Match Previews: La Liga (October 27-28)

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Updated: October 22, 2013
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Villarreal vs. Valencia

Match Date: 27 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal

 

Villarreal

Villarreal have avenged themselves from their loss to Real Betis when they met with and won over Granada 3-0 at El Madrigal. However, the saccharine victory was most recently spoiled by Athletic Club, when they defeated El Submarino Amarillo in a 2-0 finish. The match’s first period was apparently dominated by the hosts, when Rico and Aduriz netted solid goals in the 33rd and 35th minutes, respectively. The tourney’s second half saw both sides fortify their defenses, which ultimately led to a goal-less session. This marks the second time Marcelino García Toral’s men were beaten by their opponents this season. Fortunately, the loss was not necessarily very impactful as it still allowed the squad to defend their fourth-spot position in La Liga’s eighth match week. Thanks mainly to the massive successes they bagged from their five previous fixtures.

 

Valencia

Plagued by inconsistency, Valencia are making their stint in La Liga quite confusing. Starting off with a successful curtain raiser, the side faltered progressively in their subsequent matches, where Espanyol, Barcelona, and Real Betis all seized three goals apiece from those tourneys. Their next three combats, however, enabled them to go back to the league table’s top 10, after securing victories from Sevilla, Granada, and Rayo. Los Che’s fixture with Athletic Club gave them their first draw in the season. Another defeat was added to the side’s streak when they fought against Real Sociedad most recently.

 

Football betting tip: Villarreal are at their best when playing in their own turf, winning the majority of their home matches this season. Such a case could stun their visitors especially that half of Valencia’s defeats were incurred from away matches. In this round, Villarreal would be the obvious pick to win.

 

Villarreal | Image source: sportsmole.co.uk

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Real Sociedad vs. Almeria

Match Date: 27 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastián

 

Real Sociedad

After seven consecutive matches of zero wins (four draws, three defeats), Real Sociedad have finally breathed life into their streak. The side won over Valencia in their most recent fixture, delivering two goals via Griezmann and Pardo, and conceding only one. This would be Txuri-urdin’s second victory this season, the first being in their curtain raiser (against Getafe 2-0). Jagoba Arrasate’s lads improved quite significantly in their attack, which was relatively much stronger than what they used to display in their tourneys against Rayo, Malaga, and Levante (where they were not able to bag even just a single goal). The success thus allowed them to rank higher in the table, emerging from the 15th spot to the league’s top 12.

 

Almeria

Since day one, Almeria have been having a hard time acclimatizing in the Spanish top-flight tournament. The best finish they have scored thus far this is only a draw, which they did thrice—with Getafe, Elche, and Levante. The rest of their fixtures were utter disappointments. Although they netted some goals in the majority of their matches, their offensive and defensive departments still lack the right amount of proficiency to win their opponents over. The newly promoted side are in serious danger of leaving La Liga by the end of the season.

 

Football betting tip: Apparently, this fixture will give Real Sociedad one of their least challenging battles this term. Almeria are no match to their opponents’ skills in the pitch, so they should prepare themselves for another downfall when they visit the Estadio Anoeta.

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Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid vs. Real Betis

Match Date: 27 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Vicente Calderon, Madrid

 

Atletico Madrid

A 1-0 defeat by Espanyol saw Atletico Madrid incur their very first downfall this season. The current table’s second placers fell a little off in their defense after Thibaut Courtois turned a center from Espanyol’s Juan Fuentes and netted his own goal in the 54th minute. The lousy stunt (and the defeat, for that matter) would have been prevented if Courtois have only acted a little more careful. Regardless, Atletico remain monstrous contenders. Any club to hit their way would still have a substantial chance of being defeated by the Madrid linchpins.

 

Real Betis

Castro, Rodriguez, and Vilarchao may not be able to turn up in Real Betis’ next fixture. The injury problems, along with a weakening defense, are taking a serious toll on the side’s streak. Both the Beticos’ clashes with Getafe and Elche yielded ugly finishes, where they conceded at least two goals in each of the meetings. The squad have only won twice this season, both at home, and have never gone higher than the 11th spot in all nine matches this term.

 

Online betting tip: Facing a troupe that have been winning the majority of their fixtures and producing some of the current league’s most valuable players, Real Betis are on a suicide visit to Madrid. This match will definitely be used by the hosts to cover up for their embarrassing defeat in Barcelona, probably targeting a clean sheet against their opponents.

 

Atletico Madrid| Image source: lfp.es

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Getafe vs. Athletic Bilbao

Match Date: 28 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Madrid

 

Getafe

Shrouded in dismaying results at the start of the season, Getafe have gradually emerged from the abyss. Their win against Osasuna at the tournament’s fourth week hinted their first silver lining in their streak. Though they had to settle with a 4-1 away loss from Real Madrid in the next fixture, the side’s succeeding set of tourneys were nevertheless very successful. Since week six, the Azulones have been unbeaten, fueling a surge in their tabular ranking from their lowest at number 19 to their current highest at the top five. Luis García Plaza’s men’s ascent was a classic rugs-to-riches model of a previously struggling club. With the lads increasingly improving in their abilities, Getafe are off to a confident run.

 

Athletic Bilbao

At the back of Athletic Bilbao’s 2-0 defeat from Granada and 1-1 draw with Valencia is a clean sheet they obtained from Villarreal. The victory, 2-0, would be the side’s fifth this term, and a significant source of new points to keep them within the top six. Mikel Rico unleashed a precise stunt to meet Andoni Iraola’s long cross from the right to deliver his second goal (in the 33rd minute) in the new league season. Two minutes later, Aritz Aduriz netted Bilbao’s second (and final) inning when he rallied forward and attacked on a poor clearance by Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio.

 

Online betting tip: A vicious encounter between these clubs should be expected. Both Getafe and Athletic Bilbao are very determined to score another win; but with their faculties measured at an almost equal level, a deadlock is very likely to happen.