rivals playing out a thunderous (literally) Champions League semi-final, we find them a third of the way through season 2017/18, locked together on 23 points, meaning this represents fourth against third.

Apart from at home to Chelsea in the Champions League, Simeone’s Atleti have been nigh on impossible to beat, winning six and drawing five of their 11 league games so far, though with the lowest goals for tally in the top five (16).

Across town, Real’s form has been more unpredictable. A pair of stumbles in the league plus a comprehensive defeat to Spurs at Wembley means the gato is very much among the pigeons when it comes to weighing up their season to date.

Mean, miserly, solid and dependable Atletico, against their neighbours who are harder to second guess, but would surely love to bank a point and come out of this something to hold before they head to Cyprus for Champions League duty on Monday.

For that reason, it’s a draw all the way in this for me, with both bet365 and Stan James offering 5/2 about the stalemate.

Another team who love to keep it tight are Leganes, who find themselves in a highly respectable ninth position after conceding just eight all season, the third best defensive tally in the division after Barca and Atletico!

The problem for them is in finding a way through, with their yield of nine in 11 equating to just 0.81 goals per game.

Up against rampant table-toppers Barcelona on Saturday afternoon at the Estadio Municipal de Batarque (3.15pm), that’s not especially likely to suddenly improve – the Catalan giants have let in just four so far, while notching 30 of their own!

Therefore, it doesn’t sound too exquisite to suggest the way to go is Barcelona to win to nil at BetVictor’s 23/20.

I’m not sure they’ll run away with it, but the league leaders can emerge with a valuable victory, while maintaining that excellent rearguard form.

Finally, if you’re looking for something a shade more high risk, what about Levante to claw out a crucial away win against Las Palmas in Gran Canaria (Sun, 5.30pm)?

Strugglers Deportivo went there and swatted them 3-1 just three weeks ago, beating a team who haven’t exactly flourished since bizarrely getting shot of ace former manager, Manolo Marquez, who really seemed to have the makings of something good despite humble resources.

On -20 the islanders have the worst goal difference in the entire division, and entertain visitors who’ve been scrapping hard for points, losing just three of their 11 to date.

Levante could very well come away with a third win of the campaign, an outcome that strikes me as overpriced at the 11/4 available with Betfred or SkyBet.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

3.15pm (Sat) – Leganes v Barcelona – BARCELONA TO WIN TO NIL @ 23/20 (BetVictor)

7.45pm (Sat) – Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid – DRAW @ 5/2 (bet365)

5.30pm (Sun) – Las Palmas v Levante – AWAY WIN @ 11/4 (Betfred)

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03 Nov
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(4 & 5 Nov)

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

The only place to start this week has to be at the Mestalla, the towering and brilliantly done-up home (for now at least) of high-flyers Valencia, who sit second on 24 points after a scrappy but nonetheless effective three points at rock-bottom Alaves last week.

No European football means they’ve had all week to rest and recover from that trip, welcoming a highly impressive Leganes at midday on Saturday.

Parsimonious in defence, but also low scoring in attack, Leganes are a highly effective unit who don’t sit seventh by mistake, though with respect to their recent assignments this is way tougher.

Los Che are generally a 1/2 shot to make it win number eight on the bounce in all competitions, but that can be turned into a far more attractive odds against 23/20 (Coral) by backing them to be winning at half time.

They will blast off in front of their own fans and should have too much firepower, having already scored 27 in 10 in the league.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Alaves remained rooted to the foot of the table and will probably remain there after Espanyol have paid as visit to the Mendizorrotza (5.30pm).

Four goals in ten games just isn’t good enough, and though Espanyol aren’t world beaters they do know how to get the job done, arriving here off the back of a 1-0 victory against Betis, as well losing just one of their last eight in all.

The Catalan side can help prolong the Basque outfit’s misery, and look attractively priced at 8/5 with Paddy Power.

Lastly, another team who struggle to hit the target this season are Eibar, and it’s hard to envisage them getting too much change out of their 5.30pm Sunday visit to face Real Sociedad in the Anoeta.

On -17 Eibar have the joint worst goal difference in the top flight (alongside Las Palmas), and come up against a side who badly need to ignite their campaign after some indifferent results.

Available at 4/6 with SportingBet, La Real should do just that.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

12.00 Sat – VALENCIA v Leganes – Valencia to be ahead at half time @ 23/20 (Coral)

5.30 Sat – Alaves v ESPANYOL – Away win @ 8/5 (Paddy Power)

5.30 Sun – REAL SOCIEDAD v Eibar – Home win @ 6/10 (Betfair)

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28 Oct
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(28 Oct)

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

Matchday 10 brings with it a flurry of attractive games this weekend, especially on Saturday when in the early kick-off, struggling Alaves welcome high-flying Valencia to the Mendizorrotza (12.00pm).

It’s 19th against 2nd, which on both counts no-one would’ve believed two months ago, but here we are with Alaves at least showing signs of life in the last four weeks, winning away to Levante for a much needed three points at the end of September, and then experiencing that presently all too rare winning feeling in midweek, when seeing off Getafe in the Copa del Rey.

As for Valencia?

For a team who hail from a brilliant city in which oranges grow on trees in the streets and a paella is never more than 100 yards away, even they have it pretty good right now, with the infamously hard-to-please Mestalla crowd purring in appreciation of what they’re seeing.

They sit second after a stirring run of form which has seen them hit 23 goals in their last six in all competitions, in the process showing us the brilliance of Messrs Guedes, Kondogbia and Zaza.

They continue to dazzle, with the Portuguese loan-signing from PSG, Guedes, looking truly special, and as such they look a must at 8/13 with any of Boyles, Coral or Skybet.

Later in the day, its fourth against sixth at the Wanda Metropolitano, as Atleti entertain Villarreal in what will be a real test of Diego Simeone’s side (5.30pm).

This will be as tight as tight can be, but the home team have conceded just two in the last six in the league, and will once again, boa-constrictor style, try and squeeze the life out of the game.

I certainly fancy them to win to nil, but I’ll go further than that and suggest a 1-0 correct score home win, with 11/2 the odds of reward about that eventuality with any of bet365, Betfred, Betway or Ladbrokes.

Finally, the third and final recommendation comes in the late, late game at the Sanchez Pizjuan (9.30pm), where a strangely out of sorts Sevilla try and wake themselves up against one of the stories of the season, Leganes.

Eighth versus fifth isn’t the way you’d have expected to bill this, and yet both have a similar record, with Leganes currently a point superior (17).

Maybe their bubble will burst, but equally Sevilla have looked utterly lethargic in recent games apart from their Copa Del Rey stroll against Cartagena, and it might very well be that Leganes can exploit the hosts’ current malaise and grab a valuable point.

For two teams so close together in the table, the draw does look big at 3/1 with either Fred or Paddy.

Good luck!

Saturday’s best bets in La Liga:

12.00pm – Alaves v VALENCIA (away win) @ 8/13 (coral)

5.30pm – ATLETICO MADRID v Villarreal (1-0 correct score) @ 11/2 (bet365)

9.30pm – Sevilla v Leganes (draw) @ 3/1 (Paddy Power)

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20 Oct
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(21 & 23 Oct)

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

Jornada nine of the 38 in the 2017/18 season is an intriguing one for sure, though it might be one to avoid if you’re a fan of rock-bottom Malaga.

A solitary point from a possible 24 isn’t quick what the Rosaleda faithful will have been hoping for prior to a ball being kicked, and their goal difference of -14 is (alongside Eibar) unsurprisingly the worst around.

What could be worse then, than a visit to the Nou Camp to face a rampant Barcelona (Saturday, 7.45pm)?!

Barca, the who’ve conceded just three in eight and scored a whopping 24, up against a side who look ragged and rudderless and have barely had 24 shots all season!

Things will have to change and rapidly, but this looks for all the world like a home win to nil, with Paddy Power offering the Catalan side, who were slick and efficient in their midweek Messi show against Olympiacos in the Champions League, at 10/11 to do just that.

Likely to be a tad more even, one game this weekend which just screams entertainment is the Saturday teatime game between much-improved, gung-ho Valencia, and an out of sorts looking Sevilla (5.30pm).

Sevilla fell apart in Moscow on Tuesday night, losing 5-1 to a limited Spartak, and even domestically they’ve struggled to find a rhythm, labouring to narrow wins against Girona and Las Palmas, and getting turned over by Atleti and Athletic Bilbao.

Have Valencia got the tools for the home win?

Very definitely, but part of the reason they’re so good to watch this year is the gaps they leave at the back – consider this, their last four games have featured a crazy 24 goals!

Sevilla might not be clicking right now, but they’ll get chances at the Mestalla, so for that reason I’m backer backer of Valencia to win and both teams to score, generally a 9/4 chance, though there is some 23/10 with Paddy or better still, 12/5 with the Betfair Sportsbook.

Lastly, Monday evening’s 8th v 13th clash between Real Sociedad and Espanyol also catches the eye (7.00pm), with the home team on a high after their 6-0 Europa League cruise in Macedonia.

Before that, they easily despatched struggling Alaves, drew 4-4 in a bonkers game against Real Betis, came off worse in a five goal ding-dong affair with Valencia, and earlier played extremely well for 20 minutes before succumbing at home to Real Madrid.

A repeat of any of those performances ought to be enough against a tame Espanyol, who’ve mustered only seven goals in eight.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

Sat 5.30pm – Valencia v Sevilla – Valencia to win & both teams to score @ 12/5 (Betfair Sportsbook)

Sat 7.45pm – Barcelona v Malaga – Barca to win to nil @ 10/11 (Paddy Power)

Mon 7.00pm – Real Sociedad v Espanyol – Real Sociedad to win @ 17/20 (bet365)

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22 Sep
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(23 & 25 Sept)

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

Having only completed the previous round of fixtures late on Thursday night with Levante’s riotous and highly entertaining despatch of Real Sociedad, we march directly into a full weekend of action, one jam packed with what might very well be extremely tricky games.

Anything could happen when goalless Alaves welcome wobbling Real Madrid – probably a heavy away win, Girona welcome their near neighbours Barcelona in a game that not that long ago would only have been plausible as a pre-season friendly, Malaga try and get their first point of the campaign in a north versus south clash with Athletic Bilbao, while on Sunday the islanders of Las Palmas try and continue their outstanding form when hosting Leganes.

My two bets on the card are elsewhere though, and it’d be remiss not to start with what is clearly the game of the round, Saturday’s early kick-off at the Wanda Metropolitano near Madrid airport, where Atleti entertain fellow heavyweights Sevilla (12.00pm).

Two outstanding sides, Atleti unbeaten in all competitions this season, afraid to lose what is just their ever second game in their shiny new premises, buoyed by the announcement of the return next year of a certain Diego Costa, up against a lightning quick Sevilla, now led by Eduardo Berizzo, fantastic in possession, also unbeaten in 2017/18, and not afraid to take the game to anyone.

Both have had the same recovery time from their midweek wins, and this is third against second in the table.

Can’t split them?

Then don’t!

Back the draw at a hefty looking 3/1 with any of bet365, Betfred, Betway or Coral, after all, at this stage of the campaign it’s probably more important not to lose than it is to win.

It’s then a gap ’til Monday night for the other bet on the card, namely a much improved this season Real Betis to do the job at home to ‘pinch yourself’ Levante (8.00pm).

Rightly so, there’s loads of goodwill towards the Valencian side who find themselves unbeaten after five, with their two wins and three draws including the aforementioned 3-0 battering of Real Sociedad, a draw in the Bernabeu against Real, plus a point in the local derby against Valencia. Good work!

Have they been fun to watch? Definitely.

Have they ridden their luck? I’d say so.

Nothing wrong with that, but Seville’s other team look sharper this time around, with Betis not just quietening the Bernabeu with a point, but getting the full hit when silencing the place with all three on Wednesday night!

They’ve also won both their home games, and with an extra day’s prep I fancy they might just have too many guns for tired Levante legs.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

12.00pm Sat – Atletico Madrid v Sevilla – Draw @ 3/1 (bet365, Betfred, Betway or Coral)

8.00pm Mon – Real Betis v Levante – Home win @ 17/20 (bet365)

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19 Sep
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(19, 20 & 21 Sept)

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

After a sluggish tipping start to the season it’s onto midweek jornada five as we try and up the pace, with games spread across three nights this week, yet another example of Spain’s excellence in varying the fixture list to ensure the maximum number of eyeballs have access.

First up, in-form Barcelona are unlikely to provide too many scraps for Eibar to feed off at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night, where a win to nil is very much on the cards, despite the absence of tendon injury victim Ousmane Dembélé.

Eibar will be perfectly happy with their yield of six points from four matches, but are highly unlikely to leave with anything here, with Barca conceding just one in their last five in all competitions, at a time when high profile new signings, both managerial and on the playing side, are beginning to have an impact.

Also on Tuesday night, back Valencia to make home advantage count at the Mestalla by seeing off basement boys Malaga.

Having backed them I was shocked by Malaga’s toothless display at home to Las Palmas last week, a showing that doesn’t bode well as they prepare to visit a ground where they’ve come unstuck in five of their last six visits.

They managed an entertaining 2-2 last season, but they’d take that now against a Valencia side who are showing signs of life, and who will find this significantly easier than when taking a point recently from both Atleti and Real Madrid.

One solitary goal and no points so far shows how much work Malaga have to do to kick-start their campaign.

On Wednesday night Deportivo La Coruna have a gilt-edged opportunity to get themselves going with a much-needed win, as they welcome a yet to score Alaves to the Riazor.

The Basque side are rock bottom on goal difference, just below Malaga, following morale sapping losses to Leganes, Barca, Celta Vigo and Villarreal.

They’re too good to stay in that position forever, but this tough on them going to an arena like the Riazor, to face a Depor side who, although also struggling in 17th themselves, have shown enough against the likes of Real Madrid and Real Sociedad to suggest their first three point haul won’t be long in coming. Let’s hope it’s here.

Finally, Thursday evening will, all being well, see Villarreal net a fourth consecutive win in all competitions by doing the business against Espanyol.

The visitors have just 72 hours to recover from tough game against Celta on Monday night, one they nearly threw away but eventually saw out to win 2-1.

The fresher, in-form legs of Villarreal will surely pose plenty more problems.

Good luck!

This week’s best bets in La Liga:

Tues 7.00pm – VALENCIA v Malaga – Home win @ 8/15 (Bet Victor)

Tues 9.00pm – BARCELONA v Eibar – Barca to win to nil @ 10/11 (Paddy Power)

Wed 8.00pm – DEPORTIVO v Alaves – Home win @ 10/11 (bet365)

Thur 7.00pm – VILLARREAL v Espanyol – Home win @ 3/4 (Betfred)

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08 Sep
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(9 & 11 Sept)

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

First of all, hallelujah! The hated international break is done and dusted and we can get back to some proper sport, on a weekend which serves up some potentially great games, including the Barca v Espanyol derby.

Two games into an exciting season an interruption is the last thing that was required, though judging by the way Spain have performed, it’s not hard to believe there could be something special brewing, a la 2010 and 2012.

Plenty of the national side’s key talent resides in the capital, and will be on display when Real Madrid host promoted Levante in the opening game on Saturday afternoon (12.00 kick-off).

The new boys have done extremely well to take four points from their opening two games, but it’ll likely be damage limitation in this, their stiffest examination of the entire campaign.

Zinedine Zidane’s team are unlikely to be breached here, and the 4/5 with Stan James about the home side to win to nil looks the way to go.

Far more evenly contested is likely to be the game which follows, as Atletico Madrid, still yet to step out at their new home after the delays which have held up the Wanda Metropolitano, face Valencia at the Mestalla.

Both have bagged a win and a draw in the early part of the campaign, with Valencia especially impressive when refusing to be intimidated by Real Madrid, shrugging off conceding by fighting back to take a point.

Atleti were made to sweat at Girona on the opening weekend, a game that should have been played in the capital, but they swatted Las Palmas on matchday two and should by typically hard to play against as the season rolls on.

What appeals to me here is both a draw and goals, so backing the stalemate at nearly 4/1 in the ‘both teams to score’ market seems reasonable, with BetVictor going 15/4.

Lastly, one team who’ve made a very sluggish start to 2017/18 is a side I have a massive soft spot for, Malaga.

Gunned down 1-0 by a surprisingly good Girona last time out, they also managed to get their pockets picked at home by Eibar on the opening weekend, but the fixture computer has been kind, meaning they face poor travellers Las Palmas at home on Monday evening.

The islanders were thumped by Atleti last time out, and this looks a golden opportunity for Malaga to get their season up and running with three points at La Rosaleda

They’re even money for the win with any of bet365, Betway, BetVictor, Boylesports, Hills, Ladbrokes or Unibet.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

12.00 Sat – Real Madrid v Levante – Madrid to win to nil @ 4/5 (Stan James)

3.15 Sat – Valencia v Atletico Madrid – Draw & Both teams to score @ 15/4 (BetVictor)

8.00 Mon – Malaga v Las Palmas – Home win @ Evs (bet365, Betway, BetVictor, Boylesports, Hills, Ladbrokes or Unibet)

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25 Aug
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(26 & 27 Aug)

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

One of the key stories on the opening weekend of the newborn Spanish top flight campaign was victory for newly promoted Levante, the Valencian side who spent a single season in the Segunda before bouncing back in May.

A few eyebrows were raised by their gritty display in seeing off Villarreal on Monday, making home advantage pay when Jose Luis Morales kept his nerve to convert an 88th minute penalty.

That’s the same Villarreal who finished fifth last season with a tidy 67 points!

With confidence high there must be a serious chance Levante can do a Huddersfield, and make it all six points from a possible six by seeing off Deportivo La Coruna in another home encounter this weekend (Sat, 7.15pm).

I envisage this being tight and scrappy, especially as the home team are missing Roger Marti long term due to a knee injury, the man who bagged a whopping 22 goals last season.

They also can’t play loan man Rober Pier as Depor are his parent club, but Levante probably still have enough quality in their ranks having made nine signings over the summer months.

Depor for their part began in bright and industrious fashion against Real Madrid last Sunday, but were quickly worn down by the superior quality of Zinedine Zidane’s winning juggernaut.

This could also be a hard night’s work, especially given their lack of goals, and I think Levante will prevail in a tight game – they are 5/4 in a place to maintain their unblemished record.

Having mentioned the Champions, it’s to Madrid we’ll go next for a recommendation for their home clash with Valencia (Sun, 9.15pm).

Both started with a win, Valencia toiling to a 1-0 scoreline against Las Palmas, but Madrid ought to have significantly too much here.

Rarely have they looked better than right now, with fantastic young players being blended in alongside astonishing quality.

They can win this without conceding, and its appealing that Real are 13/10 with Stan James to win to nil.

Elsewhere, one game that might end up all square is at the Ipurua Municipal, as tiny Eibar welcome Athletic Bilbao (Sun, 5.15pm).

Bilbao were frustrated at home in a goalless draw against Getafe on Sunday, whereas Eibar fashioned a classic smash and grab by taking all three points north from their visit to Malaga, leaving with a cherished 1-0 victory.

This is last season’s 10th against 7th, but a draw would be far from a disaster for both as we approach next weekend’s international break in the infancy of the campaign.

The stalemate is 9/4 in several places.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

7.15pm Sat – LEVANTE v Deportivo La Coruna (Home Win) @ 5/4 (Hills)

5.15pm Sun – Eibar v Athletic Bilbao – DRAW @ 9/4 (Betway, Sportingbet or Unibet)

9.15pm Sun – REAL MADRID v Valencia (Madrid to win to nil) @ 13/10 (Stan James)

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18 Aug
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own…(19 & 20 Aug)

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

It’s a case of tread carefully as we welcome La Liga back from its summer siesta, seemingly just a few sleeps since domestic champions Real Madrid swept through Cardiff to win their third European Cup in just four years in early June, demolishing Juventus 4-1 in the Millennium Stadium.

Their 12th win in Europe’s Premier competition overall, Zinedine Zidane’s team warmed up for the season with the small matter of a two-legged Clasico stroll against Barcelona this week, sweeping Ernesto Valverde’s team aside 5-1 on aggregate in the Super Cup.

If complacency was a possible issue, you might want to find a different reason to doubt the Bernabeu side.

They open up their league season with a Sunday night journey to play Deportivo La Coruna in the North West (9.15pm), an early season treat for the patrons of the Riazor.

Depor finished last season anxiously in 16th spot, with a goal difference of minus 18.

With that in mind, and with Real’s Isco flying and playing the best football of his career, and the champions already looking mean, I’m drawn to the half time odds offered by Ladbrokes.

They go 4/5 that the goal happy Madridistas will be a leading at the interval, a decent price when you consider the same firm are 3/10 about the away win overall.

Elsewhere, way down south it’s Sevilla who catch my eye in the late slot on Saturday (9.15pm), entertaining Espanyol at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Sevilla came through a Champions League first leg qualifier in Istanbul unscathed earlier this week, emerging with an important 2-1 advantage.

That means they’re match fit and ready to go against an Espanyol side who aren’t always the greatest travellers.

They’re 4/6 for the home win.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

9.15pm Sat – SEVILLA v Espanyol – Home Win @ 4/6 (BetVictor, Coral)

9.15pm Sun – Deportivo v REAL MADRID – Madrid to be winning at half time @ 4/5 (Ladbrokes)

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Posted 3 months ago

13 May
2017

In A Liga Of Its Own….(14 May)

This Sunday’s best bets in La Liga – 10 trebles, 5 fourfolds plus a five team acca:

3pm – ALAVES v Celta Vigo – Home Win @ 4/5 (Coral, Hills, Fred or Ladbrokes)

7pm – EIBAR v Sporting Gijon – Home Win @ 21/20 (Ladbrokes)

7pm – Real Betis v ATLETICO MADRID – Away Win @ 4/7 (bet365, Betfred, BetVictor)

7pm – REAL MADRID v Sevilla – Home Win @ 1/5 (Boyle, Hills or Skybet)

7pm – Las Palmas v BARCELONA – Barca To Win To Nil @ 29/20 (BetVictor, Coral or Ladbrokes)

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