La Liga Match Previews: Match Week 33 (Part 3)

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Updated: April 7, 2014
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Real Madrid vs. Almeria

Match Date: 12 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

(Featured image: Real Madrid | Source: bleacherreport.net)

 

While they may be currently positioned only at number three, Real Madrid still have a very good chance at overtaking Barcelona and Atletico to lord the competition over. The previous table leaders had a few debacles on March which inevitably caused several deficits on points that ultimately led to their exit from the league’s summit.

 

However, the side’s three most recent matches have been deliciously rewarding. Massive clean sheets from both Rayo Vallecano 5-0 and Real Sociedad 0-4 are enough evidence to prove Los Blanco’s acumen to dominate Spain’s top-flight football, not to mention that they also carried out magnificent win over Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League.

 

These feats by the Madrid-based club contradict Almeria’s set, which has been at a low-key gradient since the start of the competition. The troupe, who are spending a 14th non-consecutive stay in the drop zone, were disheveled in their last two La Liga matches. Fellow strugglers Valladolid and Osasuna proved to be the less weak side than the Francisco Rodríguez ensemble.

 

Sports betting tip: Real Madrid should celebrate for another clean sheet to be added to their streak.

 

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Real Betis vs. Sevilla FC

Match Date: 13 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera

 

Real Betis are not only lacking consummate flair on their form, but are also struggling to turn around their problem on player injuries. Their health issues are ballooning exponentially, with plenty of absences that include Salva Sevilla, Nosa Igiebor, Damien Perquis, Dídac Vilá, José Caro, Xavi Torres, Chuli, and team captain Nacho. Coach Gabriel Calderón will have a tough time formulating a good equation to cover up for this dilemma, which actually adds to his already difficult challenge of cutting down his men’s susceptibility to errors.

 

Sevilla are currently occupying the top spot in the Europa League places and are therefore only one step away from securing berth in the Champions league play-offs. Their very strong standing came after a series of (non-consecutive) victories they earned against such opponents as Real Valladolid, Osasuna, and most notably, Real Madrid. Their most recent brawl also awarded them with three points, sending off Espanyol on a 4-1 finish.

 

Online betting tip: Sevilla will embark on another victorious outing.