La Liga Match Previews: Match Week 29 (Part 3)

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Updated: March 18, 2014
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Athletic Bilbao vs. Getafe

Match Date: 22 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: San Mamés

(Featured image: Athletic Bilbao | Source: sportsmole.co.uk)

 

Athletic Bilbao remain unbeaten for three weeks following a 1-1 draw with Valencia. Aritz Aduriz, in spite of missing a first-half penalty, ultimately came off commendable as he fired a very crucial equalizer to Valencia’s opener. This helped Los Leones stay ahead of the game in the chase for the fourth Champions League spot. They still rank fourth overall with goal difference of 19 and total earning of 52 points.

 

Getafe’s brawl against Granada was seriously depriving as all their scoring efforts were effectively equalized by their visitors. Marica opened the scoring in the sixth minute but was canceled out 29 minutes later by Riki. Lopez reclaimed the lead for Azulones in the 38th minute but only to be leveled again by Granada through El-Arabi’s second-half opener. Lafita almost secured the win for the Cosmin Contra side with a stunning goal in the 72nd minute until El-Arabi rallied late and scored his second. All boiled down to a 3-3 stalemate, with Getafe sliding one spot in the table to rank side by side with relegation candidates Real Valladolid.

 

Sports betting tip: Athletic Bilbao should expect another victory from this tourney.

 

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Osasuna vs. Sevilla

Match Date: 23 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio El Sadar

 

Since escaping the relegation zone on week 17, Osasuna have been having a roller coaster ride in the mid-table. There were instances of really good displays as well as a fair share of appalling defeats. Recently, the side seemed to be going back to their old self. Defeats were incurred from their last three matches and all of which were goalless. The worst they had was the one against title favorites Barcelona, which posted 7-0 to be recorded as the season’s worst defeat so far. They are currently at number 15, only three points above the drop zone.

 

Sevilla presently hold the least spot for a Europa League seeding. The berth is nearly certain as the club next to them, Valencia, are still eight points away. Form-wise, The Sevillistas have gone a long way from their demotion status in the tournament’s earlier weeks. The side’s last eight fixtures only posted one defeat and two draws, while all the rest―including their most recent— were resounding victories.

 

Online betting tip: Sevilla are on track to achieving their sixth away (or 13th overall) win this season.