La Liga Betting: Atletico and Osasuna can't stop drawing
Considering that Atletico Madrid and Osasuna have drawn more games than any other La Liga club this season, Dan Fitch can't understand why the price on a stalemate is so high, as he previews the weekend action from Spain.
Seventh straight win for Barca
Real Sociedad5.30 v Barcelona 1.72; The Draw 4.20 Saturday 14 December, 15:00 Live on Betfair Live Video
Barcelona have the chance to put the pressure on their rivals Real Madrid, by taking advantage of their earlier kick off time when they travel to Real Sociedad.
The La Liga leaders are only ahead of Madrid on goal difference. Having won each of their last six matches, they should be confident of claiming another victory. In midweek they beat Inter 2-1 at the San Siro. Having also beaten Atletico Madrid on the road in recent weeks, it looks as if Barca have put their away day woes behind them, for now at least.
Real Sociedad were competing at the top of the table with Barcelona and Real Madrid just a few weeks ago, but after winning only won one of their last four games (D2 L1), they have slipped down the league. Last weekend they drew 0-0 away at Real Valladolid and are now fourth.
That was the first time that Real Sociedad have failed to score after finding the net in 12 consecutive matches. With Barcelona conceding three goals in their last two games, back an away win and both teams to score at 3.00.
Big price for draw specialists to finish level
Atletico Madrid1.44 v Osasuna 11.50; The Draw 4.30 Saturday 14 December, 20:00 Live on Premier Sports 2
Atletico go back to winning ways in midweek with a Champions League victory against Lokomotiv Moscow and will hope to build on that result when they face Osasuna on Saturday.
Diego Simeone's side had failed to win in their four games prior to beating Lokomotiv (D2 L2) and didn't score a goal in any of the last three in that sequence. With the team not quite as defensively watertight as they once were, a lack of goals is a bigger problem than it might have proved in recent years.
Atletico have drawn eight of their La Liga games this season and the only side to have had so many stalemates are their opponents Osasuna. As a promoted side, Osasuna have far more reason to be happy with drawing matches. Sitting comfortably in tenth position, they caused a minor surprise last weekend by holding Sevilla to a 1-1 draw.
When you have the two teams with the most draws in the league facing each other, it's a surprise to see the odds on another draw being as high as 4.20. Four of Osasuna's six away games this season have ended as draws.
Valencia3.90 v Real Madrid 1.98; The Draw 3.95
Sunday 15 Sunday, 20:00
Live on Premier Sports 1
Valencia come into this match on a high after winning at Ajax on Wednesday to go through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The sacking of Marcelino was unpopular with Valencia fans earlier this season, but it's hard to argue that his replacement Albert Celades hasn't done a decent job (whether Marcelino could have done the same thing, is another matter). Though eighth in the table they are only a point away from a place in the top four and it's the first time that the club have made it through the group stages of the Champions League since 2013.
Real Madrid had the luxury of already having qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League, before their midweek match with Club Brugge, which they won 3-1 with a much rotated side. Unbeaten in ten games (W8 D2), Madrid should be relative fresh for this one.
With Valencia having scored in each of their last 13 matches, there looks likely to be goals in what should be a competitive match. Over 3.5 goals is 2.50 and has landed in five of Real Madrid's last seven games.