In a brand new feature, guest editor Andy Macfarlane of La Liga Blog scours the depths of Spain to find some nuggets of value in this weekend’s round of Primera division matches.
Sevilla v Las Palmas
Despite Tottenham Hotspur loanee Federico Fazio seeing red on the 25 minutes mark for Sevilla in their La Liga tie against Celta Vigo midweek, Los Rojiblancos were able to hold the Galician outfit to a 1-1 battling draw thanks to some resolute defending.
And with the Catalonian club in a decent vein of form domestically right now (they’re unbeaten in their last 5) we fully expect them to get back to winning ways with the visit of Primera Division basement boys Las Palmas at the weekend.
After making light-work of some similarly struggling sides in the past, Sevilla have garnered a reputation of being somewhat flat-track bullies this season. Unai Emery’s side have already brushed aside the likes of Real Betis, Levante and Getafe this season and we fully expect prime relegation candidates Las Palmas to be dispatched at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in a similar manner.
Discounting their 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo, Sevilla have netted 10 goals in their last three matches in all competitions and will be facing a Los Amarillos side who’ve won just once in the league all year and haven’t won away from home all season.
We wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Sevilla run out very comfortable winners in this one and have opted for an Asian Handicap of -2 for the home side as our recommended bet.
Sevilla Handicap of -2 (31/20)
Sevilla to win 3-0 (8/1)
Sporting Gijon v Rayo Vallecano
The opening match of the weekend sees a steadily improving Sporting Gijon side take on Rayo Vallecano, who are fresh from their 2-0 win against Las Palmas last Saturday.
With both sides perilously close to the Primera Division relegation zone, we expect this one to be a very tight affair with neither side looking to give anything up too easy.
Following their impressive 1-1 draw with 9th placed Deportivo La Coruna, a match in which they arguably should have won, we’ve got a sneaky feeling hosts Sporting Gijon will nick this one and at 13/10 feel there’s plenty of value there against a Rayo Vallecano team who haven’t travelled well this season (who could forget their 10-2 drubbing at the Santiago Bernabeu in December?)
Sporting Gijon to win (13/10)
Sporting Gijon to win 1-0 (8/1)