Match Previews: La Liga (November 9)

Updated: November 4, 2013

Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad

Match Date: 09 November 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu


Real Madrid

Going nowhere else but within the top three, Real Madrid will continue embarking on a sanguine La Liga journey. The previous season’s runners up are staying in-form this term despite the buckles they encountered on weeks 7 and 10. Los Blancos’ attack remain very impressive, as seen in their multiple-goal wins over Sevilla 7-3 and Rayo Vallecano 2-3.  Ronaldo still does not fail to impress, and Bale and Benzema are also giving Carlo Ancelotti’s club a run for its money. With a form that is almost perfect and having players that are not part in any injury list,  Real Madrid will just be fine in the tournament.


Real Sociedad

Winning over Osasuna was quite expected when Real Sociedad welcomed their visitors at the Anoeta Stadium, but finishing it on a clean sheet with five perfect goals on top was absolutely unforeseen. The three points Txuri-urdin picked up from the win gave them enough reason to celebrate and keep them in the table’s safer areas. After the dull performances they displayed in the tournament’s earlier matches, the side are gradually making some good returns.


Football betting tip: Real Sociedad’s joist against Osasuna was quite predictable, but a clash against a well-organized Real Madrid is definitely a different story. This match will stockpile thrilling maneuvers from both squads, but the home side will still emerge as the one carrying the day (as they did in most of their recent battles). Wagering on spots from 1.75 to 2.17 for Real Madrid would be an intelligent decision.


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Getafe  vs. Elche

Match Date: 09 November 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Perez



The victory they seized from Villarreal must have been a booster for Getafe, but the promise of another success in their next match was not guaranteed, though. The Azulones were rendered goal-empty by Valencia when they met at the former’s home turf, but were nevertheless backed by a strong defense that the enemies only managed to net one goal. Still, it was a defeat, and the massive efforts they exerted on that bout left them without any point. Current standings place Luis García Plaza’s lad at number six, not bad for players who have been defeated twice in their last three fixtures.



Los Franjiverdes are better when playing away than playing in their home ground, as seen in their two (out of their three) victories this season being obtained not from the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero. This, however, does not mean that Elche cannot be beaten on an outing especially that they also incurred two defeats from playing as visitors. These loopholes suggest inconsistency within the side’s parameters, and coach Fran Escribá should begin addressing this issue before it reaches a much more dangerous degree.


Online betting tip: Their last few matches saw Getafe and Elche draw in low-scoring fixtures, except for one occasion (their second most recent) when the home side stole three goals from their visitors and championed the tilt. In this round, while most odds seem to tell a deadlock, Getafe would still be able to thrash Elche. Betting between 1.78 and 2.13 would be the safest choices on the rack.



  Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao vs. Levante

Match Date: 09 November 2013 (local)

Match Venue: San Mamés


Athletic Bilbao

Althletic Bilbao’s unbeaten streak since week eight finally came to an end when they went on a trip to the Estadio Vicente Calderón to battle out with Atletico Madrid. Los Leones left the court with zero goals on their hand, having been unable to barge into their opponents’ defense or at least seize equalizers for the innings netted by David Villa and Diego Costa. The defeat was apparently terrible, but Ernesto Valverde is positive that his lads’ next encounters would be large improvements from this disaster.



For two back-to-back matches, Levante were never able to score a goal. Their match with Real Betis concluded in a 0-0 draw while their meeting with Granada finished in a 0-1 result in favor of their opponents. The downfalls seem to create a stark difference to Granotes’ performances two matches earlier, when they obtained clean sheets from Espanyol and Celta Vigo. The waning offense is something team boss Joaquín Caparrós should mull over, and strengthening this faculty department would be highly crucial to his squad’s fate in the tournament.


Football betting tip: Both sides have been bludgeoned in their most recent battles following a string of successes they enjoyed in their earlier fixtures. The guessing now boils down to who got the mightier skills than the other. That said, Athletic Bilbao seem to be more adept at converting chances than their rivals. A wager placed between 1.80 and 2.11 for the home side could yield a good harvest.


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Celta Vigo vs. Rayo Vallecano

Match Date: 09 November 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Balaídos


Celta Vigo

Celta Vigo’s run in the Spanish top-flight league has been marred by six defeats in their last nine matches. More recently, however, the side were seen to be gradually making a comeback, winning over Malaga in a very impressive 0-5 away victory and over Sevilla on another successful away finish 0-1. Most of their matches rendered them hopeless and hapless, but their recent triumphs (along with their sound performances earlier in the competition) were enough to get them out of trouble. Os Celticos should be able to maintain their momentum if they are aiming for a much higher placement than their current standing, which is at number 15.


Rayo Vallecano

The players in one of the league’s yo-yo clubs have been suffering badly since the tournament’s second week, when they were assaulted quite abrasively by Atletico Madrid in a 5-0 finish. As if the loss in the derby was not yet painful, the side repeated similar results in eight more fixtures, including their most recent one (against another city arch-rival, Real Madrid 2-3). The only positive finishes they had this season were in their curtain raiser and their tourneys in the eighth and ninth match weeks. The very poor form has unavoidably pulled them down to the bottom several times, including the current week.


Online betting tip: This match will see Celta Vigo rejoice in front of their own fans for bagging their fourth win this season. Rayo have not yet mustered enough strength to score another win, and settling in the relegation zone would still be their only option. Betting on 1.88 to 2.02 for Celta would be highly profitable.