14 Apr

In A Liga Of Its Own…(15 & 16 Apr)

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…

It’s back to the grind of league football for Spanish football’s aristocrats this weekend, following a midweek calendar in which holders Real Madrid produced a stunning Champions League display in Munich, brittle Barcelona once again went to pieces when getting walloped by Juve, and Atletico did what Atletico do, namely squeeze the life out of a game and win 1-0, taming the Foxes of Leicester.

In fact, if you translate that idea to Atleti’s league campaign, one which was a bit of a mess pre-Christmas, you’d find that they’d won without conceding in 13 of their 31 games to date, which in turn provides a solid plan of attack for Saturday’s game against rock bottom Osasuna (5.30pm).

Osasuna have shown signs of a belated fight by winning their last two, but it’s too little too late, and a trip to the Vicente Calderon to face a now in-form Atleti isn’t what they’d have wanted, far from it.

Unfortunately for Diego Simeone and his team, games are running out as they try and make ground on Barca in second, but this is a banker three points, one which can be achieved with a clean sheet at the other end.

As the first leg of a multiple, Atleti to win to nil gets the vote at 4/6 with either BetVictor or Betway.

Moving on to Sunday, the astonishing success story which is Eibar’s campaign gets its latest airing, this time with an away trip to Seville to play Real Betis (5.30pm).

That Eibar are even in La Liga is miraculous, but for them to be flying high in seventh, largely owing to a squad fuelled by low wages and loan signings, is incredible.

Momentum and confidence, something largely absent for a Betis side who’ve lost their last three, are strange creatures though, and could yet propel Eibar to Europa League football in 2017/18.

Quite what they’d do when they got there is anyone’s guess, but for now they can dream, and they’ll continue to do so if they can snatch another three points down south.

Don’t forget, they’ve won their last three on the spin, scoring eight in the process, and look generously priced at 7/4 to continue that sequence.

Finally, just when you thought every conceivable headline had been written this week, up pops Tony Adams of all people to take over as interim manager at soon to be relegated Granada.

The ex-Arsenal and England skipper had already been working in a an advisory role at the club, but now takes the reins with a side who are good to watch, but lack quality.

Sunday’s opponents, Celta Vigo, are likely to make changes with little to play for in the league, and less than 72 hours recovery time since Thursday evening’s Europa League win against Gent.

Adams, who was unveiled to the press wearing an offcut from a discount carpet warehouse closing down sale, might very well get something from this, and the way to go looks to the stalemate, with the draw available at a tempting 5/2 with any of Fred, Skybet or Victor.

Good luck!

This weekend’s best bets in La Liga:

5.30 Sat – ATLETICO MADRID v Osasuna – Atletico to win to nil @ 4/6 (BetVictor or Betway)

5.30 Sun – Real Betis v EIBAR – Away win @ 7/4 (bet365 or Betfred)

7.45 Sun – Granada v Celta Vigo – DRAW @ 5/2 (Betfred, BetVictor or Skybet)

Be Sociable, Share!
Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Betting Tips Archive

April 2017
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
« Mar    

Today's NAPS from leading Racing Journalists

1:50 Warwick View Result
Midnight MerlotMelissa Jones (Gloucestershire Echo)
2:20 Warwick View Result
Atlantic StormGarry Owen (Daily Record)
2:30 Pontefract View Result
AbushamahMoorestyle (Daily Star Sunday)
Red TeaChris Wright (Liverpool Echo)
2:50 Warwick View Result
Robin Of LocksleyChris Goulding (Scottish Express)
The Tourard ManRob Wright (The Times)
Thumb Stone BluesWise Owl (Belfast Newsletter)
3:05 Pontefract View Result
Another Wise KidPaul Kealy (Weekender)
Edward LewisNewsboy (Daily Mirror)
Rockavon (Sunday Mail)
The Duke (Yorkshire Post)
JudicialEbor (The Press, York)
Line Of ReasonMarlborough (Daily Telegraph)
Robin Goodfellow (Daily Mail)
Northgate LadGlendale (The Scotsman)
3:25 Warwick View Result
Contre Tous- (Racing and Football Outlook)
3:55 Warwick View Result
Big Casino- (The Guardian)
Morney WingRory Delargy (The Irish Field)
4:10 Pontefract View Result
Star CatchJeffrey Ross (Glasgow Evening Times)
Lee Sobot (Yorkshire Evening Post)
Patrick Weaver (The Star)
Mercury (Daily Post)
4:50 Kempton View Result
Captain PeacockThe Scout (Daily Express)
5:00 Warwick View Result
Gortroe JoeFortunatus (Sheffield Star)
5:30 Warwick View Result
Mr MercurialFarringdon (Morning Star)
5:35 Lingfield View Result
Frank CoolSteve Simpson (Blackpool Gazette)
5:40 Pontefract View Result
Miss SheridanJason Heavey (Sunday Express)
5:45 Windsor View Result
Next ChallengeKarl Hedley (Irish Post)
SwiftsureWest Tip (Western Morning News)
6:05 Lingfield View Result
MossgoTemplegate (The Sun)
6:15 Windsor View Result
EnglishmanKeith McHugh (Oldham Evening Chronicle)
6:35 Lingfield View Result
ShargiahWhistler (Sunday Telegraph)

Free Bets