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Spanish La Liga: Gameweek 23 Preview

Last week our La Liga tips were spot on with only one game incorrectly tipped while all the others duly obliged. That means everything is still in favour of log leaders Atletico Madrid despite Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla winning their matches. 

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Atletico are yet to play their game in hand against Levante at the time of writing. 

Standings provided by SofaScore LiveScore

Friday 12 February

5/10 Celta Vigo | Draw 29/10 | Elche 58/10 (22:00)

We kick-off
this weekend’s matches with a low-key affair as two of the worst teams in the
division tackle each other at Abanca Balaidos. Both sides have a winless streak
of no less than six matches, with only seven points separating the two outfits.
The Sky Blues hold the advantage and a win here will see them 10 points clear
off their opponents while Elche will do everything to avoid defeat. Expect a cagey affair here and back Under 2.5

Saturday 13 February

4/1 Granada | 47/20 | Atletico Madrid 15/20

Colchoneros are easily the best team in the Spanish top flight this season, and
that too by a whole mile. They are at the top of the table, above the two titans,
and have a lead of 10 points. Impressively, they have a game in hand as well. By
the looks of things, it’s a foregone conclusion that Diego Simeone’s men are
about to deliver a rare title for their fans. But it’s important that they do
not take things for granted, despite having a 10-point lead. Their rivals Barca
and Real Madrid are capable off pulling a miraculous come-back. Back Atletico Madrid to win this game.

5/10 Sevilla | 29/10 | Huesca 54/10 (17:15)

Sevilla are
on their way to break the normal top three contenders list in the La Liga. The
host are on a four-game winning streak in the campaign following a 3-0 win at
home against Getafe last time out. The home team is just a point behind Real
Madrid and Barcelona. Huesca pulled off a great fight against outgoing
champions Madrid last Sunday where they scored first and ended up losing 2-1.
The visitors are still rooted at the foot of the table with just 16 points to
their name. Sevilla should make it five
wins on the bounce here.

21/20 Eibar | 22/10 |
Valladolid 29/10  (19:30)

Eibar is at the edge of the relegation zone on the table as
it stands. They have escaped falling into it because of their superior
head-to-head record to their opponents Valladolid. Both sides are equal on
points but because Eibar won the first encounter 2-1, it gives them the
advantage. This is evidence that avoiding defeat to your direct rivals is
important as it can cost you a league title or even a La Liga spot. It’s hard to separate these two teams so
back a draw here.

1/3 Barcelona | 44/10
| Alaves 7/1 (22:00)

Catalans are slowly returning to their dominating ways in the Spanish league.
They had begun their season on a disastrous note, but as of now they are placed
second in the table, even above arch-rivals, Real Madrid. Antoine Griezmann is
back to his menacing best, and so is Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba. The team will
be adamant to cash in on this form and momentum of seven consecutive wins. Back Barcelona to Win and Both Teams to Score
at 7/4.

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Sunday 14 February

24/10 Getafe | 2/1 | Real Sociedad 13/10

Sociedad returned to winning ways when they thrashed Cadiz 4-1 last Sunday and
registered their first La Liga win in the new year. Despite their impressive
win, the visitors remain sixth on the standings and are still way off the UEFA
Champions League qualification zone. Getafe are a completely different team
this season. Unlike the last campaign where they were top four contenders, they
are now just an ordinary midtable team.
Sociedad haven’t been convincing but I’m backing them to make it two wins in a

4/10 Real Madrid | 38/10 | Valencia 6/1 (17:15)

Real Madrid
returns to Alfredo Di Stefano where they lost 2-1 against Levante in the last home
game which saw them slid to the third spot. The reigning champions, who scraped
a narrow win against Huesca last time out, face a Valencia side that
embarrassed them in the first round, thrashing them 4-1 at the Mestalla. Los
Che are unbeaten in their last two matches, winning 1-0 to Eibar and drawing
with Bilbao. Real Madrid still can’t be
trusted against anyone in the division so back Both Teams to Score here at

27/20 Levante | 21/10 | Osasuna 9/4 (19:30)

Levante were unlucky not to
win their previous encounter at home to Granada where they conceded in added
time in both halves which saw the match end 2-2 – stretching their unbeaten run
to nine matches. Osasuna did enough to clinch maximum points against relegation-threatened
Eibar which saw them move away from the red zone for now. It’s hard not to back Levante at the moment, especially against bottom
half teams so we will keep backing them until they disappoint.

17/20   Villarreal | 5/2 | Real
Betis 32/10 (22:00)

Villarreal still have a chance
to get top four this season. But winning the rest of the games will be easier
said than done. The host have been winless in the last five league matches in
the campaign, following a 2-2 draw with bottom side Elche last time out. Real
Betis put in a good fight against Barcelona where the Catalans scored in the
last minute to win 3-2. Both sides have
been finding the back of the net in recent matches while they also have been
guilty of shipping in goals at the back which makes Both Teams to Score a
certainty in this encounter.

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Monday 15 February

51/20 Cadiz | 39/20 | Athletic Bilbao 5/4 (22:00)

Athletic Bilbao will be confident ahead of their trip to Cadiz who have been the whipping boys of late. Bilbao dropped points in their last encounter playing a 1-1 draw at home to Valencia meaning they’ve now won six, lost once and drawn once in their last eight matches and the defeat came against Barcelona. The visitors are on form and should be winning such matches.

TREBLE 67/10

Sevilla Win 5/10
Sociedad Win 13/10
Bilbao Win 5/4

Written by Banele Pikwa

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