Now that we have all calmed down and the extent of last night’s classic el classico has sunk in why not make your Monday a little easier to handle with some top tips for the mid-week round of Spanish fixtures.
Granada v Malaga
Tuesday sees Granada at home to Malaga which will not be one for the purists. Tony Adams band of loanees put together from all corners of the globe are heading for the second division and want this season to end as soon as possible. Malaga have had an upturn in form recently with three wins from their last four and are a good shout at 13/10 to win the match. I doubt Tony will have much to dance about after this game.
Atlético v Villareal
The same evening as the above fixture will pit the best two defences in the division against each other. Both have pace to burn in attack and love to play on the counter so their is every chance they may cancel each other out to the point where they just give up possession on purpose in the hope of catching the opposing team on the break. 11/5 for under 1.5 goals is more than worth your while.
Leganes v Las Palmas
Wednesday’s games should have goals, lots of them too. Las Palmas are La Liga’s Newcastle United in the Keegan years when outscoring the opponent was paramount. Las Palmas haven’t kept a clean sheet outside of their home, the Canary Islands, all season whilst Leganes have lost four in a row with defensive issues number one on their list of problems to solve in order to avoid a hasty return to the second division. At 15/2 it’s risky but for both teams to score and a victory for Kevin Prince Boateng’s Las Palmas this bet is more than worth a punt.
Athletic Bilbao v Real Betis
Betis make the long trip from Andalusia to the Basque country on Thursday to play against one of the best home teams in the division. Only Barcelona and Real Madrid have done better at their respective homes. Betis however are safe and with nothing left to play for expect a straight-forward victory for Bilbao. 4/6 for over 2.5 goals looks as likely to happen as John Terry appearing in his full kit with Antonio Conte when they win their next trophy. Four of Bilbao’s last five have ended with more than 2.5 goals scored too.
TJ’s Spanish Acca
It wouldn’t be a European blog without an accumulator so here we go.
In chronological order we start in the capital as previously mentioned Atlético entertain Villareal and although a lot of goals don’t look too likely a home win does.
In stark contrast, Barcelona, still high from Messi’s stunning last minute winner in el classico, face bottom club Osasuna at the Camp Nou on Wednesday and this one could get ugly very fast. Expect the 19th century bus to be parked by Osasuna but with 75 shipped so far this season this’ll be an easy victory for the Catalans. On the same night Barça’s title rivals Madrid face Deportivo in Galicia. The result is a little harder to call but over 2.5 goals is not.
To finish on Thursday I have gone for an Athletic win over Real Betis. The acca itself returns £33 from a tenner which will do nicely for Thursday night’s Manchester derby in the pub.
Enjoy and adios!