Get ready for a Spanish weekend, which is set to showcase Villarreal v Atletico Madrid and other encounters.
Round 6 will kick off with the Valencia vs Granada match tonight, while the rest of the action will take place over the following two days. Barcelona will host Las Palmas, a side that have been promoted from Liga Adelante last year. The showpiece of the round will be the Villarreal v Atletico Madrid game, which should be among the preferred choices for mobile betting punters.
• Villarreal faces a test against Atletico Madrid
• LFP president says that Barca is an important part of the league
• Athletic Bilbao have to improve soon after a bad start to the season
La Liga has recently been embroiled in a hot debate concerning Catalonia’s potential independence, and what it would mean for Spanish football. It has been suggested by the head of LFP (Liga de Futbol Profesional) that Barcelona and Espanyol would be omitted from participating in La Liga, if the autonomous community becomes an independent state. Political matters aside, it would be a great loss in terms of football.
Villarreal v Atletico Madrid will be the most watched game
Villarreal have made an early impression this season, currently occupying 3rd place on the table. Their opening game against Betis resulted in a 1-1 draw, however since then they have amassed 4 wins in a row. Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid match is next on the agenda this Saturday, however despite boasting a great record so far, Bet365 Sportsbook doesn’t rank as favorites. The Yellow Submarine has odds of 2.90 (19/10), while the visiting team has been dealt 2.60 (8/5).
What will work in Villarreal’s favour is that fact that they will play in front of the home support. Atletico Madrid are in 4th spot on the table, having won four encounters and lost one against Barcelona at home. Diego Simeone has let go of some influential players, namely Arda Turan and Mario Mandzukic, but hopefully they will be able to cope without the likes of them against Villarreal. A tie 3.10 (21/10) for the encounter is also a real possibility, considering the sides involved.
Another interesting game will take place between Eibar v Celta Vigo. Eibar find themselves in 8th position with 8 points, having recorded 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. Internet betting sites favour the visiting side 2.05 (12/11), due to their impressive performances in recent games. A draw for the match has been set at 3.40 (12/5), while a win for Eibar is 3.75 (11/4) – an event that is doesn’t seem very likely.
During the midweek league games, Celta have managed to beat Barcelona a cool 4:1. This was a shock in football and also gambling news, as the odds were heavily in Barcelona’s favour. Former Barcelona player Nolito found himself on the scorers’ sheet, while Aspas bagged two. Neymar managed to score a consolation goal for Barcelona, however Guidetti found the back of the net for the fourth goal in the 83rd minute.
Barcelona play Las Palmas and Real Sociedad go head to head with Athletic Bilbao
The current defending champions Barcelona have an easy task ahead of them against Canary side Las Palmas. Their odds for a win are only 1.08 (1/11) at Bet365 , however punters don’t normally consider such bets, unless they are solely considering of playing a large wager on a single event. The president of the LFP, Javier Tebas, recently made comments on his Twitter account that La Liga would split should Catalonia gained independence. Since then, he has made follow up statements indicating his disbelief to the proposal of a Spanish Championship without the presence of Barcelona.
He said, “I stated my position months ago. We haven’t spoken about the subject of independence, it is a sensitive matter and we will not touch upon it today during the Assembly. I don’t value a league without Barca. I don’t think it will happen because Catalonia will continue to be part of Spain. The Catalan clubs would not be able to play in La Liga per the Sports Law.”
On Sunday, Athletic Bilbao will face Real Sociedad away from home in a Basque derby. Bilbao managed to usurp Barcelona in the Supercopa de Espana, however in the league they made a horrendous start to the campaign. Out of five games played, they amassed 4 losses and only 1 win. Even still, online sportsbooks in Spain gave them odds of 2.90 (19/10), which is not far behind the hosts 2.50 (3/2).
Real Sociedad are 11th on the table with 5 points, however a tie for the match seems to be the most probable outcome 3.20 (11/5). A win for Athletic Bilbao doesn’t seem to be on the cards, as they still have some adjustments to make before they can go on to a successful run.