Cristiano Ronaldo will look to reach two personal milestones when Real Madrid host Granada in La Liga on Saturday afternoon
The former Manchester United man has hit eight goals in his last two matches, including a stunning five in his last league outing at Espanyol last weekend, and can reach his 500th career goal against the Andalusians this weekend.
A brace against Jose Ramon Sandoval’s side would also see the Portuguese star surpass Raul as the capital club’s all-time leading scorer in all competitions and the 30-year-old will be keep to wrap that record up sooner rather than later.
Ronaldo hit five goals against Granada in last season’s 9-1 trouncing at the Santiago Bernabeu and he is 23/10 to score first on Saturday.
It is no surprise to see Rafa Benitez’s men at 3/50 for the victory given Madrid have started the season unbeaten and without conceding a goal. Captain Sergio Ramos may be absent through a shoulder injury but another clean sheet should be forthcoming for Madrid against a Granada side expected to flirt with relegation this term. Odds of 1/2 are offered against both teams finding the back of the net.
Former Tottenham Hotspur man Gareth Bale will also be missing through injury but Madrid have been goal crazy in recent matches and should be able to carve Saturday’s visitors open with similar ease. Odds of 32/5 should not be sniffed at for an emphatic 5-0 home win.
Barcelona out to remain as only team with 100 per cent start
Champions Barcelona are the only club to have a 100 per cent record in tact after three matches and that should still be the case after Sunday night’s home clash with Levante.
The Catalans enjoyed an early-season boost with a 2-1 away win at Atletico Madrid last weekend, courtesy of goals from Neymar and Lionel Messi, and although they had to settle for a point in Rome in the Champions League in midweek Luis Enrique’s men should not face too many problems against the Valencia club.
At 3/50, the odds are stacked in favour of a Barca win but a 5-0 scoreline brings more favourable odds of 25/4. Luis Enrique’s side won by that scoreline in both Liga clashes last season and have scored five goals in each of their last three meetings with Levante.
Messi is likely to be restored to the starting eleven after starting on the bench against Atletico at the weekend and the Argentine is 5/2 to open the scoring. He will be keen to catch Cristiano Ronaldo in the goalscoring charts after the Madrid man notched five goals last weekend.
Neymar scored his side’s opener at the Vicente Calderon and is 10/3 to score first on home soil, while former Liverpool man Luis Suarez, who scored his side’s goal against Roma in midweek, is 16/5 to open the scoring with his second league goal of the campaign.
The rest of La Liga
Getafe are rooted to the bottom of the table having failed to pick up a point from their opening three matches but they have the chance to climb up the ladder when they kick-off the weekend matches by welcoming Malaga on Friday night.
The Costa del Sol club have also endured similar problems at the start of the season having picked up just a point from their opening trio of games and will also target their first win of the campaign.
The draw, at 21/10, looks the best bet with both sides struggling to click into gear at the start of the season.
Expect goals to be at a premium and a 1-1 scoreline, at 17/4, looks a good option.
Loan man Stefan Scepovic could be in-line to make his debut for Fran Escriba’s side and he is 6/1 to make an instant impression by breaking the deadlock.
Valencia have experienced a hit-and-miss start to the season and Saturday afternoon’s clash against Real Betis at the Mestalla will be a big test for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
Los Che went down 3-2 against Zenit in the Champions League in midweek and this weekend’s match will be a good indicator of whether they can mix European and domestic football with success this season.
Valencia are favourites for the win at 8/15 but Pepe Mel’s side enjoyed a confidence-boosting victory over Real Sociedad last weekend and will provide their hosts a tough test.
Expect a home win but don’t expect a comfortable ride, with a one-goal winning margin bringing odds of 5/2.
Eibar’s unexpected unbeaten start to the season will come under threat at Ipurua this weekend when Atletico Madrid make the trip to the Basque Country.
Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side have won two and drawn one of their opening three matches but Atletico are favourites to end their unbeaten start at 8/13.
Diego Simeone’s side enjoyed a comprehensive Champions League win at Galatasaray in midweek and will be eager to bounce back from their home loss against Barcelona last weekend.
With three goals to his name already this term, Frenchman Antoine Griezmann is firing on all cylinders and is 7/2 to continue his good form with the opener on Saturday night.
Summer recruit Jackson Martinez has just one goal to his name so far this term and will be keen to add to that tally against Eibar. The Colombian is 8/5 to score at any point during the match.
David Moyes is up against it just four matches into the new season with his Real Sociedad side yet to win and yet to score in their opening three matches.
Espanyol visit San Sebastian on Saturday night and after the Catalan club conceded six at home to Real Madrid last weekend, Moyes knows his men need to get off the mark this weekend. La Real are 19/20 to get their first win of the campaign chalked off.
Moyes is expected to keep faith with Jonathas, hailed as one of the signings as the summer in La Liga. The former Elche man has yet to score and is 9/5 to open his account on Saturday.
One positive from La Real’s season so far is the fact they have conceded just one goal from three outings. The Basque club are 5/4 to keep a third clean sheet from four matches.
Sevilla will go into Sunday’s match against Celta Vigo buoyed by their big midweek victory in the Champions League.
Unai Emery’s men have been slow out of the traps domestically but a 3-0 win over Monchengladbach will give the Europa League champions a huge boost.
The match will be a test of the Andalusian club’s handling of success domestically and in Europe but Emery’s men showed they could handle that pressure last season.
Sevilla are 5/6 for the home win and should be able to see a hit-and-miss Celta side off with few problems on home soil.
Deportivo La Coruna may have been amongst the teams expected to flirt with relegation this season but the Galician side go into Sunday’s home game against Sporting Gijon on the back of an encouraging start to the season.
Victor Sanchez’s side romped to a 3-1 away win at Rayo Vallecano last time out and held Valencia on their home soil the week before. Depor are unbeaten in their opening three matches and that record is expected to stay in tact after the weekend. Odds of 1/1 are offered for a likely home win.
Depor are likely to go with the same line-up that saw off Rayo last weekend. That includes former Liverpool man Luis Alberto, who scored in that victory, and he is 13/5 to find the back of the net again on Sunday.
Sporting took a point from Real Madrid on the opening weekend of the campaign but have struggled since and are yet to score on their top-flight return. For Depor to keep them out again you can get odds of 23/20 for a clean sheet for the home side.
Villarreal host Athletic Bilbao in what looks set to be a tasty clash at El Madrigal on Sunday afternoon.
The Yellow Submarines have taken seven points from nine so far this season and will look to take advantage of Athletic’s Europa League exploits on Thursday night.
Marcelino’s men are 19/20 for the home win and the intensity of their play could prove too much for an Athletic side carrying some tired legs after their victory over Augsburg.
Cedric Bakambu has started the season with a bang for Villarreal with three goals and is 5/1 to break the deadlock this weekend.
Las Palmas and Rayo Vallecano are two of the sides without a win to their name so far this season and both will be looking to chalk up their first three points when they meet at Estadio Gran Canaria on Sunday night.
The newly promoted Canary Islands club has failed to shine on their top-flight return but Rayo are confidence-sapped following defeats against Deportivo and Galicia.
Paco Herrera’s side know Sunday’s match provides a great chance for them to open their account and they are 10/11 to bag their first three points of the campaign.
A close-fought contest is anticipated and longer odds of 53/20 are offered for that win being by a one-goal margin.
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