La Liga Betting: Barcelona should break their Anoeta duck

Can Barcelona win a league game at Real Sociedad for the first time in eight years?
Can Barcelona win a league game at Real Sociedad for the first time in eight years?
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Jack Lang previews the weekend's Spanish games, all of which are available on Betfair Live Video...

"Real Sociedad are unbeaten in their last seven home games against Barça, but the Basques are frustratingly unpredictable and will struggle to contain the league leaders"

Getafe v Málaga
Friday, 20:00
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A short but sweet one to start us off on Friday night: Getafe have won five of their last seven home games, only dropping points against Real Madrid and in-form Eibar, while Málaga have lost all but one away match and look desperately low on confidence. It may not be a thriller, but [1.85] is a fair price for the home win.

Recommended Bet
Back Getafe at [1.85]


Real Madrid v Villarreal
Saturday, 15:15
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Distraction tactics are no rarity in football these days, and you have to wonder whether the emergence, this week, of rumours of a swoop for Neymar were specifically designed to take some of the spotlight off Real Madrid's on-pitch troubles. All fans love a tall transfer tale, especially in January and especially when their team is looking so impotent.

Midweek brought more ups and downs for the Madrid faithful: Los Merengues were never in any danger of being knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Numancia, but they still managed to ship two goals to the minnows at the Bernabéu, drawing 2-2. They have now failed to beat Valencia, Levante, Betis, Tottenham, Fuenlabrada, Barcelona and Numancia on their own patch this term - a habit that is in danger of becoming a complex.

Zinedine Zidane's men are [1.28] to beat Villarreal, which looks perilously short. The Yellow Submarine have been ticking along nicely under Javi Calleja and sit sixth, just three points behind their hosts on Saturday (although Madrid do have a game in hand). The sale of Cédric Bakambu to China has reduced their attacking threat but the defence has tightened up and we can expect more of the gritty commitment they displayed in the last-gasp cup success over Leganés on Wednesday night.

Víctor Ruíz (suspended) will be missed by the visitors, but they have only lost two of their last eight games on their travels and should make life difficult for struggling Madrid.

Recommended Bet
Back Villarreal +2.0 at [1.87]
Back under 2.5 goals at [3.85]


Deportivo La Coruña v Valencia
Saturday, 19:45
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Valencia's title hopes may have expired in the weeks leading up to Christmas - Marcelino's charges looked dead on their feet in losses to Getafe, Eibar and Villarreal - but the winter break seems to have done them the world of good. They showed impressive reserves of determination to come from behind against Girona a week ago and then got back on the goal trail on Tuesday night, scoring four against Las Palmas in the cup.

In truth, Valencia might have had double figures in that one, such was their dominance, and it was lovely to see Luciano Vietto back to his best after a frustrating spell at Atlético Madrid. The Argentine netted a hat-trick and can probably expect to keep his place along Simone Zaza this weekend.

Deportivo picked up a decent point at Villarreal last time out but continue to languish just above the relegation zone and have a miserable record against Los Che: the Galicians have won just one of the last 20 league meetings between these sides. Valencia have also won six of their last 11 visits to the Riazor and should do so again, despite the minor inconvenience of suspensions for Geoffrey Kondogbia and Andreas Pereira.

Recommended Bet
Back Valencia at [2.4]


Real Sociedad v Barcelona
Sunday, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Football and Betfair Live Video

Jordi Alba to Lionel Messi: goal. Lionel Messi to Jordi Alba, back to Lionel Messi: goal. Lionel Messi to Jordi Alba: goal. It's a repetitive pattern, but by golly it works, as Celta Vigo discovered on Thursday night. At kick-off, Los Celestes thought they were in a cup tie, but 30 minutes and three left-wing raids later, they were out for the count.

Real Sociedad are the next team charged with trying to stop the juggernaut, and it must be said that they have had more joy than most against the Catalonians in recent times: La Real are unbeaten in their last seven home games against Barça (W5 D2). Throw in coach Eusebio Sacristán's familiarity with Ernesto Valverde (the two used to be team-mates at the Camp Nou) and you have the start of a decent argument to oppose the league leaders.

Except, of course, the Blaugrana are rampant. And while the Basques are capable of mixing it with the best on their day, they are also frustratingly unpredictable, even at Anoeta: they were excellent against Sevilla before Christmas but that came on the back of dropped points against lowly Las Palmas and Málaga.

La Real's home games have been action-packed affairs - 78% have gone over 2.5 goals - but in a tough market it's worth taking a chance on Barcelona doing what they have already done 12 times this season (and four times on the spin) and winning to nil. Given their opponents have failed to score in three of their last four league games, the odds are attractive enough.

Recommended Bet
Back Barcelona to win to nil at 2/1 (Sportsbook)

Jack Lang's La Liga P/L, 2017/18

Staked: 66pts
Returned: 68.64pts
P/L: +2.64pts

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