Spain La Liga Week 16 Fixtures Featuring Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao

  • Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

    By  Ej Garr

    Atl-Madrid-vs-Ath-Bilbao odds

    Soccer Betting: We get our final weekend of the 2014 side of the campaign started onFriday, December 19. Our featured match of the weekend comeson Sunday, with Atletico Madrid headed to San Mamés to take on Athletic Bilbao.

    It is only one of two matches taking place where each club is in the top 10 of the table. It will also be the final match of the round, taking place at3 PMEastern time, leading us to the holiday. All Spanish clubs will have a two-week layoff, so we will be back in action onJanuary 3.

    Let's break down this weekend's round of matches and see what action we can find so we can have more money to spend on our family this holiday.

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    Friday, December 19- 1 Match

    Almeria vs Celta De Vigo

    3-Way: 1: Almeria +550 Away ; X: +335 Draw ; 2: Vigo -190 Home

    Spread: Almeria +1 -105 ; Vigo -1 -115

    Total 2.5: Over -125 ; Under -105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Two struggling clubs kickoff the weekend and, most likely, they are both happy to see this front portion of the campaign coming to a close. Vigo has lost 4 straight matches, and has not scored a single goal over that stretch.

    Almeria has not seen a victory in the win column since the last match of September, and has matched Elche at the bottom of the table with 9 losses on the year. At least Almeria is scoring goals on occasion, so we will turn to the +1 with the Rojiblancos and continue to hope that Vigo struggles.

    Saturday, December 20- 4 Matches

    Espanyol vs Vallecano

    3-Way: 1: Espanyol +225 Away ; X: +245 Draw ; 2: Vallecano +125 Home

    Spread: Espanyol Pk +125 ; Vallecano Pk -145

    Total 2.5: Over -105 ; Under -115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Both clubs sit with 17 points smack in the middle of the table, and it is the defensive issues that are holding them each back from finding any consistency on the campaign.

    There is not a lot to analyze here, with both clubs knowing they need these 3 valuable points to better position themselves for the return to the pitch in January, so a 1 - 1 result does nothing. Someone will find the third goal we need to cash and Over 2.5 ticket, so we will expect a 2 - 1 type match and lay the -105 on some scoring to happen here.

    Valencia vs Eibar

    3-Way: 1: Valencia +105 Away ; X: +230 Draw ; 2: Eibar +300 Home

    Spread: Valencia -0.5 +105 ; Eibar +0.5 -125

    Total 2.5: Over +135 ; Under -155

    Analysis and Prediction:

    This is the other match taking place that has two clubs in the top 10, as Valencia has let GK Diego Alves come into his own, helping the Els Taronges become one of the best defensive clubs in La Liga. With only 13 goals allowed on the campaign, only Barcelona has done better keeping the ball out of the net.

    We just do not see Eibar getting a result of any nature, even at home where they are doing reasonably well. The line setters are telling us who the better squad is with the +105 on the away side, and it is worth a play to expect Valencia to rely on their defense once again and take all three points to stay in the top 5 of the table.

    Cordoba vs Barcelona

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    3-Way: 1: Cordoba +2200 Away ; X: +1550 Draw ; 2: Barcelona -1450 Home

    Spread: Cordoba +3 +115 ; Barcelona -3 -135

    Total 4: Over -115 ; Under -105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    If anyone follows American football like you do European football, then you might find the word ‘touchdown’ familiar. In America, a touchdown gives a team 6 points and either an extra point or two-point conversion added.

    Barcelona is going to score a touchdown today, so let's give them 6 points, or goals in this case, and watch the beat down commence.

    Over 4 at -115 it is, because this will not be another slow, painstaking process that Barcelona sometimes gives us. They need these 3 easy points, and they certainly should get 3 before the half, and add to it along the way so we can cash our tickets.

    Real Sociedad vs Levante

    3-Way: 1: Sociedad +140 Away ; X: +225 Draw ; 2: Levante +215 Home

    Spread: Sociedad Pk -145 ; Levante Pk +125

    Total 2.5: Over ;+135 Under -155

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Another meeting of two clubs tied on points, looking to turn things around as soon as possible. There is such a mess where they sit, with only 4 points separating them from the bottom of the table, and 6 points from the 8 spot, so someone in this group needs to start making a push.

    However, Levante's defense is why they will not be that club making the run that lifts them up the table, with 29 GA in only 15 matches. We see Sociedad slightly favored here, and when you are not even remotely worth a play at home, as Levante is being listed at +215, the line setters are telling us all we need to know.

    I would much rather have the luxury of the Pk Draw no Bet play here, but -145 is just a little out of range to play it. Try to wait out the Pk and -0.5 line at about even money on Sociedad to reduce that juice.

    Sunday, December 21- 4 Matches

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    Featured Match Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao

    3-Way 1x2 Lines:

    Madrid +115

    Bilbao +275

    Draw +225


    Madrid -0.5 +115

    Bilbao +0.5 -135

    Total 2:

    Over -120

    Under +100

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Atletico Madrid has done everything it can lately to emphasize that defense will get them anywhere they need to be.

    They are coming off a disappointing 1 - 0 loss to Villarreal at home, and now need to regroup and get back on track to not let Barcelona and Real Madrid get too far away from them.

    We have covered plenty of the Athletic Bilbao scoring issues, but at least they have turned things around lately to find themselves in the top 10 with plenty of football left to get back in to European spots for next year. They will still be competing in Europa League when they pick up again in February. The line of 2 on the total seems a bit peculiar, as we can't expect Bilbao to contain Madrid for 90 minutes, so we will suggest both the +115 on Atl Madrid 3-Way and the Over 2 at -120 as well.

    La Coruna vs Villarreal

    3-Way: 1: La Coruna +900 Away ; X: +425 Draw ; 2: Villarreal -300 Home

    Spread: La Coruna +1.5 -105 ; Villarreal -1.5 -115

    Total 2.5: Over -135 ; Under +115

    Analysis and Prediction:

    This is going to be a 1 - 0 match, and it could potentially be a scoreless draw at halftime. Some players out there like 1st Half bets, and they have been given out plenty among the 4 leagues we cover here at BetDSI.

    The Under 1 in the 1st Half is +115 or thereabouts, depending on when you play it, but this Under 2.5 is also +115, so we do not need 2 bets on the same type of action. Play the Under 2.5 Full time, and expect not too much scoring here.

    Malaga vs Elche

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    3-Way: 1: Malaga +145 Away ; X: +220 Draw ; 2: Elche +210 Home

    Spread: Malaga Pk -135 ; Elche Pk +115

    Total 2: Over -120 ; Under +100

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Malaga 3 - Elche 1 ... play it accordingly, because Elche is finished and headed to 2nd tier next campaign. This Over 2 is more than reasonable at -120, and if you feel you need a safety net of sorts, play Malaga and the Draw no Bet at -135.

    Getafe vs Granada

    3-Way: 1: Getafe +235 Away ; X: +215 Draw ; 2: Granada +135 Home

    Spread: Getafe Pk +135 ; Granada Pk -155

    Total 2: Over -115 ; Under -105

    Analysis and Prediction:

    Granada is going to be a little light on defense this weekend, with cards costing them their left back Juan Carlos, who has struggled finding a home the last few years. Who can forget last year's 3 - 3 match on the back half of the campaign, and for some reason I see a bit of a repeat performance of that. Then the line setters offered a straight 2 on the total, and it definitely made us think about where the best spot for action would be here. This can easily be a 1 - 1, 2 - 1 type match, so with only $15 to pay for the Over 2 at -115, let's just do it and make the most of it.

    For those wondering, the Sevilla / Real Madrid match for round 16 has been rescheduled forFebruary 4, 2015.

    All of us at Diamond Sportsbook would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. Feliz navidad and Feliz año nuevo to all of our readers.

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