We’re marking the start of Spain’s domestic season with an 8/1-plus treble from Sunday’s fixtures in the first of our weekly La Liga predictions.
Widely regarded as one of the most entertaining competitions in Europe, this division should provide us with plenty of betting opportunities over the next nine months.
Sevilla to win at Rayo Vallecano @ 21/20
Los Rojiblancos slipped from fourth in 2016-17 to seventh last season but the distraction of Champions League football may have played a significant part in that decline. Sevilla went deep into that competition, drawing twice with Liverpool during the group stage before knocking out Manchester United in the last 32. Although still involved in the Europa League, that will not take priority over domestic action and new boss Pablo Machin has made some astute buys to replace Clement Lenglet and Steven Nzonzi.
Eibar to beat Huesca @ 31/50
Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side did well to finish ninth in the table last term, closing with wins over Girona and Las Palmas and a 2-2 draw at Atletico Madrid. Midfielder Sergio Alvarez looks a useful acquisition from Sporting Gijon and loan signing Marc Cardona caught the eye up front for the Barcelona B team. Huesca are up into Spain’s top flight for the first time after being runners-up in the Segunda Division and are worth opposing in our La Liga predictions until settling in.
Real Madrid to beat Getafe and BTTS @ 9/5
The Whites have won the last nine head-to-head meetings between these sides, but Getafe have at least hit the target in their five most recent encounters, so this seems a percentage pick. Julen Lopetegui’s side were beaten 4-2 in extra-time by neighbours Atletico in the Uefa Super Cup and clearly still have some defensive issues left over from last term, but they showed enough going forward in Estonia to suggest they will still be a force to be reckoned with.
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