Griezmann steps up for Barcelona
Osasuna 11.010/1 v Barcelona 1.392/5; The Draw 5.14/1
Saturday 31 August, 16:00
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Most ordinary clubs might struggle without players of the quality of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, but as we all know, Barcelona are far from an ordinary club.
Messi and Suarez were missing against Real Betis last week, yet that proved not to matter, For Barcelona have not just two superstar forwards within their ranks, but three. Antoine Griezmann scored twice and inspired Barca to a 5-2 win.
With Neymar looking likely to return to the Nou Camp, the club could soon have four to choose from, which in football terms is the very definition of a first world problem. For now it is Griezmann that needs to deliver and on the evidence of last week he will relish the responsibility.
Osasuna have made a good start to the season (P2 W1 D1) and have yet to concede. That record of clean sheets will surely come to an end against Barcelona, with Griezmann looking good value to add to his tally at 1.910/11.
New look Atletico produce same old results
Atletico Madrid 1.4740/85 v Eibar 10.519/2; The Draw 4.216/5
Sunday 1 September, 18:00
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While both Barcelona and Real Madrid have already dropped points, Atletico Madrid have won their two games.
Atletico are currently second in La Liga, with only Sevilla ahead of them on goal difference. Though this is very much a new look and more adventurous Atletico side, so far the results have been very familiar to what we have come to expect under Diego Simeone, with both Getafe and Leganes defeated 1-0.
With Griezmann gone, it could take time for Atletico to find a cutting edge. It's important then that their defence remains as stubborn as it's always been in the Simeone era.
The signs suggest that Atletico's run of clean sheets should continue against a Eibar team that have only scored one goal this season. You can back the home team to win to nil at 2.111/10.
Madrid a big price against struggling opponents
Villarreal 3.9 v Real Madrid 1.9420/21; The Draw 4.216/5
Sunday 1 September; 20:00
Real Madrid threw away a chance of taking maximum points from their first two games, when they conceded a late equaliser at home to Real Valladolid last week.
Despite dominating the game, it took Madrid until the 82nd minute to break the deadlock through Karim Benzema. Having taken so long to take the lead, Real could only keep it for six minutes and Valladolid came close to scoring a winner with a late effort that was saved by Thibaut Courtois.
Zinedine Zidane once again went with a starting lineup that contained none of the club's summer signings. Gareth Bale has been a surprise starter in both games and has impressed, while James Rodriguez was also brought back into the side for the match with Valladolid. Eden Hazard is still trying to get himself fit and doesn't seem likely to feature against Villarreal.
Though Real Madrid are an unreliable prospect these days, it's a surprise to see them at the big price of 1.9420/21 to win against a Villarreal side that haven't started the season well. The Yellow Submarine drew 4-4 with promoted Granada in their opening match and then lost 2-1 to Levante last week.