La Liga Match Previews: Match Week 33 (Part 4)

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Updated: April 7, 2014
Valencia

Valencia vs. Elche

Match Date: 13 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Mestalla

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

 

Valencia incurred back-to-back defeats from two different competitions, conceding three goals to Getafe in the Spanish top-tier football and bagging a goalless draw with Basel in the Europa League. For coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, this pair of misfortunes are bad a sign for Los Che, although not really a major contaminant on their form particularly in La Liga. The side are still ranked within the top-half but they need a few more wins for them to achieve at least the final ticket in UEFA’s second-tier competition for next season.

 

Elche are providing good-quality displays in La Liga in terms of set-piece performances, but their excellence at this particular skill is being overshadowed by their incapacities to finish scoring chances, avoid fouls, defend against long shots, and engage in aerial fights. In fact, their deficiency in these areas has already taken a toll on their form. They were winless from weeks 27 through 31. Fortunately, a clean sheet against Getafe was recently obtained and has provided a much-needed break on their mediocre streak.

 

Football betting tip: Valencia will find the net more often than Elche.

 

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Getafe vs. Atletico Madrid

Match Date: 13 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Perez

 

Getafe were successful at holding Elche in a goalless deadlock for the most parts of their meeting, until Richmond Boakye pulled off a stoppage-time winner to inflict struggling Azulones another defeat on their streak. The side have barely won in any fixture this year except for their penultimate tourney which saw them triumph over Valencia 1-3. Mustering total points of only 31, Cosmin Contra’s men are still fighting hard to get themselves out of the bottom three.

 

Atletico Madrid are Getafe’s exact opposite. The championship favorites are spending a fifth non-consecutive reign at the table’s summit and have been unbeaten for the last nine matches in all competitions (they only lost twice in La Liga this year). While they currently have some pressures to absorb bombarded by the equally stunning performances of other title chasers Barcelona and Real Madrid, Los Colchoneros are already certain that they will conclude the season very strongly and could definitely seize a vital seeding in UEFA’s top-tier competition, the Champions League.

 

Sports betting tip: Atletico Madrid will easily dominate this battle.