The early La Liga leaders go head-to-head in Galicia on Saturday afternoon as Real Madrid visit surprise package Celta Vigo
Both teams are the only ones in the league yet to suffer defeat and although Rafa Benitez’s men are favourites at 9/10, Celta’s form is such that they are 27/10 to make it six wins from nine matches and reclaim top-spot.
Eduardo Berizzo’s men will be counting on their home form, which has seen them thrash champions Barcelona 4-1 already this season, and the fact Madrid had a tricky Champions League test at Paris Saint-Germain as a way of taking all three points.
Nolito has been in scintillating form for the Galicia club with six goals already this term, prompting some reports in Spain linking him with a move to Barcelona. The former Camp Nou youth product is 13/2 to open the scoring.
Former Liverpool man Iago Aspas has also started the season well with four goals to his name, two of them in the famous victory over Barcelona, and he is 23/10 to score anytime.
Madrid are struggling on the injury front with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema both doubts for the trip north. James Rodriguez, Dani Carvajal and Pepe are also sidelined through injury but Luka Modric could start after featuring as a substitute in Paris on Wednesday.
With no Bale or Benzema Madrid will be looking to talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to add to the six goals he has already this season in the league. The former Manchester United man is 14/5 to score first.
For longer odds, Jese Rodriguez has played well in the absence of Madrid’s big hitters in attack, scoring his first goal of the season in the 3-0 win against Levante last week. The young forward is likely to continue in a starting role and is 6/1 to break the deadlock.
An entertaining game is in store at Balaidos with Celta’s attacking play likely to open the game up. For both teams to score odds of 40/85 are offered.
Barcelona out to move top against Eibar
Barcelona are level on points at the top alongside Celta and Madrid and could take advantage of any dropped points at Balaidos when Eibar travel to the Camp Nou.
The Basque club have started the season well and arrive in Catalonia with just one defeat in their last ten matches but Luis Suarez and company should prove to be too strong on Sunday.
Lionel Messi remains sidelined for Luis Enrique’s side but former Liverpool man Suarez and Neymar have been plugging the gap well in recent weeks.
The Brazilian netted four in Barca’s 5-2 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano last time out and is 13/5 to break the deadlock this weekend.
Ivan Rakitic is a good outside shout to score first at 7/1, buoyed by his brace in his side’s midweek Champions League victory over BATE.
Eibar held Sevilla to a share of the spoils last weekend and will be no pushovers at the Camp Nou. Barcelona are 1/10 for the win but longer odds of 59/20 are offered for a two-goal winning margin.
The rest of La Liga
Rayo Vallecano and Espanyol kick things off for the weekend at Vallecas on Friday night.
Paco Jemez’s Rayo continue to showcase the same open and attractive football of recent years but this time those performances are not converting into points.
A 5-2 defeat at the Camp Nou last time out was Rayo’s third defeat in a row and Espanyol will be looking forward to their trip to the Spanish capital after last weekend’s 3-1 win at Betis.
Odds of 23/10 look good for the Catalan side to return home with all three points.
Rayo have also been losing at half-time and full-time in five of their last seven league matches. For the same to happen this weekend odds of 21/5 are offered.
Real Betis will look to pile more pressure on basement side Granada when they make the short trip across Andalusia on Saturday.
Granada were involved in a 3-3 thriller at Sporting on Monday night but they have not won in six and have only won one of their last ten La Liga matches on home soil.
Pepe Mel’s men look good to get back to winning ways at 43/20 and top-scorer Ruben Castro looks the man most likely to fire them to victory. The striker is 11/2 to open the scoring.
Sevilla were sunk by a late Manchester City goal in the Champions League in midweek but boss Unai Emery will be eager for his side to get back on the horse when Getafe visit the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday.
Fran Escriba’s side thrashed Las Palmas 4-0 last time out but they have struggled on the road, failing to score in six of their last eight away matches.
The Andalusians have been in good form on home soil of late, including a 2-1 victory against Barcelona last time out, and are 9/20 to pick up the three points this weekend.
Getafe’s defence has been tight in recent matches, however, with the side keeping clean sheets in their last three outings. A one-goal winning margin for the hosts, at 5/2, looks good with that in mind and Seville’s midweek exploits in Manchester.
In-form Deportivo La Coruna will look to keep their forward momentum going when they visit goal-shy Malaga on Saturday night.
The Costa del Sol club have managed just three goals all season and that form has left them just a point off the bottom of the table.
In contrast, Depor have started the season strongly and go into the match unbeaten in four league matches, form that stretches to one defeat in their last 12 outings.
Depor look good for the win at 9/4 and given Malaga’s failure in front of goal a clean sheet for the visitors at the same odds looks attractive.
Lucas Perez is Depor’s top-scorer with five goals to his name already this season and is 11/2 to score first at La Rosaleda.
David Moyes is against the ropes as boss of Real Sociedad going into Sunday afternoon’s match against Levante.
La Real have won just once in all competitions this season and the former Everton and Manchester United coach’s future in San Sebastian is being called into question.
Levante have also struggled this season, having failed to win in 11 of their last 12 league matches.
A draw looks a good bet at 2/1 given the poor form of both sides so far this season.
Both have struggled for goals, too, making odds of 26/5 for a goalless draw look even more attractive.
Las Palmas sit joint bottom of La Liga going into the weekend and things look set to get no better when Villarreal roll into Gran Canaria on Sunday.
The Yellow Submarines were sunk by Celta Vigo on home soil last weekend and will be without the suspended Eric Bailly but should return to winning ways against a club that produced the first managerial casualty of the season this week.
Quique Setien replaced Paco Herrera on Monday following Las Palmas’ heavy 4-0 loss at Getafe and he will look for an immediate response from his players.
Marcelino’s men are 11/10 for the win but with players fighting for a first-team role under a new coach Las Palmas are expected to make things tough. With that in mind, a one-goal winning cushion looks a good bet at 13/5.
Atletico Madrid’s clash with Valencia at the Vicente Calderon provides one of the matches of the season given the rivalry between both clubs.
The sides meet in the Spanish capital on Sunday night and both go into the game on the back of big midweek Champions League victories.
Valencia’s form has picked up in recent weeks after a sluggish start but Diego Simeone’s men should still prove to be too powerful for the Mestalla side.
Atleti are 8/15 for the win and a one-goal winning margin offers longer odds of 11/5.
Los Che have found their shooting boots in recent weeks, however, making a 2-1 scoreline for Simeone’s side look attractive at odds of 7/1.
Luciano Vietto will remain sidelined through injury for the hosts but Antoine Griezmann has been in exceptional form so far this term. The Frenchman is 7/2 to open the scoring.
Athletic Bilbao wrap the weekend’s matches up when Sporting Gijon visit San Mames on Monday night.
Ernesto Valverde’s men had a long midweek trip to Partizan Belgrade on Thursday night in the Europa League but they came away with all three points.
The Basque club also enjoyed a big win against Valencia on home soil last time out and should have enough in the tank to see off Sporting. Odds of 8/15 are offered for a home win.
Aritz Aduriz is Athletic’s top-scorer with five goals to his name this term and is 10/3 to score first on Monday night.
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