La Liga Betting Tips & Odds – 20/01/18

La Liga Betting Tips & Odds – 20/01/18

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La Liga Betting Tips & Odds

In our La Liga preview we look at the best possible betting tips for our selected fixtures.

Las Palmas v Valencia – 20/01/18

Marcelino’s Valencia push on to what’s hopefully another three points on Saturday evening, as they take on Paco Jemez’sTh Las Palmas at Estadio Gran Canaria. Las Palmas have been in dreadful form over the last few months and are clearly having to put survival from relegation ahead of all else, as they’re unlikely to get out of the bottom half of the table this season. Valencia are looking extremely lively this season, even going as far as going shoulder-to-shoulder with Barcelona over various periods, but a recent slump in form was ruining their chances. They finally look back on track but they need to be practically perfect in order to keep the points rolling in. These sides have already met in 2017, where Valencia beat Las Palmas 4-0 to throw them out of the Copa del Rey, new loan signing Luciano Vietto netting a hattrick on his debut.

Jonathan Viera Las Palmas

Las Palmas attacking midfielder Jonathan Viera previously played out two years at Valencia back in 2012

Las Palmas sit with just eleven points after nineteen games played

The past few years have seen Las Palmas rise through the ranks, defying the odds in gaining promotion to La Liga but having to deal with the all-too-threatening challenge of staying in the top tier for the long haul. Their first two attempts saw impressive eleventh place finishes but manager Quique Setien moved on to a new challenge at Real Betis, leading Las Palmas to lose the man who gave them the belief that they really could do anything, and resulting in a massive drop which has them now genuinely having to consider that all-to-real prospect of a drop right back down to the Segunda Division.

Allowing crucial defensive midfielder Roque Mesa to leave the club in the summer was a damaging decision for Las Palmas, with Kevin Price Boateng also making a return to Germany after showing signs of life during his time at the club. They brought in some worthwhile replacements, signing former Liverpool flop Alberto Aquilani and unused Chelsea striker Loic Remy, but their acquisitions haven’t been enough to prompt a better showing of performances. Las Palmas sit with a record of three wins and two draws from nineteen games played, landing them with a mere eleven points, which pits them second to bottom of the La Liga table.

Loic Remy Las Palmas

Former Chelsea striker Loic Remy is top scorer for Las Palmas, scoring five league goals

Valencia are back on track after suffering an unnerving bump in the road

There’s been clear intentions of a high finish for Valencia this season, who’ve previously shown signs of quality ever since winning their last La Liga title back in 2002, but have fallen short of that sort of level ever since. Last season easily saw their lowest point, as The Bats went through several managers on the road to consistency and genuine class, but ended up finding their strongest form under the leadership of favourable reserves coach Voro, who did a cracking job after taking on the role towards the end of the term but only didn’t end up trying out a full season in charge due to his own decision not to.

It wasn’t expected to be the showing it has been this season, as Valencia have worked as one of La Liga’s strongest sides, even spending moments jostling with Barcelona for the top spot. After such a poor campaign, stability and a top half finish would be the most fans were realistically asking for, but they’ve been absolutely fantastic since the arrival of former Villarreal boss Marcelino. The start of December prompted Valencia’s first defeat of the season, which saw them losing a bit of confidence in three of their next four, but are now back to basics, winning three and drawing one of their last four, helped by January signing Francis Coquelin and Luciano Vietto.

Rodrigo Moreno Valencia

The Bats were fighting with Barcelona for the title before falling to some crucial slip-ups

Recommended Bets:

Valencia to win and over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 13/10 on Betway) – BET HERE

Luciano Vietto to score anytime (Best priced at 23/20 on BetVictor) – BET HERE

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Real Betis v Barcelona – 21/01/18

Ernesto Valverde looks to continue his Barcelona side’s dominance over La Liga with an unpredictable fight away to Quique Setien’s Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin. Real Betis are in some of the strongest form they’ve seen all season and work as the sort of team that look easy to face for the league’s larger sides, but would be best avoided as they can really pull off shock results. Barcelona continue to look like unquestionable favourites for the title this season and have shown just the sort of organisation under their new boss as was expected when he was originally appointed over the summer. These sides last met on the opening day of the season, where Barcelona won comfortably, scoring twice before half-time.

Cristian Tello

Cristian Tello was a prodigy at Barcelona before having to truly prove his worth at Real Betis

Betis are a unpredictable, seeing thirteen goals in their last two games

We spoke of Las Palmas’ incredible journey in the previous selected fixture, but there’s lots of similarities between them and Real Betis, primarily the fact that the man who did such a fine job of getting Las Palmas into La Liga took the helm at Real Betis over the summer, where he’s shown why it’s been such a clever acquisition. The Green and Whites were promoted from the Segunda Division through a top place finish in 2015, reaching tenth under Guy Poyet in their first term and only getting as high as fifteenth in their second, proving just how ambition the club’s owners are, as that was deemed insufficient.

The arrival of Quique Setien was an interesting one with it being difficult to tell whether he could conduct quite as good a job outside of the Canary Islands. There’s been some seriously damaging bouts of successive defeats but it’s to be expected from a side such as this one. They’ve also seen plenty of positive runs, best of all arguably being in past weeks, where they defied the odds in beating Sevilla 5-3 away from home, which means everything to fans of the club as that’s Betis’ local derby. Setien’s men then fought tooth and nail against Leganes but came out on top with a 3-2 win, giving them two wins on the bounce.

Real Betis Joaquin

Veteran La Liga winger Joaquin continues to perform in his later years at Real Betis

Barcelona are eleven points clear of Atleti in the top spot

Before the new season kicked off, it was a mouth-watering prospect to see a massively successful Real Madrid side going up against a depleting Barcelona, who’d improved over the summer through the arrival of an experienced Spanish manager but were also having to make do without star winger Neymar. Unfortunately for fans of Real Madrid, they’ve been too poor to even compete with Barca, and Ernesto Valverde’s men have been unstoppable, going unbeaten in all nineteen of their games played with a record of sixteen wins and three draws, seeing them do what no other sides was capable of.

Manchester City were the only side out of all major European leagues to remain unbeaten alongside Barcelona but that all came to an end when Pep’s men fell to a 4-3 defeat on Sunday afternoon. It looked likely to see the same fate for Barcelona as they played away to Real Sociedad, going 2-0 down after thirty-four minutes played and looking very much on the backfoot. That was when it all changed and Barca showed their quality once more, scoring once before half-time to start a comeback and netting another three in the second half to assure a victory in uncertain waters. Lionel Messi has been their best player by a mile but Luis Suarez’s return to form has been crucial, especially in their comeback against Sociedad.

Luis Suarez has nine goals and an assist in his last eight games after originally starting poorly

Recommended Bets:

Barcelona to win and BTTS (Best priced at 13/10 on Ladbrokes) – BET HERE

Luis Suarez to score anytime (Best priced at 4/7 on SkyBet) – BET HERE

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