La Liga Betting: Barca To Fill Their Boots At Lowly Almeria

Almeria 16.00, a draw 8.00, Barcelona 1.16

The recent debate over Barcelona's style of football under Gerardo Martino is now all but redundant after an awesome display last time out. Barca tore into Real Sociedad at a ferocious speed in midweek, and while results remain so positive the fault finders will have to work even harder.

The Argentine coach is aware that people will always look to invent problems at Barca; "more so when the coach is neither from inside the club nor Dutch," he accepts.

Normal business was resumed in the possession stakes in midweek. Remarkably, Rayo Vallecano had more of the ball last weekend, the first time in 317 matches that Barcelona had less possession than an opponent.

Onto this evening's encounter, where Barca will be keen to reassert their dominance one more at newly promoted Almeria. The last time Blaugrana visited the Mediterráneo Stadium, Adriano was first on the score-sheet, and in Jordi Alba's continued absence, the stand-in left back is a decent 17.00 to repeat the feat.

Almería have led four of their six league games so far, and yet have won none of them. Defensively they are fragile, but they display attacking verve through Barça-owned Rodrí and Liverpool's on loan winger Suso.

Barcelona, meanwhile, have netted 19 goals in their last four meetings with Almeria - not a great omen for the lowly hosts tonight.

The real value in this game is for Barca to rack up the goals. Messi and co have scored four goals in three successive games now, while Almería have conceded at least two goals in every match since rejoining the Primera División.

So, back the away team to net over 3.5 goals it's 2.40 and you'll be laughing.

Score prediction: 1-5 (20.00)