Real Madrid are off at the Club World Cup, so Tobias Gourlay shines a spotlight on Valencia, who look set for another see-saw away day
"Valencia have kept just a single clean sheet away from home"
Levante v Real Sociedad
Saturday 17:00 (Live on Sky Sports 5)
Levante 3.1511/5 Sociedad 2.568/5 draw 3.39/4
These two have identical W3-D5-L7 records and both of them have already changed coach this season.
Lucas Alcaraz has helped Levante take seven points from his first three home games in charge.
David Moyes is W1-D2-L1 as boss of Sociedad, but has seen his troops fail to score in either of his first two away games, which ended with a 0-4 defeat at Villarreal and a goalless draw with Deportivo La Coruna.
Our stake will be small because the two men are still new to their jobs but, with Sociedad winning only 1/13 on the road (and that against last season's bottom club Real Betis), we're with the home side.
0.5pts - Back Levante 0 & +0.5 on the Asian Handicap @ 1.855/6
Eibar v Valencia
Saturday 19:00 (Live on Sky Sports 5)
Eibar 3.953/1 Valencia 2.1411/10 draw 3.45
Valencia have kept just a single clean sheet away from home, putting together an even W2-D3-L2 record. That's despite a relatively easy series of fixtures that included trips to five teams now 13th and below in the table.
Eibar are running ninth. The Basques have been a bit short of clean sheets themselves, not shutting out anyone at Ipurua since the opening day. At the other end, however, only Real Madrid of their last five visitors have stopped the hosts from hitting the back of the net themselves. And only Real have beaten them (W1-D3-L1).
Their schedule too has been on the gentle side of average: Valencia are only their third visitors from the top half. But we still want the hosts on side.
0.5pts - Back Eibar 0 & +0.5 on the Asian Handicap @ 2.26/5
0.5pts - Back 'Yes' in Both Teams to Score? @ 2.1411/10
Elche v Malaga
Sunday 18:00 (Live on Sky Sports 5)
Elche 3.185/40 Malaga 2.6613/8 draw 3.259/4
Bottom-of-the-table Elche have La Liga's worst defence, conceding at a rate of exactly two goals a game through the season's first 15 rounds.
At the Manuel Martinez Valero they are W1-D2-L4, having lost 4/4 hosting teams now in the top half.
Malaga have climbed to seventh after winning six of their last nine games, including 3/4 on the road, where they have beaten the sides now running 14th, 16th and 18th.
Back Malaga @ 2.6613/8
Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid
Sunday 20:00 (Live on Sky Sports 5)
Athletic 3.65 Atletico 2.35/4 draw 3.259/4
These two haven't shared the points in any of their 10 league meetings over the last five seasons.
Both teams have scored in only 3/10, which tallies nicely with the fact that this season both teams have scored in only two of Athletic Bilbao's seven home matches.
Over a longer period Diego Simeone has watched both teams score in only 21/57 Atletico away games. This season Atletico have not scored many goals on the road. Since hitting two in beating city rivals Real at the Bernabeu, they've scored only another six in five games.
Back 'No' in Both Teams to Score? @ 1.84/5
2014/15 La Liga P/L
2013/14 P/L: +18.77pts (11.55% ROI)