Moyes set for second taste of Basque derby
David Moyes will hope to secure his first Basque derby triumph when he takes his Real Sociedad side the short distance to Bilbao to face Athletic at San Mames on Tuesday night.
The former Manchester United and Everton boss will be up against an Athletic side in good form, however, and one that is looking for a third win on the spin to boost their hopes of European football next season.
Ernesto Valverde’s men are unbeaten in their last five Liga matches at San Mames and that, coupled with La Real’s record of just one away win in 17 attempts under the Scotsman, makes them a good bet at 4/6 for the win.
Moyes will set his side up to be tough to beat and at 95/40 a one-goal winning margin for the Bilbao club looks an attractive option. Given the San Sebastian side’s failure to score in their last two matches, so do odds of 11/10 for the hosts to keep a clean sheet.
With 14 league goals to his name so far this season and six in his last seven outings, Athletic forward Aritz Aduriz looks a good bet to open the scoring at 7/2.
If La Real are to get on the scoresheet, former Arsenal man Carlo Vela should be the man to score at 15/2 after returning from injury.
Barcelona out to stay on top with Getafe win
Barcelona have the chance to move five points clear at the top of La Liga on Tuesday night and they should have few problems in stretching their unbeaten run to 15 matches against a Getafe side who are without a win in three.
Barca’s odds of 1/25 for the three points are amongst the longest of the season but Luis Enrique’s men should be able to comfortably see off the capital club and 17/4 on a 4-0 triumph are more attractive.
Getafe boss Pedro Franco has already admitted that next weekend’s match against Granada is more important for his side, hinting that the towel has already been thrown in at the Camp Nou against a Barca side firing on all cylinders.
The league leaders’ attacking trio of Lionel Messi (1/5), Neymar (8/15) and Luis Suarez (4/9) are all good bets to get on the scoresheet.
For longer odds, Messi to score first and Barca to cruise to a 4-0 win offers 47/4.
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Levante and basement club Cordoba face off in a relegation six-pointer on Tuesday night and the hosts should be buoyed by their big 1-0 away win at Getafe at the weekend that lifted them away from the bottom three.
The Valencia club are still only three points above the drop zone, however, and will look for nothing less than three points against a Cordoba side that already look destined for life in the Segunda Division.
They are 4/5 for what should be a home win and they will look to front pairing David Barral (9/2) and Kalu Uche (5/1) to open the scoring.
The Andalusians are without a win in 15 and they have also failed to score in five of their last seven matches. That makes Levante good odds at 11/10 to keep a clean sheet.
Real Madrid will look to keep pace with leaders Barcelona when they welcome Almeria to the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
Carlo Ancelotti will still be without former Tottenham Hotspur pair Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, as well as France international Karim Benzema, but they do have Manchester United loan man Javier ‘Chicharito’ firing on all cylinders in attack.
The Mexican ‘Little Pea’ has scored three goals in his last two starts, including a brace in Madrid’s 4-2 win at Celta on Sunday night, and he is 16/5 to open the scoring a week on from his winner against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a rare off day in Vigo on Sunday and is 11/5 to score first and take his goal tally to a staggering 40 in La Liga this term.
Defensive duo Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos are both missing for Madrid through suspension and Keylor Navas is set to deputise for Iker Casillas in goal but Almeria’s failure to find the net in five of their last seven away matches should ensure Madrid keep a clean sheet at 4/6.
Celta Vigo know that nothing less than three points will do against Malaga on Wednesday night if they are to catch the Costa del Sol club and venture into Europe next season.
The Galicians lost to Real Madrid on Sunday night but impressed with their performance and should be able to see off a Malaga side without a win in six if they play with the same verve and vigour throughout.
Fabien Orellana, Santi Mina and Joaquin Larrivey are all doubts for Celta but that should not deter a home win at 7/10, especially given Malaga have lost five straight away matches, scoring just one goal along the way.
Charles could come in to replace top-scorer Larrivey and he is 9/2 to open the scoring at Balaidos.
Eibar and Sevilla will be desperate for points for very different reasons when they meet in the Basque Country on Wednesday night.
The hosts are looking to end a three-match losing streak and escape the relegation trapdoor but Champions League-chasing Sevilla should be too strong for them and are 4/7 for the win.
Pressure is mouting on Gaizka Garitano’s side and a convincing away win is expected. Odds of 23/20 are attractive for Unai Emery’s men to be winning at half-time and full-time, as are odds of 7/2 for a winning margin of more than two goals.
Colombian Carlos Bacca is a good bet to open the scoring with his 18th league goal of the campaign at 7/2 but for longer odds try midfielder Vincent Iborra, who scored his fourth of the season in the 2-0 weekend win over Rayo Vallecano and is 17/2 to break the deadlock.
Diego ‘Cholo’ Simeone will celebrate his 200th game in charge of Atletico Madrid at Villarreal on Wednesday night and the match also comes after the Argentine’s 45th birthday.
Atleti are 5/4 to help their coach celebrate his big week in style with three points at El Madrigal. Villarreal’s home base used to be a fortress but a huge injury list has played its part in the Yellow Submarines going nine games without a win.
Villarreal have also failed to score in five of their last six matches and with Atleti one short of 100 clean sheets under Simeone another, at 4/9, looks a good bet.
Frenchman Antoine Griezmann cannot stop scoring this season with two more in the weekend win against Elche making it 22 for the season.
Another proverbial ‘six-pointer’ awaits at Elche on Wednesday night with the hosts welcoming Deportivo La Coruna.
Depor sit two points adrift of safety and five points behind their hosts but a nail could be hammered in their relegation coffin at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.
Elche suffered a heavy 3-0 loss at Altetico Madrid on Saturday but they did win their previous two matches and face a Depor side without a win since February.
The hosts are 5/4 for the win and the best the Galicians can hope for is a draw, at 43/20. They have four stalemates in their last six outings but they will do them little good in their battle against the drop.
Jonathas hit Elche’s winner in their last home match against Real Sociedad and the ten-goal Brazilian is 9/2 to break the deadlock against their relegation rivals.
An entertaining contest awaits at Vallecas on Thursday night when attack-minded Rayo Vallecano play host to a Valencia side looking to secure their return to the Champions League for next season.
Los Che are fighting with Sevilla for fourth spot and Nuno Espirito Santo’s men go into the game in good spirits thanks to a 4-0 victory over Granada and just one loss in their last six matches. The Mestalla club are 5/6 for the win.
Valencia have also kept our clean sheets in their last six outings, with goalkeeper Diego Alves breaking the club record for minutes without conceding a goal at home during Monday’s win over Granada. They are 7/4 to shut Rayo out.
Granada are fighting for their lives at the bottom of La Liga but they face an Espanyol side who were in good form before their weekend derby defeat against Barcelona.
The Catalans are still fighting for a place in Europe and look a good bet for three points at 39/20. Former Manchester City man Felipe Caicedo has scored three in his last two away outings, which brought four points for his side, and will be Espanyol’s biggest threat in Andalucia.
Granada are the joint-lowest scorers in the division going into the game with 21 goals alongside Cordoba and the visitors are 7/4 to keep a clean sheet.