Another big week in the Spanish La Liga with games starting from Friday 12th January through till Sunday 14th January – our football trading expert take a look at the best of the action.
Friday 12th January 2018
Getafe v Malaga
Getafe have won the last four meetings at home by 1-0 and it wouldn’t be the biggest shock if that was the scoreline again. Malaga are awful at the moment and have scored only thirteen goals this season so this is a real chance for Getafe who have won three and drawn one of their last four at home. Hopefully they can pick up where they left off before the break and they did perform reasonably well last week at Atletico Madrid. They have been well backed already this week so the value has gone but they are certainly worth chancing for that speculative 1-0 at 5/1.
Saturday 13th January 2018
Real Madrid v Villarreal
Real Madrid are not in top form and are struggling for a shape/system as Zidane doesn’t seem to know his best eleven or formation. Villarreal are back in form with two wins and a draw (it should have been three wins) following on from three defeats. On their day they can be a match for anyone but they are prone to inconsistency. They have managed two 1-1 draws in the Bernabeu on their last three visits so might be worth chancing here. Preference would be a small Lay of the home side at around 1.25 with a view to trading out if Villarreal lead.
Deportivo La Coruna v Valencia
Valencia have steadied the ship with a victory over Girona and will be looking to get back to their early season form that saw them go thirteen games unbeaten. A minor blip of three defeats in four during December has seen many pundits write them off but I believe they are still good enough to consolidate their top four position and keep their Champions League place. Deportivo have won just once in their last eight and only four times this season. The head to head in recent years has seen three 1-1 draws in the last four meetings, two of them in Coruna. The 13/10 about the visitors is tempting but a better option may be the 7/10 about Valencia in the Draw No Bet market.
Sunday 14th January 2018
Levante v Celta Vigo
If Celta play as they did against Real Madrid last week then they should continue their great record against their hosts. Celta have won their last four here and have won six of the last seven head to heads overall. Levante have not won in their last six matches but three of their last five have ended 0-0 so they can set up tough to beat. Celta have scored in all away matches this season so it is hard to see them not getting something here and they are clearly backable at 13/10.
Real Sociedad v Barcelona
The last time Barcelona won in the league in San Sebastian, was May 2007 with the last seven visits resulting in five losses and two draws. This is a classic case of current form, against past stats. The stats are there for a reason and Barcelona clearly don’t like playing there but they did won in the Copa del Rey last season. On current form there can be only one winner but I couldn’t take the price on offer, 1.40, which is far too short. I’m not too keen to Lay the visitors but for anyone who does I wouldn’t put you off.
Note: Odds are subject to change