La Liga Match Previews: Match Week 33 (Part 1)

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Updated: April 7, 2014
Osasuna

Osasuna vs. Real Valladolid

Match Date: 11 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio El Sadar

(Featured image: Osasuna | Source: diariodenavarra.es)

 

What makes Osasuna among the most interesting clubs in the current La Liga is their ability to make surprises. Their resilience is over the top and it reflects in their form. While they are still not completely safe from relegation, they have proven from one point to another that they can brave even the mightiest of the beasts. Their last two matches are testament to this zeal, having forced a draw with Europa League contenders Real Sociedad and winning over fellow strugglers Almeria. Los Rojillos are apparently improving their prospects of staying in the Spanish top-tier football for a second straight season.

 

Similarly, Valladolid are out of the drop zone after holding Valencia to a goalless draw at the Jose Zorilla stadium. The safety, however, was nearly put on the rocks as the side are only looming above the bottom three via goal difference. They are level on points with Getafe (31) who currently occupy the 18th spot. Pucela are resilient, but their ability to bounce back to safety is hampered by a dismal skill in the defense and in deterring from committing errors.

 

Football betting tip: Osasuna will bag a narrow win over Valladolid through an excellent performance in the air.

 

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Celta Vigo vs. Real Sociedad

Match Date: 12 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Balaídos

 

In spite of starting the match under their control, which perhaps was due to their bright win from their brawl against Sevilla, Celta Vigo cruised away from victory at their meeting with mid-table occupants Rayo Vallecano. Os Celticos may have started as the better side but it was the goals from Ruben Rochina and Bueno as well as the saves from Ruben Rochina Martinez that eventually decided the winners. This has therefore inflicted a three-point deficit against Luis Enrique’s men, and consequently, a slight slide in the table.

 

Losing all the spoils and conceding four goals to Real Madrid, Real Sociedad have had one of their worst results this season at Anoeta last weekend. Former Txuri-urdin midfielder Illarramendi took the lead for Madrid and Bale doubled it just past the hour-mark before Pepe and Alvaro Morata finished the clean sheet. Jagoba Arrasate’s players were hampered by a weak defense and poor goalkeeping by Claudio Bravo.

 

Sports betting tip: Celta Vigo and Real Sociedad are on course to producing a deadlock.