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Spanish La Liga: Gameweek 10 Preview

Atletico Madrid's wonderkid Joao Felix will have to step up in the absence of Luis Suarez

This is one of the most open La Liga seasons ever with only four points separating the top four teams. Also, teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona find themselves outside the top three. Atletico Madrid, who are unbeaten this season will face a true test as they welcome Barcelona on Saturday.

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Friday 20 November

Osasuna 13/10
Draw 2/1
Huesca 47/20
(22:00)

Osasuna needed the international break after suffering back-to-back defeats against Atletico Madrid and Sevilla respectively. This is a perfect opportunity for the hosts to return to winning ways as they welcome a side that is yet to win a La Liga game this season. Huseca are rooted at the foot of the table after being the drawing kings of the division. The visitors have drawn six of their nine matches played. Though a draw is always possible whenever Huesca are involved, I think Osasuna will win this one.

Saturday 21 November

Levante 15/20
Draw 26/10
Elche 36/10
(15:00)

We kick off the Saturday fixtures with a low-key encounter as Levante play hosts to Elche. Both teams are in the bottom half of the table, with five points separating these sides. Elche have 11 points after seven matches, while Levante have recorded six points after eight games. The hosts are winless in the last six La Liga matches, scoring just three goals in the process. The visitors have only lost two games so far this season, winning three while drawing the other two which proves they are an inconsistent side. Neither team can be trusted on current form, so, back Under 2.5 Goals at 15/20.

Villarreal 23/10
Draw 28/10
Real Madrid 21/20
(17:15)

Early title challengers Villarreal will welcome defending champions Real Madrid to the Estadio de la Ceramica. The Yellow Submarine are in the form of their lives as they are unbeaten in the last 10 matches in all competitions. The hosts are second on the log standings, two points behind Real Sociedad after nine matches. Villarreal have the best home record after winning four of their five matches and they will fancy their chances against this disjointed Madrid side. After the embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Valencia last time out, Zinedine Zidane’s men know they can’t afford to drop anymore points, especially against top four teams. To be honest, Real Madrid haven’t impressed me one bit this season and that’s both in the league and Champions League. Back Villarreal to get something in this fixture, take them on the Win/Draw Double Chance at 7/10.

Sevilla 11/20
Draw 29/10
Celta Vigo 52/10
(19:30)

Sevilla find themselves in 12th position on the log with just 10 points to their name and can’t afford to drop anymore points if they are serious about challenging for the league. Celta Vigo are winless in their last seven matches and are struggling to score goals as well. Get on Sevilla to win this match.

Atletico Madrid 17/10
Draw 23/10
Barcelona 16/10
(22:00)

The match of the weekend sees Atletico Madrid take on former champions Barcelona. It’s always fireworks whenever these sides meet – nine goals were scored in the two league fixtures last season and we can expect more again in this encounter. Players like Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann will be looking to prove a point against their former teams. Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in the league this season and winning their two games in hand will see them top the table. Barcelona are not at their best at the moment, but they still need to be respected and feared as they can still hurt teams with the quality they have. Yes, they are not the same and are now beatable, but Atleti will still need to bring their A-game. This will not be an easy match, but Atletico Madrid should come out victorious.

Sunday 22 November

Eibar 51/20
Draw 39/20
Getafe 13/10
(15:00)

Getafe has taken a dip in form lately in the campaign. The visitors are winless in their last three matches. The recent poor form sabotages the good start they showed in the first five matches where they won three and drew one, collecting 10 points. Eibar are also struggling and have only managed to register just nine points with just two wins and three draws from the nine matches played. Both teams are in terrible form, so, expect a boring low-scoring match. Neither team can be trusted here so back Under 2.5 Goals at 4/10.

Cadiz 3/1
Draw 22/10
Real Sociedad 1/1
(17:15)

With just one loss in the campaign so far this season, Real Sociedad are leading the table as it stands. The visitors have picked up 20 points from six wins and two draws in their nine matches. Sociedad are literally smashing everyone scoring 10 goals in the last three La Liga matches while winning each of their last five. Cadiz have been by far the surprise package of the season as most pundits expected them to be struggling in the bottom half, but they’ve beaten Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. Sociedad will have to take this game serious or else they will be in serious trouble. It’s hard not to back Sociedad at the moment and at even money, I think this should be included in all multiples.
 
Granada 23/20
Draw 2/1
Valladolid 11/4
(19:30)

Granada suffered a 2-0 defeat at Real Sociedad before the international break. Prior to that, the hosts were unbeaten in nine matches. This is a perfect opportunity to return to winning ways when they face a struggling Real Valladolid side. The visitors’ surprise win against Bilbao before the break was their first of the campaign. Granada’s home record states they should win this match comfortably. They collected most of their points at their ground last season and have already collected 10 points at home in this campaign. This is a banker and needs to be included in all multiples.

Deportivo Alaves 17/10
Draw 21/10
Valencia 7/4
(22:00)
Embattled Valencia surprised everyone last round when they thrashed reigning champions Real Madrid 4-1. They will fancy their chances of getting back to back wins for the first time this season. Alaves are no pushovers though and will fight with everything they have. The hosts have lost just once in the last five matches. Both teams have managed to score in each of their last 10 meetings. As the form suggests, back Both Teams to Score in this match at even money.

Monday 23 November

Athletic Bilbao 27/20
Draw 43/20
Real Betis 43/20
(22:00)

Athletic Bilbao are the most inconsistent team in the league so far this season. After beating Sevilla, they go on to lose to Cadiz and Valladolid. Real Betis are also an unreliable team and you never know what to expect from them. Back these sides to cancel each other out.

TREBLE @ 9/1
Osasuna Win 13/10
Sociedad Win 1/1
Granada Win 23/20

Written by Banele Pikwa