La Liga betting: Goals to come late on as Atletico Madrid host Sevilla


Levante 15.00, the draw 7.25, Barcelona 1.18

Levante coach Joaquin Capparos described the upcoming league and cup battles with Barcelona as 'like going to the dentist.' The boss will be pulling his own teeth out if his team capitulates like last time when they lost 7-0.

Xavi Hernández played down speculation over a move to the New York Red Bulls this week, revealing he did almost leave Barça in the past. After helping Spain lift the European Championship in 2008 he held talks with Bayern Munich, but their current manager Pep Guardiola was key to stopping any further progression. "It was pretty serious," Xavi told El Mundo Deportivo in an interview. The midfielder is without a goal for two months, to score first here he is 10.00.

Lionel Messi scored two in midweek on his return to the first 11, but there was bad news for Neymar who injured his ankle and should be missing for the next three weeks.

It's the first of three meetings in eleven days between the two sides. With hammering that Levante took on the opening day of the season providing more than a couple of nerves.

The margins have been a lot tighter at the Ciutat de València though. For Barcelona to win by a two goal margin, then take the draw on the 3-way handicap starting with Levante 2-0 for a reward of 4.20.

Score Prediction: Levante 1 Barcelona 3 (11.00)

 

Atletico Madrid 1.33, the draw 4.75, Sevilla 9.50

The stalemate with Barcelona last week brought mixed feelings for Atléti fans. A third consecutive draw with the side showed they are more than a match for the champions, though at the same time it felt like it was an opportunity lost.

Atlético Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta thinks the club can keep their star players, despite a mountain of debt. "Atlético is a club which, due to its nature, must sell every year. We believe we can have our players at least one year more," Berta told Italian radio channel Tele Radio Stereo.

It's been a big turnaround for Unai Emery's Sevilla as the new signings are all beginning to gel. They have lost just three of the last 22 games in all competitions.

The two clubs are surprising the rest of Spain for different reasons, but both are on the rise under difficult circumstances. Atlético Madrid's last six goals have all come in the second half and Sevilla has four out of six goals in the same period. Over 2.5 goals in the second half is 3.70.

Score Prediction: Atlético Madrid 2 Sevilla 1 (9.00)