Getafe 1.47 the draw 4.35 Racing Santander 6.50
Early kick offs arrived in Spain this season to varying degrees of success. The decision to copy the English Premiership and market the league better as a whole, is a welcome idea and adds to the global appeal. Unfortunately, a number of games have not been the most mouth-watering, Real Madrid has started early just twice, whilst Barcelona are yet to play at this time. Its one thing happening on a Sunday, quite how many people will tune in on a Tuesday (although its Bank Holiday in Spain) remains to be seen. Getafe struggle for fans at the best of times and relegation befell Los Racinguistas at the weekend having not won in the last 17 matches. Under 3.5 (1.33) will probably go well with the under-watched, under-supported and overall under whelming game.
Granada 1.90 the draw 3.40 Espanyol 3.85
"Win, win and win" were the instructions from Granada Coach Abel Resino, four wins in their last seven home games suggest they are more than equipped for the task in hand. Attacking duo Dani Benitez and Ikechukwu Uche return from injury. Javi Márquez has informed his employers that he won't be signing a new deal this summer, leaving just 12 months remaining on his current contract. The midfielder has the assets to be a bargain signing for a club this upcoming transfer window, providing he can stay injury free. The draw looks promising at 3.40.
Sporting de Gijon 2.30 the draw 3.40 Villarreal 3.00
This is one of those six-pointers, that's still really only worth three. Sporting's surprise three-nil away win against Espanyol, was marred by the clubs' integrity being called into question. Radio station Cadena Ser said that the LFP had informed anti-corruption investigators of possible cases of match-fixing in recent La Liga and second-tier games, whilst Cadena Cope went one further suggesting an anonymous source had raised doubts over that very match. An official statement from the LFP denied any formal complaint.
The news that Giuseppe Rossi has a remote chance of returning this year, is probably more of a blow to Chairman Fernando Roig's bank balance than that of Villarreal's plans on the pitch for next season. Looking to get €35 million last August, after what will have been 18 months out, they will most likely receive half that amount when an eventual sale goes through. Miguel Lotina's men have lost just one game in eight since he took over, including three draws on the bounce. A draw at 3.40 would see Real Zaragoza the beneficiaries.