Levante vs Mallorca
Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, Valencia
Friday, 22-11-2019 @11pm
Just three points separate 12th placed Levante and 16th placed Mallorca going into their clash at Ciutat de Valencia this Friday evening; however, we’re expecting that margin to double come the final whistle based on Levante’s strong home results this term and Mallorca’s woeful record on the road since returning to La Liga.
A three-goal blitz in seven superb second-half minutes saw Levante dismantle champions Barcelona 3-1 at Ciudad de Valencia on Matchday 12, the result and performance doing much to show that Granotas are capable of beating anyone at home when putting their best foot forward.
Paco Lopez’ charges are far from bombproof on their own patch as a 0-1 reverse against second-bottom Espanyol in late October suggests, but overall they have been extremely solid in front of their own supporters this season with three wins and two draws gained from six outings.
Granotas have kept two clean sheets and conceded just four goals in total across those fixtures, so it’s easy to see why they are favourites this Friday to see off a Mallorca side who have been toiling on their travels.
Mallorca have turned in some cracking efforts at Son Moix this season including a 1-0 triumph over Real Madrid in mid-October and a 3-1 victory against Villarreal before the international break; however, the Balearic Islanders are failing to acclimatise to the demands of top-flight football on the mainland.
Los Bermellones have lost all five of their away trips thus far including a 3-0 hammering against Valladolid two starts ago and they were also beaten 1-0 by bottom club Leganes on Matchday 10.
Vicente Moreno’s side have shipped 12 goals in those five matches and have failed to score themselves in four – clear evidence that Mallorca simply doesn’t seem up to scratch at this level when playing outside of Son Moix.
Consequently, Mallorca almost have to be treat as two different teams at the moment depending on whether they are playing home or away, and that means we’re readily opposing them to get anything from this week’s contest.
Levante signed off with an away defeat to Atletico Madrid a fortnight ago, but the 2-1 loss was no disgrace considering how formidable Atleti are at Wanda Metropolitano. Granotas should still be brimming with confidence after beating Barca in such tremendous style.
Leganes vs Barcelona
Estádio Municipal de Butarque, Leganes
Saturday, 22-11-2019 @3pm
Barcelona lost just three league matches throughout 2018/19 en route to securing their 26th La Liga title, so they will be bitterly disappointed to have registered the same amount of defeats already this term after just 12 games.
All three disappointments have been away from home, which raises a few doubts ahead of this Saturday’s clash with Leganes; however, we expect Ernesto Valverde’s side to have too much class for a Los Pepineros side who are propping up the league table after nine defeats from 13.
Barca’s poor results on the road in the opening weeks of the campaign appeared to be nothing more than a blip after they went on to bag convincing consecutive away victories without conceding against Getafe (0-2) and Eibar (0-3), but problems resurfaced at the beginning of the month against Levante.
The Catalan giants looked set for another routine three points at Ciutat de Valencia after Lionel Messi gave them a first-half advantage via the penalty spot. But they were stunned by three Levante goals in a superb seven-minute spell in the second half. Barca couldn’t muster any form of response, leaving their away points haul at a meagre seven from a possible 18 thus far.
Nonetheless, no other team has really managed to capitalise on their less-than-perfect start to the season and Ernesto Valverde’s men sit joint-top of the standings alongside arch-rivals Real Madrid heading into Matchday 14, following a 4-1 thumping of Celta Vigo at Camp Nou before the international break. With a trip to Wanda Metropolitano to face Atleti next week and the rescheduled El Clasico at Camp Nou around the corner on December 18, the next month or so is likely to define Barca’s domestic campaign; they must ensure they succumb to no more slip-ups against inferior opposition.
They did just that against Leganes in last season’s corresponding fixture (2-1), but it’s hard to envisage a repeat this time around. Lega have lost nine of their 13 league games so far and have picked up just four points from their seven outings at Butarque. Barca have triumphed in the other five previous meetings between the teams and we expect them to bolster that record here – albeit with both teams scoring.
Lega have managed to score in each of their last four home matches, while Barcelona have kept just two clean sheets from their six games on the road.
Real Betis vs Valencia
Estadio Benito Villamarín, Sevilla
Saturday, 22-11-2019 @6pm
After back to back La Liga wins against Espanyol (1-2) and Granada (2-0) either side of a 4-1 success at home to Lille in the Champions League, the international break clearly arrived at the wrong time for Albert Celades’ Valencia.
Los Che supporters will be hoping that a fortnight off hasn’t interrupted their side’s progress and momentum heading into this Saturday’s clash with Betis at Benito Villamarin, which we envisage being an open and attacking encounter.
Following an extremely slow start to the campaign, Valencia’s recent results have seen them move into the top half of the La Liga table, where they sit just four points behind the Champions League places in 9th.
On the European front, Los Che forced themselves into a three-way tie at the top of Group H with their aforementioned victory over Lille and will definitely qualify for the knockout stages if able to beat Chelsea at Mestalla next week.
Up first though for Valencia is a trip to Benito Villamarin this weekend – a venue at which they have tasted success in each of the last two seasons including when drubbing Betis 3-6 in a thriller two years ago.
They are marginal favourites with the bookmakers to claim all three points once again this time around, and odds of around 6/4 seem quite fair on face value considering Los Che’s recent results and the seven-point advantage they hold over 17th placed Betis in the standings.
Nevertheless, Valencia have lost three of their six away league fixtures this term and we’re opting to give them the swerve in the match betting this Saturday despite narrowly favouring the visitors for the win.
Instead, we’re backing both teams to score as there’s plenty to suggest that we’ll see goals at both ends of the field in Andalusia on Matchday 14.
Valencia have netted in all but one of their 13 league games this season, but have kept only three clean sheets in total and just one from six outings on the road.
Betis meanwhile have registered at least once in all seven of their fixtures at Benito Villamarin but have also conceded in all of those games. Overall, Los Verdiblancos currently boast the joint-worst defensive record in La Liga with 23 goals leaked, but they have managed a decent return of 15 goals themselves despite their poor results this term.
Granada vs Atletico Madrid
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada
Saturday, 22-11-2019 @8:30pm
Atletico Madrid have been as solid and reliable as ever so far this season with just one defeat suffered from 13 league outings, but a tally of six draws means that Los Rojiblancos are still playing catch-up with likely title rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid who are both a point clear with a game in hand.
Diego Simeone’s men will get the chance to leapfrog Barca next weekend when they entertain the champions at Wanda Metropolitano, but they must first take care of Granada at Los Carmenes this Saturday. With newly promoted Nazaries now struggling after a fine start to life in La Liga, we’re backing Atleti to bag the three points they need to stay in touch at the top of the table.
After a huge overhaul in personnel during the summer, Atleti began the campaign clinically with three consecutive victories; however old frustrations soon resurfaced for Diego Simeone and his team.
Atleti failed too often to see off inferior opposition last term which is why they wound up as distant runners-up to Barcelona, and the same can be said for the majority of their last ten matches. Atleti have amassed a mediocre haul of 15 points in that period which is more akin to mid-table form, and they simply need to get into the winning habit more regularly to seriously challenge this season.
Fortunately for Los Rojiblancos, Barcelona and Real Madrid have also dropped their fair share of points thus far, meaning they are in touching distance of top spot heading into Matchday 14.
This Saturday’s game at Los Carmenes is certainly a must-win for Atleti though with a clash against Barca next up, and Simeone’s side should secure the points based on the difference in quality between the sides and Granada’s recent results.
Nazaries made a cracking start to the season following promotion from Segunda last term and briefly led the way a few weeks ago after a run of four wins and a draw from five matches.
Diego Martinez’ charges have dropped off quite dramatically since though and they head into this daunting fixture on the back of three straights defeats after going down 2-0 to Valencia at Mestalla before the international break.
Granada have shown themselves to be a highly capable outfit overall at Los Carmenes with four wins posted from six including a 2-0 win against Barca in late September, but it’s asking a lot of Nazaries to get anything from this contest based on recent evidence.
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Saturday, 22-11-2019 @11pm
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad has become one of the most entertaining and watchable La Liga match-ups in recent years and it’s easy to see why, with a whopping 67 goals netted in the last 15 encounters between the sides. Los Blancos have largely had the better of things during that period, with 11 wins to Sociedad’s three. But two of those Sociedad successes came last season, including a tremendous 0-2 triumph at the Bernabeu. Can Imanol Alguacil’s side repeat the dose this time around, or will Madrid re-affirm their dominance in the head to head?
Madrid are favourites to land the spoils on Saturday night and that’s not surprising based on their home advantage and form displayed prior to the international break. Los Blancos have won four and drawn two of their six league matches at the Bernabeu and they go into Saturday’s showdown with Sociedad on the back of some emphatic victories. Madrid beat Leganes 5-0 here at the end of October and, although they failed to break down Real Betis next time out in a poor 0-0 stalemate, they hit back to swat Galatasaray aside 6-0 in the Champions League before signing off for the break with an impressive 0-4 success at Eibar.
The latter result ensured Madrid stayed joint-top of the table with main rivals Barcelona, and Los Blancos will be focused on keeping pace with the Catalan giants in the coming weeks before the rescheduled El Clasico at Camp Nou on 18th December. It’s difficult to oppose Madrid for the three points this Saturday night, but Los Blancos are equally far too short in the match betting to merit interest.
After all, Sociedad are just two points behind them in 5th and have notched four wins from seven on the road this season, including a 1-2 victory at Granada on their last away day. Imanol Alguacil’s charges can blow hot and cold as typified by their 1-1 home draw against bottom side Leganes last time out, but they have a habit of raising their game against the bigger teams.
That was demonstrated last term when they secured a historic league double over Los Blancos and they already have a 2-0 home win against Atletico Madrid on their dance card this term. We expect Sociedad to really take the game to Madrid in this clash and that should lead to plenty of goals, as has been the case in so many recent encounters between the teams.
Espanyol vs Getafe
RCDE Stadium, Barcelona
Sunday, 23-11-2019 @2pm
Getafe drew a blank at home to Osasuna in a 0-0 stalemate before the international break; however last season’s 5th placed side have been moving nicely into contention over the past month or so with 13 points accrued from their last six games. Pepe Bordalas’ charges take on an Espanyol side this weekend who have lost all six of their home matches this term, and we think the in-form visitors are well priced to inflict further pain upon Periquitos at RCDE Stadium.
Osasuna vs Athletic Bilbao
Estadio El Sadar, Irunea
Sunday, 23-11-2019 @4pm
10th placed Osasuna take on 6th placed Athletic Bilbao at El Sadar this Sunday afternoon and everything points towards a tight, low scoring affair in Pamplona. Just a point separates the teams in the La Liga standings and the pair have 12 draws between them already this season.
Eibar vs Deportivo Alavés
Estadio Municipal de Ipurua, Eibar
Sunday, 23-11-2019 @6pm
Eibar’s home record this season isn’t exactly sparkling with three wins and three defeats from six and they were crushed 0-4 last tie out at Ipurua by Real Madrid. Nonetheless, Los Armeros take on an Alaves side this weekend who have claimed just one point from six outings on the road this term and who are without a win in their last 11 away games. Whilst we expect a close tussle in this all-Basque clash, we’re forecasting an Eibar triumph and more travelling woe for Babazorros.
Villarreal vs Celta Vigo
Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal
Sunday, 23-11-2019 @8:30pm
Villarreal were moving smoothly into contention to challenge for the European qualification spots towards the end of October, but a run of one draw and two defeats from their last three games has seen El Submarino Amarillo drop back down to 11th. Javier Calleja’s men desperately need a win this weekend to get back on track and we fancy them to deliver the goods against a Celestes side who are without a win in 18 away La Liga matches.
Real Valladolid vs Sevilla
Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla, Valladolid
Sunday, 23-11-2019 @11pm
Valladolid are having a tough time on the road with four defeats from their last six including a 3-0 beating at Alaves before the international break, however they are holding their own overall in mid-table this term thanks to an unbeaten home record. Pucela have posted three wins and two draws from five outings thus far at Jose Zorrilla and will hope to enhance that run when they host 4th placed Sevilla this weekend.