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Friday, July 12 2013, 06:51 AM
La Liga Football betting and handicapping forum: discuss picks, odds, and predictions for upcoming games.
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    Tuesday, December 10 2013, 09:40 AM - #permalink
    Levante vs Elche
    Match Date: 13 December 2013 (local time)
    Venue: Ciudad de Valencia

    Levante was slapped with a double whammy after suffering two (2) consecutive defeats from Recreativo Huelva (Copa del Rey) and Getafe (La Liga).
    Winless in four (4) of its last six (6) La Liga matches, Levante’s top brass Joaquin Caparros looks forward to ending their “poor run of results.” The club’s head honcho refused to point his fingers at injuries and stated that other clubs also experience the same dilemma. It can be remembered that during the Getafe encounter, Issam Al Adoua, Papa Babacar Diawara and Hector Rodas were all sidelined because of injuries.
    Losing to Getafe prevented Levante from entering La Liga’s top 10. However, perhaps the match against Elche will give them the lift they need for the ranking.
    Although they have a lower rank, Elche can capitalize on their team form to overcome Levante.
    Elche has only lost thrice during its last six (6) matches. Two (2) of them ended in a draw and these were against 2 of La Liga’s high performing clubs, Getafe and Athletic Bilbao. The club’s ability to put up against stronger squads, can give them the edge they need.
    However, Elche’s last 6 matches against Levante has been unsuccessful. As a matter of fact, they have only won once during those encounters.
    Football betting tip: Levante
    Levante’s dominance during their previous clashes gives them the upper hand in this particular match. Adding more strength is the fact they will be playing in their own ground, which gives them the outright advantage over the visitors.

    Osasuna vs Real Madrid
    Match Date: 14 December 2013 (local time)
    Venue: Estadio El Sadar

    Once again, the Los Rojillos face the possibility of moving closer to the relegation zone. Already on the 16th spot of the La Liga table, the club needs to face and overcome Real Madrid to stay in Spain’s top-flight league.
    Osasuna has only won twice during their last 6 matches and the series of unfortunate events prevented them from improving their La Liga rank.
    Real Madrid
    Gareth Bale’s hat trick and a sure shot from Karim Benzema propelled Real Madrid’s victory against Valladolid. The latter was thrashed with four (4) goals and allowed the Los Blancos to keep a clean sheet against them.
    Real Madrid remains a strong title contender this season. They have won five (5) of their last 6 matches. Overall, they have been pretty successful in twenty-nine (29) of their last thirty-one (31) battles in La Liga. It is also important to note that they have been scoring at least four (4) goals during their last three (3) matches.
    The battle against Osasuna is crucial to both clubs. Real Madrid needs this to overcome its city rival, Atletico Madrid. The latter has already overshadowed them in the ranking, following the loss in El Clasico.
    Football betting tip: Real Madrid
    There is no doubt that Real Madrid gets the upper hand in this match. A win against Osasuna shall help them force a triple tie in La Liga’s top spot.
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    Online betting favorite, Barcelona, will prove that they are not dependent on Lionel Messi as they face Valencia in Bernabeu. Likewise, Rayo Vallecano will fight tooth and nail to ensure their survival next season.

    Rayo Vallecano vs Granada
    Match Date: 14 December 2013 (local time)

    Venue: Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas

    Rayo Vallecano
    Rayo Vallecano just came from a scoreless stalemate against Real Betis. But the result hardly helped the club improve their rank in La Liga. To note, Rayo Vallecano is on the verge of hitting the relegation arena again. What is even worse is that they have to face Granada soon.

    Rayo Vallecano’s not so impressive form witnessed them lose five (5) of their last six (6) home matches in the league. Moreover, their performance has not been very successful both during the half and full time. Adding more problems is the series of injuries suffered by its players. Seba Fernandez is expected to be sidelined for six (6) months. Likewise, Perea shall not be seeing any action until December ends. The same thing holds true for Perea and Rodri.


    Granada just suffered a heavy thrashing from the league leader, Barcelona. The club had to endure a 4-0 loss while they struggle to enter the top 10 of the table. Such loss was immediately followed by the 2-1 defeat to Sevilla and therefore, prevented them from moving a notch higher in the league.

    Granada’s current team form presents an equal distribution of wins and losses. However, they cannot afford to be contented with what they had accomplished. As the competition gets tougher, the clamor in the mid table continues to increase as each club wants to clinch a secure spot next season.

    There is no doubt that Granada has the edge in this encounter despite playing in foreign ground. So far, they are one of those clubs that have an outstanding away performance. Their away record also presents a balance and equally distributed number of victories, defeats and draws.

    Football betting tip: Granada
    Although Rayo Vallecano has won three (3) of their last six (6) matches against Granada, their current form presents a very slim chance of taking the victory.
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    Tuesday, December 10 2013, 09:42 AM - #permalink
    Barcelona vs Villareal
    Match Date: 14 December 2013 (local time)
    Venue: Estadio Camp Nou

    It cannot be denied that Lionel Messi’s absence weakened Barcelona’s attacking options. Against Athletic Bilbao, the club is left with no other option but to throw the white towel.

    Barcelona’s current team form is close to being perfect. They have never been defeated in five (5) of their last six (6) matches and still, holds the top spot in La Liga. However, they have been at the center of controversy as they began to struggle (slightly) without Messi. Once again, the over dependence issue cropped out and it is hard to prevent such criticisms knowing that the club’s alternative attacking options have not been performing well.


    Technically speaking Villareal’s form is not very far from Barcelona. They are also undefeated in five (5) of their last six (6) matches. However two (2) of those last 5 encounters ended in a draw, while Barcelona has won all of them.

    The limited number of points gained from stalemates, compared to actual wins, make a huge difference in the rank of both clubs.

    Villareal has never won against Barcelona in all of their previous encounters. Their upcoming match provides them with an opportunity to steal the spotlight as Messi is expected to be sidelined until next year.

    Football betting tip: Barcelona

    Barcelona has won twenty-two (22) of their last home matches in the league. With such record and perhaps even without Messi, it is evident that the club remains as La Liga’s toughest team to beat.
    Getafe’s better rank makes them an automatic sports betting favorite over Malaga. On the other hand, Espanyol’s poor form makes them a better and more competitive against UD Almeria.

    Malaga vs Getafe
    Match Date: 14 December 2013 (local time)
    Venue: Estadio La Rosaleda

    Malaga’s draw against Villareal hardly improved their rank in La Liga. As a matter of fact, they even slumped into the 15th spot as other squads won and overpowered them in the ranking.

    Currently, Malaga has won just once in their last six (6) matches. Their recent performance also saw them concede at least two (2) goals in their last three (3) encounters at home. Due to this, the club’s winning chances against Getafe are very slim.


    Pedro Leon’s last minute shot helped Getafe escape an impending loss or a scoreless stalemate against Levante. Other than gaining three (3) extra points, the club has also successfully improved their rank and get redemption from a 7-0 thrashing they experienced from Atletico Madrid.

    Getafe’s current form is still short of being impressive. They have only won twice in their last six (6) matches. Well, they scored a draw against Elche, but it seemed like the club has a hard time going against stronger squads such as Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. While occupying the 7th spot of the table is something to be proud of, the season is still, very long and not until this season ends and they are able to retain the same spot or even higher, can they say that their form is worthy of merit and recognition.

    Football betting tip: Getafe

    Almeria vs Espanyol
    Match Date: 15 December 2013 (local time)
    Venue: Estadio Mediterraneo

    Team Form
    After three (3) consecutive wins, Almeria fell into Celta Vigo’s hands, thus, marking their second defeat in a row.

    Thanks to Suso, Almeria has somehow prevented Celta Vigo from keeping a clean sheet against them. Setting aside the idea of experiencing another defeat, what made the match even more disappointing was the fact that Almeria’s previous victories were not sustained. They have won three (3) of their last five (5) matches and their most recent loss, added a slap into their progress.

    Once again, Almeria is back into the relegation zone. They are left with no other option but to secure a victory against Espanyol.


    Espanyol’s loss to La Real marked their 4th loss in their last six (6) matches. Although included in La Liga’s top 10, the loss reflects their poor form, which is in dire need of improvement.
    Espanyol has only won once in its last 6 encounters. Evidently, this form is weaker compared to that of Almeria, which was able to secure at least 3 victories. Even in their away form, it seemed that Espanyol is having problems in taking the edge against Almeria. Both of them have lost four (4) of their last 6 away matches. This sounds good news to Almeria, which has been struggling this season. But for Espanyol, it manifests a negative impression.

    Football betting tip: Draw

    Expect a down the wire match from both clubs as the encounter plays a significant role to their future. As for Almeria, this could be their way of getting out of the relegation zone. On the other hand, this could be Espanyol’s chance of improving their rank in the league.
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    Tuesday, March 04 2014, 08:03 AM - #permalink
    Real Valladolid vs. Barcelona
    Match Date: 08 March 2014 (local)
    Match Venue: Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla

    There was never a single instance in their past several matches where Real Valladolid posted a real advantage over title frontrunners Barcelona. Not only were the defeats Pucela incurred from Barca frustrating but they were also devastatingly corrosive, having had to sustain four clean sheets in their seven most recent meetings alone.

    Present tally sees Juan Ignacio Martínez’s men’s standing at the relegation zone, a far cry from Gerardo Martino’s lads’ position which is at number two (they even had a solid grasp of the leadership in the past weeks).

    Football betting tip: Barcelona are off to their 21st win this season

    Real Betis vs. Getafe
    Match Date: 08 March 2014 (local)
    Match Venue: Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera

    Betis’ waterloo position for 17 straight weeks is telling a dangerous meaning: they are at a huge risk of exiting the Spanish top-tier league by the end of the term. The dilemma gets even worse in that even if they scour all three points in their next battle, their overall score will still hinder them from making any upward mobility (but more so if they lose all of them). Getafe, their next rivals, would have a better chance at climbing further in the rankings as they possess the more solid form.

    While there are only a few spots separating the Beticos and Azulones, the former are 12 points adrift of the latter which is be indicative of Getafe’s more developed pitch skills. However, Gabriel Calderón men would likely (and usually) put on aggressive tactics at defending set pieces to at least minimize any damage Luis García Plaza’s players might cause.

    Sports betting tip: Betis and Getafe will share the points.


    Celta Vigo vs. Atletico Madrid
    Match Date: 08 March 2014 (local)
    Match Venue: Estadio Balaídos

    Marooned in the mid-table for almost the entire duration of the season (at least to this point), Celta Vigo will have to move mounts [further] in order for them to reclaim a top-half position. Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, remain an aggressive title contender as they moored themselves in the top three for a fourth straight week after they bagged a point from their derby against archrivals and current leaders Real Madrid.

    By overall gauges, Atletico have a looming dominance over Celta, particularly in the attack and in finishing scoring chances. The sides’ last four face-offs are also solid determinants of an apparent Los Colchoneros supremacy (with all of them ending in their favor).

    Online betting tip: Atletico Madrid will win via clean sheet.

    Granada vs. Villarreal
    Match Date: 08 March 2014 (local)
    Match Venue: Estadio Los Cármenes

    Unfortunately for Granada, the ascent toward the top dozen would seem a little laborious as four of their men are sidelined due to various reasons. Piti, Fran Rico, Tiago Ilori, and Ighalo are all on the benches and are therefore unable to confirm attendance in El Grana’s subsequent battles. Villarreal also have sidelined players (Dorado and Pablo Iniguez) but it appears less problematic as compared to their hosts.

    An array of measurements suggests that El Submarino Amarillo have the superior advantage over the Lucas Alcaraz side. Firstly, the guests are eight spots higher than the hosts or are 17 points clear of them. Secondly, Villarreal have won more frequently than their rivals in their past few meetings. However, when it comes to fixture arrangement, both sides are quite inconsistent: Granada at home and Villarreal on the road.

    Football betting tip: Villarreal will post a narrow lead over Granada.


    Espanyol vs. Elche
    Match Date: 09 March 2014 (local)
    Match Venue: Cornellà – El Prat

    Espanyol’s hopes of gushing into a Europa League seeding was put on a temporary hiatus as they were held to a goalless draw by Getafe. Elche, meanwhile, have turned their mischievous form around by thrashing Celta Vigo to pick up all three points on a 1-0 finish. The sides are now only two places apart, with Espanyol having a four-point advantage.

    The Periquitos were slammed by Los Franjiverdes on their previous meeting which, coincidentally, was also their very first face-off. But with Espanyol having achieved a relatively agreeable form since that disaster, the outcome could be trickier this time around.

    Sports betting tip: A draw will seal this match’s close.

    Almeria vs. Sevilla
    Match Date: 09 March 2014 (local)
    Match Venue: Estadio Mediterrane

    There is a considerable gap (in terms of consistency, individual skills, and overall performance) that separates Almeria and Sevilla. The hosts are notorious at playing with width and taking long shots, but these might have backfired into their form as they never went superior of their enemies when it comes to defending set pieces and aerial duels. Sevilla, meanwhile, have shown dramatic improvements in creating scoring chances and picking up points through set piece attacks.

    The hosts are currently just three points clear of the relegation zone which puts them at high risk of exiting the Spanish top-flight competition. The visitors sit comfortably at number seven which gives them sizable chances at securing berth in the Europa League.

    Online betting tip: Both sides could net goals but Sevilla will ultimately dominate the scoring.


    Real Madrid vs. Levante
    Match Date: 09 March 2014 (local)
    Match Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

    The current table leaders have amassed enough intensities to secure the fiercely targeted spot and come out a serious threat to former leaders Barca and Atletico Madrid. Los Blancos booked a second straight week atop the rankings as they closed their brawl against archrivals Atletico Madrid on a draw at the back of a clean sheet win at Elche. That extends their unbeaten record to a 29th match, which also includes a recent victory over Schalke 04 in the Champions League.

    Failing to strongly compare themselves to Carlo Ancelotti’s men, Levante will have to nail tremendous efforts in order for them to inflict a defeat on and break the undefeated streak of their nemeses. The side have narrowly snubbed the Europa League race and are currently suffering from a five-goal deficit in terms of goal difference.

    Football betting tip: Real Madrid will emerge as victors, hands down.

    Valencia vs. Athletic Bilbao
    Match Date: 09 March 2014 (local)
    Match Venue: Estadio Mestalla

    Based on their five most recent La Liga results, inconsistency is a major pull factor to both Valencia and Athletic Bilbao with only little differences to make any gap. Los Che succumbed in their last battle, although the four matches before that have generally been very successful. Bilbao, meanwhile, obtained back-to-back victories in their two latest matches—which serve as redemptions to the defeat and draws they incurred from Espanyol, Celta Vigo, and Real Madrid, respectively. As per previous meetings, the sides are nearly emanating the same wavelength, with each posting one win and one defeat in their three most recent face-offs.

    Sports betting tip: This match will result in a deadlock.


    Osasuna vs. Malaga
    Match Date: 10 March 2014 (local)
    Match Venue: Estadio El Sadar

    The league’s most resilient underdogs and the club that have fired the most impressive shockers are also the tournament’s most inconsistent side. Osasuna had a sensational, headline-worthy feat when they toppled title chasers Atletico Madrid a few weeks ago but they seemed to have forgotten to carry the momentum as they conceded three points in the brawl right after their Atletico fixture, which was against Levante. The fixture ended 2-0 with stellar performances from Papakouli Diop and Ruben Garcia.

    Malaga, in comparison, are more consistent—but not in a good way. Looming above the drop zone by just three points, Los Boquerones have been having sharp insecurities lately. Their last four top-tier matches only gave them two points (two defeats, two draws), and the form gets even worse if their friendly match with Dynamo Kyiv 3-1 will be considered.

    Online betting tip: Osasuna could pull off a ninth season victory from this battle.

    Real Sociedad vs. Rayo Vallecano
    Match Date: 10 March 2014 (local)
    Match Venue: Estadio Anoeta

    Real Sociedad are among the most buoyant clubs in the current La Liga season, as evidenced by their impressive retaliations from the various falls they have incurred in the tournament. Their streak is not perfect, but there is high level of hope in their seemingly solid form. Their position is the top six—which gives them automatic berth in the Europa League (if they are able to maintain until finale—is proof to their commitment to fight and end up worthy of plaudits.

    By comparison, Rayo Vallecano are almost certain of leaving the league by next season as they have consistently been at the brink of the league rankings. They are currently positioned at number 19, with total earnings of only 23 points and a goal difference exceeding the 30s mark.

    Football betting tip: Real Sociedad will bring home the bacon.
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