La Liga Betting Preview – 11/12/16
La Liga Betting Preview – 11/12/16
Celta Vigo v Sevilla – 11/12/16
Saturday’s 3:15 kick-off in La Liga sees Eduardo Berizzo hoping to keep his Celta Vigo side to winning ways, as they host Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos. Celta Vigo have been playing far above their usual expectations, currently ninth in the table with six wins and three draws from fourteen games. A shocking 3-2 victory over Barcelona in early October has to be their highlight of the season so far, where they bounced back from every goal conceded and reacted with a goal at every opportunity, showing masses of energy and desire. Former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas has been especially important with his nine goals and two assists, making him a catalyst to their success, even going as far as getting him into the Spain squad where he scored against England in a friendly.
Eduardo Berizzo’s side go into the game after securing their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. Their last league game was away to Real Betis last Sunday, where Iago Aspas unsurprisingly got on the scoresheet once again, netting a perfectly timed poacher’s goal after just fourteen minutes. It was even before half-time though, as a foul prompted a penalty, which veteran midfielder Ruben Castro put away with ease. Betis scored again in the second half as Antonio Sanabria took it past the ‘keeper to thump home a leading goal. Aspas wasn’t far behind though, taking it to a draw once again with a toe-poked effort. An incredible distance header from German Pezzella then gave Betis the lead once more, before Celta took a draw through an 83rd minute header by Facundo Roncaglia.
After a devastating summer that saw them lose mastermind manager Unai Emery, who made Sevilla Europa League champions for three consecutive seasons, they’ve repaired well and have even spent a lot of games in the top spot of the table. He also had a knack of buying people in the transfer window and selling them for triple the original fee a couple of seasons later. Tough midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak went with him to his new venture at Paris Saint-Germain, star striker Kevin Gameiro also left to play for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. New manager Jorge Sampaoli has put all their upset in the past though, winning eight and drawing three out of his fourteen games in charge. He’s also got them through to the knockout stages of the Champions League after finishing second in their group behind Juventus.
They were sat comfortably at the top of La Liga for a while, but part of that was from them capitalising on regular title-challengers Barcelona and Real Madrid losing some points against lowly sides in the division. Both sides have had an expected resurgence, which has tied in poorly with Sevilla dropping points against sides they were expected to defeat. They looked shaky again in their last league match against Granada, giving away an easy goal for Andreas Pereira to score following some shoddy defending. David Lomban then flew in to score a second for Granada at the start of the second half, leaving Sevilla only able to score an ineffective stoppage time consolation goal, as Wissam Ben Yedder netted a penalty.
Draw (Best priced at 5/2 on Bet Victor) – BET HERE
Iago Aspas to score anytime (Best priced at 17/10 on Coral) – BET HERE
Villarreal v Atletico Madrid – 12/12/16
Monday night’s La Liga fixture sees Fran Escriba’s Villarreal attempting to get back into league form, after fighting their way to a stable position but failing to get strong results in their last few games. They opened up the season drawing against Granada and Sevilla before beating both Malaga and Real Sociedad, proving themselves massively with an incredible point taken from Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Their form has dried up recently though, with them losing their last three league encounters. This week should see the side full of confidence after they made it through the Europa League group stages, finishing second in Group L.
The game followed on from a disappointing draw to Leganes the weekend before, where they were once again lacking the firepower their team displayed at the start of the season. Group L was finishing off with them hosting Romanian side Steaua Bucharest at the Estadio el Madrigal. Nicola Sansone put The Yellow Submarine in front after fifteen minutes, where his original shot was blocked, but he was on hand to score on the rebound. Midfielder Vlad Achim equalised for Bucharest when his headed attempt was too quick and strong for goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo to save. It was looking like a draw for a lot of the second half before midfielder Manu Trigueros approached the area, making an audacious chipped attempt to win the game with four minutes to go.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are currently fourth in La Liga but haven’t looked as full of life as usual, with all their energy seemingly going towards efforts in Europe, as they’ve now officially progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League. Their first game was a dull draw against newly-promoted Leganes and most victories coming from close 1-0 or 2-0 margins. Fans were especially frustrated when they lost to sixth place Real Sociedad before being thrashed 3-0 by local rivals Real Madrid in a game they were expected to challenge for in a far more inspired fashion. Antoine Griezmann and newly-signed Kevin Gameiro have been a clinical strike-partnership with twelve goals and seven assists between them.
They drew their last game to twelfth place Espanyol in yet another match that underwhelmed fans of the side. Their Champions League group was a tough one as they went up ahead German titans Bayern Munich, regular Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven and Russian outsiders Rostov. Atletico finished top of the group by three points, which was incredible considering Bayern Munich tend to finish top in everything they take part in. They played the German side in their final game, losing 1-0 through a show-stopping Robert Lewandowski free kick, but their dominance over the group has been what’s mattered most.
Atletico to win (Best priced at 19/20 on Betfair) – BET HERE
Kevin Gameiro to score anytime (Best priced at 19/10 on Coral) – BET HERE
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