La Liga Match Previews: Match Week 35 (Part 4)

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Updated: April 23, 2014
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Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid

Match Date: 27 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Mestalla

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Valencia would have broken their four-week unbeaten streak if not for the late equalizer by Jonas against Osasuna on weekend. The 1-1 draw might have salvaged the side’s form but did not do significant help to bring them into the EUFA spots. Los Che are only one spot outside the top seven but they will have to produce more victories as they are seven points short of this elite group. A minimization in error-clad actions will prove crucial toward strengthening their chance at ending up in the table’s upper reaches.

 

The undisputed leaders, meanwhile, have successfully widened their gap against other title chasers with a strong result over Elche on weekend. Joao Miranda and Diego Costa the necessary goals to bag a clean sheet and be four points and six points clear of Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively. Their score is very solid and secure that even if they lose this week (which is unlikely), they would remain on top of the table in the corresponding rankings. The overall victory, however, is not yet certain and their impending clash against Chelsea in the Champions League will further pose extra pressure.

 

Football betting tip: Atletico Madrid will stretch their victorious La Liga run to a ninth consecutive week.

 

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Athletic Bilbao vs. Sevilla FC

Match Date: 27 April 2014 (local)

Match Venue: San Mamés

 

Athletic Bilbao were on course to inflicting Barcelona their fourth straight defeat but Messi was to the rescue to salvage the current runners up from further dismay. The match ended with Bilbao conceding two goals and scoring only one, in spite of having the better chances for the most parts of the fixture. Aduriz opened the scoring but the Pedro-Messi tandem eventually decided the winner. Los Leones remain in the fourth spot.

 

Sevilla were once at risk of relegation but strong performances in the latter parts of the top-flight competition helped them turn their form around and become the fifth most powerful club in the season (at least for now). Their seeding in EUFA’s tournaments is almost sealed, and a victory in their subsequent matches is not a long shot especially when considering their successive wins in the past four weeks.

 

Sports betting tip: Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla will each drop two points from their brawl.