La Liga Betting Preview – 26/11/16
La Liga Betting Preview – 26/11/16
Sevilla v Valencia – 26/11/16
Saturday’s evening fixture in La Liga sees Cesare Prandelli’s Valencia make the six hour visit to Southern Spain to play Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Home side Sevilla have been especially impressive this season, especially after it was expected they would begin to decline following the departure of three-year-long manager Unai Emery to Paris Saint-Germain, taking with him important midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak. They also lost Kevin Gameiro to Atletico Madrid and Ever Banega to Inter Milan. Chilean national team manager Jorge Sampaoli took charge, losing their first game 3-2 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup before proving they weren’t pushovers with a stunning 6-4 thrashing of Espanyol.
Since then, they’ve been fantastic, spending most of their time at the top of table until recent resurgences of usual league-leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid have knocked them back down to third. They’re sure to be happy with their current position though, as even getting in touching distance of the top three places is usually a mere pipe dream in La Liga. Their last game saw them proving once again just how fierce they can be, finishing the first half 2-0 down before goals from former Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, Spain international Vitolo and Argentinian defender Mercado all scored to win the game.
Away side Valencia come into the game still trying to steady themselves after what has been a traumatic few games. Former Liverpool assistant manager Pako Ayestaran was in charge of Valencia at the start of the season where their first game saw a frankly embarrassing 4-2 thrashing at the hand of newly-promoted Las Palmas. Their squad hasn’t been helped by the summer as both star-striker Paco Alcacer and midfielder Andre Gomes departed to Barcelona, also losing powerful German defender Shkodran Mustafi to Arsenal and winger Sofiane Feghouli to West Ham United. After failing to impress owner Peter Lim, he was sacked paving the way for former Italy, Roma and Fiorentina manager Cesare Prandelli to take over. He’s been in charge for five games, winning once and drawing twice.
Hoping to turn the Mestalla Stadium back into the fortress it once was, Valencia hosted bottom-place Granada, struggling once again. Midfielder Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez scored for Getafe on the edge of half-time, meaning Valencia had the whole second half to come back stronger, still giving them an opportunity to win. Former Manchester United winger Nani was able to bag a goal after just two minutes but they were unable to score an important winning goal, finishing the match as a poor 1-1 draw to the current weakest side in the division.
Sevilla to win (Best priced at 3/4 on William Hill) – BET HERE
Both teams to score (Best priced at 6/10 on Coral) – BET HERE
Real Sociedad v Barcelona – 27/11/16
Sunday’s evening fixture sees Barcelona attempting to get some points together with hopes of pushing back to the top of La Liga, as they take on Eusebio Sacristan’s Real Sociedad at the Anoeta Stadium. Home side Sociedad lost their first game 3-0 at home to Real Madrid but have won seven games, drawing once, out of their twelve fixtures in La Liga. It’s impressive for a side who usually aim to finish comfortably in the top half of the table, as they now sit fifth with only their marginally worse goal difference standing between them and Villarreal, who are sitting just inside the top four.
This month has been the side’s best, starting with a two-game winning streak and beating top four side Atletico Madrid by two goals to nil. Their most recent match had them up against eighteenth place Sporting Gijon who they dominated from kick-off. Veteran midfielder Xabi Prieto scored first to put his side ahead before a goal from on-loan attacker Duje Cop levelled the score before half-time. The second half had Sociedad once again playing on the front foot as David Zurutuza and Inigo Martinez both scored to convincingly win the game 3-1.
Luis Enrique’s Barcelona kicked-off their season in usual style with a 6-2 home win over Real Betis. They’ve been strong enough to remain in the top three but the sudden step-up of Sevilla has pushed them out of their usual top place position, with Real Madrid now knocked them down to third. Defeats against Celta Vigo and newly promoted Deportivo Alaves have been unacceptable but they’re clearly strong enough to survive any serious damage, with star trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in their usual world-class form. They will be coming into the game with even more confidence as usual after topping their Champions League group and once again impressing in the competition, made all the more impressive with them pitted in a tough group against Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic.
Barcelona haven’t enjoyed every game of their Champions League group though, losing their Manchester City away leg at the start of November, as Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan worked well together to put three past them. They bounced back in La Liga, beating Sevilla 2-1 before their last game saw one of their worst performances of the season. Despite their usual free-flowing attacking efforts, they couldn’t finish and ended the game 0-0 against Malaga, who are eleventh in the table. It’s pretty much a given that they will win here though. With a team having the quality they have in their side, along with their constant success in world football, this is sure to be a win for Luis Enrique’s side.
Barcelona to win and over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 1/1 on Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Lionel Messi (Best priced at 17/20 on William Hill) – BET HERE
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Highlights of Sevilla’s exciting win over Deportivo here: