Gary Neville will be looking for his first victory as a La Liga manager on Saturday afternoon when his Valencia side welcome Getafe to the Mestalla.
Neville, successor to Nuno Santo Espirito, secured his first win in charge of Los Che in midweek with a 2-0 win against Barakaldo in the Copa del Rey but he has yet to taste success in the league after seeing his side draw 1-1 at Eibar last time out.
The visit of Getafe leave the odds stacked in favour of a Valencia victory at 4/6. The odds look good considering Getafe have lost ten of their last 11 away matches while Valencia are undefeated in 19 matches on home soil.
The Madrid club have also been leaking goals on their travels and while Los Che have hardly been freescoring, Neville will be looking for a comfortable afternoon. A 2-0 home win offers odds of 27/5.
Former Celta Vigo man Santi Mina has hit some form since Manchester United legend Neville came in as boss, with the youngster netting twice in four games, including the equaliser against Barcelona last time out on home soil in the league. The forward also netted in the cup in midweek and is 2/1 to score anytime during the match.
Atletico hoping for an early Christmas present with top spot in sight
Atletico Madrid can take advantage of Barcelona’s ventures in the FIFA Club World Cup this week by moving top of La Liga on Sunday night going into Christmas.
Diego ‘Cholo’ Simeone’s side currently sit joint top with the Catalans but with Luis Enrique’s men in Japan and can claim top spot for themselves with at least a point at struggling Malaga.
The Costa del Sol club have been in dire form this season but did receive a much-needed boost with a come-from-behind victory at Rayo Vallecano last weekend – a result that lifted them out of the bottom three.
Despite that result Atletico are still clear favourites for the three points at 8/11 and rightly so given their run of five straight Liga wins.
Simeone’s side have regained the stubborn defensive play and punch in attack that saw them win the league two seasons ago and while both Barcelona and Madrid stumbled last week their winning run kept going.
A clean sheet is likely for Athlete’s tight defence at 5/6 and for the visitors to be winning at both half-time and full-time you can get longer odds of 31/20.
On-song Antoine Griezmann netted Atleti’s winner against Athletic Bilbao last weekend with his eighth goal of the season. The Frenchman is 4/1 to open the scoring at La Rosaleda.
The rest of La Liga
There’s a Madrid derby on Sunday lunchtime and a match Rafa Benitez has to win to keep the wolves off his back as Real Madrid host Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos slipped to a third defeat of the season last weekend at Villarreal and will want to close the gap on Barcelona with a convincing win against their less glamorous neighbours.
Madrid are 3/25 for the win but the better tip will be a big winning margin given the ten-times European Champions thrashed Malmo 8-0 in the Champions League last time out and 4-1 against Getafe in their last Liga outing on home soil.
Those big wins, coupled with Rayo’s leaking defence, should see the hosts win by at least two goals at odds of 8/15.
Cristiano Ronaldo will also be looking to build on his recent goal tally and odds of 29/2 are available for the Portuguese star to score first and Madrid to win 4-0.
Two struggling sides meet at the Power8 Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Espanyol host Las Palmas.
Both teams are in dire need of a win although Las Palmas are the side in bigger danger, occupying one of the relegation places going into the match while Espanyol sit relatively safe in mid-table.
Despite those differences, it was Espanyol who parted company with their coach Sergio Garcia recently, meaning Galca will take charge of his first match as coach.
The Catalan club will hope that change in coach brings the desired boost and with odds of 1/1 available for a home win, they’re worth taking against a Las Palmas side that struggles on their travels.
A thriller of a game awaits on Saturday night with the first Seville derby of the season taking place at the Benito Villamarin with Betis hosting Sevilla.
Pepe Mel will have his men fired up for the clash but Sevilla go into the game in the better form with three straight wins under their belts, while Betis have failed to win in their last five home matches.
An even contest is expected but Sevilla should have the edge and are 10/11 to take all three points from the clash.
Expect that winning margin to be slender, however, with a one-goal margin offering longer odds of 11/4.
Kevin Gamerio scored twice in Sevilla’s last Liga outing and is top-scorer for Unai Emery’s men so far this season. If anyone is going to break the deadlock for the visitors it’s going to be him and odds of 9/2 are on offer.
Deportivo La Coruna go into Saturday night’s home clash against Eibar on the back on a shock 2-2 draw at leaders Barcelona last time out.
That result topped off a good bit of form for the Galicians. The week before they held Sevilla to a share of the spoils and won their two games before that, making them tough opposition this season after battling the drop a year ago.
Eibar will be happy with their season so far but the Basque club have taken just two points from their last four Liga matches.
Depor are 1/1 to stretch their unbeaten run with a victory and those odds look good taking everything into account.
Lucas Perez is the main man for Depor with 11 goals so far this term and is a good shout to add his twelfth against the Basque side.
Athletic Bilbao will be out to return to winning ways after last weekend’s loss at Atletico Madrid when they welcome Levante to San Mames.
The Valencia club prop up the rest of the division, making anything other than a home win a shock result. Ernesto Val Verde’s side are 4/11 for all three points.
Expect a home clean sheet at 3/4 given Levante’s goalscoring problems, especially on their travels, and expect an Ritz Aduriz goal. The powerful striker is 14/5 to score first.
A winning margin of more than two goals in favour of the hosts also looks a good bet if the match goes with form. Odds of 53/20 are on offer.
Granada picked up a crucial victory at fellow strugglers Levante last weekend but the Andalusian club still sit in the relegation zone ahead of Sunday’s home match against Celta Vigo.
That positive result should not be enough to help them to any points against the Galicians, who arrive on the back of collecting seven points from their last possible nine and sitting ninth in the table.
Celta look good for all three points at odds of 6/5. They have only managed slender one-goal winning margins in their last two league wins, however, making odds of 14/5 for another one-goal margin of victory attractive.
Nolito still leads the goalscoring trail for Eduardo Berizzo’s with eight goals this season but former Liverpool man Iago Aspas is not far behind with seven after netting the winner in his side’s last league outing against Espanyol. Aspas is 5/1 to score first.
Villarreal will be in buoyant mood ahead of their trip to Real Sociedad after enjoying a shock 1-0 home win against Real Madrid last weekend.
Marcelino’s men have yet to find consistent levels this season, however, and the trip to Anoeta will provide a big test for his side.
La Real have won their last two home matches in La Liga, including seeing off high-flying Sevilla, and both teams could cancel each other out on Sunday night. Odds of 43/20 are available for the draw.