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La Liga Weekend tips 08th /09th December 2012

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The big two in Spain have what on the surface seem straight forward away wins on the menu this weekend.  The champions Real Madrid travel to Real Valladolid who have impressed people with their eye catching football and sit 7th in the table.   Barcelona travel to Real Betis, a place they have struggled at in recent years. Indeed they have only won once at Betis since 2000.

 

With Real Madrid 3/10 (1.30) in places it does appear short and a good idea is to focus on the goal markets to get a better return.    The potency of Real Madrid is well documented and it should overpower their hosts.  Real Madrid to score in both halves is a strong option at 4/5 (1.80).

 

Real Betis have already beaten Real Madrid and Valencia at home this season in low scoring encounters and they know how to make it difficult for the big teams.    Lionel Messi is a doubt for Barcelona and would be a major loss if he does not play.  The match goal markets clearly think there will be plenty of goals with over 2.5 goals 4/11 in places.  I am not convinced that this will be a goal feast as Real Betis will be happy to defend deep for long periods and make life difficult.  I expect Barcelona to eventually prevail but it may take a while to see their supremacy rewarded. The 6/5 about the first goal after the 27th minute appeals best.

 

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Real Madrid to score in both halves 4/5  

 

Real Betis v Barcelona       First goal after the 27th minute   6/5        Boylesports

 

 

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La Liga Weekend tips22nd /23rd December 2012

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It is the last round of matches in La Liga before the Christmas break and I am going to focus again on the top of the table.   Real Madrid travel to Malaga in the game of the weekend, looking to continue their remarkable dominance over them.  Malaga are without a win over Los Blancos in 29 meetings.  They may feel confident this time of achieving a result if they consider the underwhelming form of the Spanish champions but history is against them. Real Madrid will have plenty of takers at around 1.62 (8/13) on Betfair currently. It is a comparatively big price for them as they are normally much shorter to win matches in La Liga. At a bigger price, Ladbrokes offer 2/1 (3.0) about an away win with both teams scoring.  It is an interesting market and worth considering if you have an account with them. Jose Mourinho’s men have only kept 2 clean sheets on the road this season in all competitions and Malaga rarely fail to find the net at home.

 

Barcelona travel to Real Valladolid rocked by the news of their coach Tito Vilanova, whohas fallen ill. He is likely to be out for some time. His able assistant Jordi Roura will take his place and I don’t expect their form to be affected. Barcelona have only kept 4 clean sheets in 16 matches in La Liga this season. Valladolid have scored in every home league match with the exception of one.   Both teams to score is the bet to be on here, 10/11 with Betfred.

 

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Real Valladolid v Barcelona both teams to score (Yes) 10/11 Betfred

 

Real Madrid to win with both teams scoring 2/1 Ladbrokes

 

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La Liga Weekend tips 01st/02nd December 2012

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The Madrid derby will take centre stage in La Liga this weekend as Real Madrid go into battle with Atletico Madrid.   It will be the first time since 1999 that Atletico Madrid will go into the derby ahead of their illustrious neighbours in the table. It will be the most thorough and robust examination of the title credentials of Diego Simeone’s men to date.  It is hard to overestimate the dominance of Real Madrid over Atletico in head to heads.   They have won the last 6 and are unbeaten in the last 21 times they have faced Atletico Madrid.   The home side are best price of 10/21 with BWIN with the draw 7/2 and an away win at 6/1 generally.  I like the option of Real Madrid to score in both halves.  The potency of Los Blancos at the Bernabeu is undiminished this season, scoring 20 goals in 6 league matches. They have scored  in both halves in 5 of those league matches and it is a 10/11 shot with Paddy Power. Another angle to consider is a home win with both sides scoring, 13/8 with Ladbrokes.

 

Malaga have been outstanding this season domestically and in the UCL. With qualification to the last 16 in the Champions League now assured, they can focus more on domestic duties. They were highly impressive last weekend defeating Valencia 4-0 at home and they can win at Getafe. The cornerstone of their success this season has been the defence, conceding only 9 goals in 13 league matches. They have beaten Getafe on 6 out of the last 8 occasions they have met and the 10/11 available with William Hill on a draw no bet basis is good value.

 

 

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Real Madrid to score in both halves 10/11 Paddy Power

 

Malaga draw no bet    10/11   William Hill

 

 

 

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La Liga Weekend tips 24th /25th November 2012

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I am going to focus mainly on the big two again in La Liga in what I feel are both strong selections. They both visit difficult venues this weekend after away European matches in midweek so I think it is a good idea to look for some sort of angle to oppose them.

 

Real Madrid travel to Real Betis who generally raise their game against the bigger teams in La Liga.  Barcelona have struggled to win here in recent seasons and Real Madrid just about managed to prevail in a 3-2 narrow victory last season. Real Betis have an excellent recent record of scoring against the big two at home and they have scored at least 1 goal in their last 20 consecutive home league matches. This is a record we can’t ignore and I like the 5/6 (1.83) about them to find the net with Boylesports. The same firm offer the same price on both teams to score so just focus on over 0.5 home goals.

 

At Levante, there is a sign near the away dressing room saying,“This is Levante. You come here to play and you might win. But you will definitely suffer.”  They mean what they say too as Levante are a tough side at home. Only Barcelona and Real Madrid have won here since March and on both occasions, there was plenty of suffering involved.  They were narrow 2-1 victories on both occasions. The home side rely on their aggression, experience and organisation and Barcelona will find it difficult here.Barcelona have now conceded in 9/12 league matches and both teams to score is evens with Coral. It looks the best option here.

 

 

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Real Betis over 0.5 team goals   5/6 (1.83)   Boylesports

 

Levante v Barcelona   both teams to score Yes Evens (2.0)   Coral