La Liga Betting: Weekend Round-Up

Real Sociedad 2.00, the draw 3.35, Celta Vigo 3.80

After defeat to Barcelona, Real Sociedad's season properly gets underway at Anoeta, where they'll be confident of securing all three points against Celta Vigo. Camp Nou was always going to be a difficult place to go and the 5-1 score line emphasised that, but there were some positives in that display. With their various attacking options, la Real will always threaten; Carlos Vela might be worth a look at 2.90 to score anytime. Celta Vigo, meanwhile, were handed a hammer blow on their return to La Liga with a home defeat to Málaga. The Galician side were toothless in attack, so I fancy a home win here.

Espanyol 1. 70, the draw 3.60, Real Zaragoza 5.10

Espanyol had an unenviable task on opening weekend; they not only had to travel to the island of Mallorca, but also kicked off at 23:00. It was no surprise that they lost to an energetic Mallorca side, so home advantage here will be most welcome. Little work has been done in the transfer market, however, so options are few for coach Mauricio Pellegrino. Real Zaragoza also suffered defeat, and have a host of new faces who will take time to blend. Back under 2.5 goals at 1.72.

Real Betis 1. 72, the draw 3.55, Rayo Vallecano 5.00

Real Betis were the stars of the opening weeked, thrashing Athletic Bilbao 3-5 at San Mamés. Last season they took maximum points from their opening four games so will look to repeat that feat. Striker Rubén Castro will be missing for several weeks but Betis bought well over the summer and have several options to replace last season's top scorer. Jorge Molina at (2.80 to score anytime) could be the man to step up. Rayo Vallecano also grabbed three points, as an injury-time Roberto Trashorras free-kick gave them a 1-0 win. Rayo's high octane pressing game will likely be key as they look to deprive Betis of the dominance they so enjoy at home. A home win here.

Málaga 1.90, the draw 3.25, Real Mallorca 4.35

It's a testing time for Málaga, despite the season being in its infancy. An away win on the opening weekend was most welcome, before another came on Wednesday against Olympiakos in a Champions League qualifier. Just three days after this game, though, they're playing the second leg in Greece, meaning Manuel Pellegrini will look to keep his star players fresh. It's no so easy given the small squad. Mallorca's opening win showcased all the fight and energy of a Joaquín Caparrós side, while Tamer Hemed can grab important goals. Back the draw.

Granada 2.80, the draw 3.35, Sevilla 2.45

Granada's late loss to Rayo Vallecano was a bitter pill to swallow, but they'll look to bounce back in front of their home fans. Sevilla produced an excellent first half performance to beat Getafe last weekend, and Jesús Navas and Álvaro Negredo will be the key men as usual. Over 2.5 goals scored at 2.05 is very appealing.

Valencia 1.45, the draw 4.15, Deportivo La Coruña 7.50

Valencia produced a determined defensive display to get a point against Real Madrid at Bernabéu but this weekend will look to offer up some attacking football for their home support. Aly Cissokho arrived this week from Lyon and he'll provide an attacking threat on the left side. Roberto Soldado is the main threat, though, and is at 4.00 to score first. Deportivo La Coruña's return to the top flight after a year away was a happy one, as they secured three points at Riazor last weekend. Here, though, they'll probably be happy with a point; expect them to sit in deep and look to come alive on the counter attack. A narrow home win here.

Real Valladolid 2.15, the draw 3.25, Levante 3.30

Respect must go to Real Valladolid; not only did they take three points in their first game after promotion, but they played in the manner that served them so well in the second tier. The attractive possession football favoued by highly-rated coach Miroslav Djukic should also be in evidence at home. Levante had a trip to Scotland midweek in the Europa League and face a second leg next week, so expect a few changes here and possibly some tired limbs. A home win here as Levante struggle to deal with European football life.

Atlético Madrid 1.62, the draw 3.80, Athletic Bilbao 5.50

A dull 1-1 draw with Levante was lit up by some Arda Turan magic on the opening weekend, and fans at the Vicente Calderón will want more of that in the first home game of the season. Often the magic is provided by Radamel Falcao, and 'El Tigre' is at 3.70 to open the scoring. Athletic were crushed at home by Real Betis, and while a win over HJK midweek restored confidence, a gloom still exists around the club. The draw looks best value at 3.80.