La Liga Match Previews: Match Week 31 (Part 4)

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Updated: March 28, 2014
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Valencia vs. Getafe

Match Date: 30 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Mestalla

(Featured image: Valencia | Source: videosdelbetis.com)

 

Mixed results from their past few matches indicate an inconsistent performance, but can nevertheless be regarded as acceptable especially that Valencia still manage to remain in the top half. Los Che rank at number nine, eight points off a Europa League place. The side, notorious for their knack for attacking and defending set pieces, have already won 11 times and scored 43 goals since the start of the season.

 

Getafe are still within the fringes of the relegation zone, following 15 straight weeks of very poor results. Of the said streak, the side have only picked up five points from five stalemates. There are just plenty of wrong things happening in the squad. While they show some hope in aerial duels, the Azulones fall dramatically short of faculties to defend counter-attacks, maintain possession, finish scoring chances, and protect the lead.

 

Football betting tip: Valencia will run away the bacon.

 

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Real Betis vs. Malaga

Match Date: 31 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera

 

Real Betis’ first win outside their court season was testament to the growing possibility that they could yet make a run at survival with a victory over Levante a few days ago. Second-half goals from Jorge Molina and Ruben Castro shipped a fifth win for Betis and proved decisive of the squad’s potential as a dark horse. However, they are still nestled in the table’s lowest reaches and it will need massive efforts to escape demotion, especially now that there are only a few weeks left before the season ends.

 

It was very frustrating for Malaga to lose all three points to Espanyol, especially that they firmly believed they deserved a penalty when Hector Moreno appeared to have kicked Malaga forward Roque Santa Cruz in the penalty area. No penalty was granted and toward the battle’s end, Espanyol have retained control of the scoring. Malaga still have some work to do before they achieve sure safety, remaining on 32 points.

 

Sports betting tip: This match will put another blow on Betis’ bid for safety.