Soccer Odds - Spain La Liga Week 24 Fixtures Featuring Malaga vs Barcelona

  • Thursday, February 19th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr


    Soccer Betting: La Liga kicks off four days of football to get Round 24 wrapped up, and it’s a lopsided schedule for the most part. We know this because the best match of the weekend we could find as a featured match is a tilted fixture with Barcelona hosting Malaga.

    They get startedon Friday with Espanyol trying to get in the European conversation as they take on Getafe.Our featured match comeson Saturdayamongst the 4 fixtures on the day, and we roll in toSundayfor another 4 matches.

    We would rather avoid theMondaymatch, but they set it on the calendar and, unfortunately someone has to watch it. Let's get into this weekend, and try to decipher what action there is to be had on the pitch in La Liga.

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    Friday, February 20- 1 Match

    Espanyol vs Getafe

    3-Way: 1: Espanyol +205 Away ; X: +225 Draw ; 2: Getafe +145 Home

    Spread: Espanyol Pk +120 ; Getafe Pk -140

    Total 2: Over -120 ; Under +100

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Espanyol comes off a great performance against Malaga over the weekend, with a 2 - 0 win that saw the Parakeets trying to climb back into the race for European contention. Meanwhile, Getafe has been held scoreless in three of their last 4 matches, dating back to the Copa Del fixture at the end of January.

    Espanyol took the first meeting of the season back in September, and we expect the same result to come out of the Coliseum, with Getafe continuing to struggle getting results and Espanyol creeping their way closer to the European discussion. Hopefully, Espanyol can find their first consecutive away win of the year, but we are still using the safety net of the Pk Draw no Bet on Espanyol at +120. So, if they only manage a point from the draw, we live to bet another day and get our money back.

    Saturday, February 21- 4 Matches

    Featured Match Malaga vs Barcelona

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Malaga +1850

    Barcelona -880

    Draw +1000


    Malaga +2.5 -115

    Barcelona -2.5 -105

    Total 3.5:

    Over -125

    Under +105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Well, with the schedule as lopsided as it is this weekend, it’s amazing that this match found its way to the feature portion of Round 24. This is the only match with two clubs at least near the top of the table, although naturally Barcelona is strongly favored at Camp Nou.

    Recalling the 0 - 0 meeting between these two in September, we see something here we think may factor in - Malaga has not lost 3 straight matches this campaign. They face a 2-match losing streak coming in, and really did not look too in sync this past weekend with the 2 - 0 loss to Espanyol, but we are actually going to go on a bit of a limb here.

    No, we did not overlook the 21W - 6D - 2L in the all-time series between these two dating back to 1999, but we are going to, somehow, with a minor miracle being asked of them, to take the +2.5 at -115. Barcelona has much bigger fish to fry on the 24th when they head to England to take on Manchester City on Champions League. Hopefully we can catch them looking ahead, and overlooking Malaga. Play it small of course, as we do not even remotely suggest that someone put any type of large bet on it, because we all know what Barcelona is capable of in the grand scheme of things.

    Valencia vs Cordoba

    3-Way: 1: Valencia -110 Away ; X: +250 Draw ; 2: Cordoba +330 Home

    Spread: Valencia -0.5 -110 ; Cordoba +0.5 -110

    Total 2.5: Over +125 ; Under -145

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Can you imagine the line on this match if they were playing this at Mestalla? So the line setters think that because this match is at Nuevo Arcángel it gives Cordoba some kind of chance to get a result? They have only one win at home, so they are going to have to be more convincing if they expect us to put our hard-earned money on the home side here. To this point, we are not convinced, so we suggest this 3-Way on Valencia at a more than reasonable -110 line.

    Almeria vs Atletico Madrid

    3-Way: 1: Almeria +1275 Away ; X: +535 Draw ; 2: Atl Madrid -430 Home

    Spread: Almeria +1.5 +120 ; Atl Madrid -1.5 -140

    Total 2.5: Over -145 ; Under +125

    Analysis and Prediction:

    When you break down how they got there, it is so strange seeing Almeria at the bottom of the table. It has nothing to do with playing poorly on the road, because they have been outstanding away from home. It is when they play in Almeria that the issues come. Unfortunately for them, they are facing Atletico, who has the best home record in La Liga.

    However, Celta Vigo brought the house last weekend against Atletico, and ended up with all 3 points in a 2 - 0 win, so you damn well know that Atletico will be looking to make up for that, and get that out of their minds as quickly as they can.

    No one has had much success stopping Atletico from scoring at home, and we really don't expect it to happen today, so take that Over 2.5, and move it to the handicap of 2.5 and 3 to get closer to even money for your trouble.

    Celta De Vigo vs Dep La Coruna

    3-Way: 1: Vigo +130 Away ; X: +220 Draw ; 2: Deportivo +240 Home

    Spread: Vigo Pk -150 ; Deportivo Pk +130

    Total 2: Over -130 ; Under +110

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Celta has done a great job recently getting results, with 7 points from their last 3 matches, and come off a huge win vs Atletico, a club in the top 3 of the table.

    It is tough to know the mindset of Deportivo, after watching Real Madrid basically just go through the motions last weekend to beat them. We rarely recommend plays when the juice gets past -125 around here, but this total of 2 sitting there at -130 really makes some sense. Celta should have success here, and we expect a fight from Deportivo as well, and we have to drink the juice once in a while. Today will be that day.

    Sunday, February 22- 4 Matches

    Sevilla vs Real Sociedad

    3-Way: 1: Sevilla +150 Away ; X: +240 Draw ; 2: Sociedad +190 Home

    Spread: Sevilla Pk -125 ; Sociedad Pk +105

    Total 2.5: Over +115 ; Under -135

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    We cannot remember how many times we have offered the Over with matches involving Sevilla, but it is surely common in our previews. Real Sociedad is a decent defensive club for sure, but they should be able to take advantage of some home cookin', and give Sevilla a match.

    Back to the well we go, and suggest yet another Over with Sevilla, and a lovely +115 on the 2.5 to get toppled again.

    Rayo Vallecano vs Athletic Bilbao

    3-Way: 1: Vallecano +330 Away ; X: +265 Draw ; 2: Bilbao -115 Home

    Spread: Vallecano +0.5 -105 ; Bilbao -0.5 -115

    Total 2.5: Over -105 ; Under -115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    These two have both had tremendous issues finding the net this year, but when they play each other, it is all we see. Of the 19 times they have met since 1999, 16 of those meetings have seen either both teams score, or the Over come in. We know these two defenses are not exactly efficient, so we have to rely on some history to repeat itself, and hope they both find ways to score. The Over 2.5 goes on the board here at -105.

    Eibar vs Villarreal

    3-Way: 1: Eibar +710 Away ; X: +375 Draw ; 2: Villarreal -240 Home

    Spread: Eibar +1.5 -145 ; Villarreal -1.5 +125

    Total 2.5: Over -110 ; Under -110

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Eibar is simply not the same club they were in the first half of the year, and we have mentioned this, it seems, time and time again. They are headed down the table, and are about to find themselves on a 6-match winless streak. We are not giving Eibar a chance to win this match, and we know Villarreal is 12 - 1 - 1 in their last 14 home games in all competitions. It will be 13 - 1 - 1 when this is said and done, and Eibar will continue their spiral to the bottom of the table, letting more points go by the wayside.

    We are suggesting a movement to the handicap -1 and 1.5 at about -110 or so, depending on the time you get the action.

    Real Madrid vs Elche

    3-Way: 1: Madrid -480 Away ; X: +615 Draw ; 2: Elche +1250 Home

    Spread: Madrid -2 -105 ; Elche +2 -115

    Total 3.5: Over +115 ; Under -135

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    Analysis and Prediction:

    Real did all they had to do in the Champions League matchon Wednesdayin Germany, and Ronaldo got back on the score sheet with their first goal in a 2 - 0 win.

    We are not even remotely expecting Elche to put up a fight here, and there is no reason to expect that they would. Beating Eibar and Vallecano is certainly not going to lead us to thinking they have it all figured out and will now make some kind of run out of the bottom portion of the table.

    Real 3 ... Elche 0 ... which puts us on the -2 for Madrid, and even if Elche finds the net, 3 - 1 won't hurt us at all.

    Monday, February 23- 1 Match

    Granada vs Levante

    3-Way: 1: Granada +250 Away ; X: +220 Draw ; 2: Levante +125 Home

    Spread: Granada +0.5 -145 ; Levante -0.5 +125

    Total 2: Over -110 ; Under -110

    Analysis and Prediction:

    We see it again on Monday -- a match between two clubs that no one has any interest in. Unless you're a fan of one of these two, you might opt to skip watching this one. This is a relegation battle and both clubs desperately need some kind of results from here on out to stay in top flight.

    We are taking the Over 2 at -110, and honestly are expecting a 1 - 1 type of match, so maybe a minimum bet is the best way to go. Hopefully, someone finds us a 3rd goal to cash the ticket outright.

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