Football / Preview / La Liga Football 20 03 2010

La Liga Football

Subscribe here for Game Notes of the five televised La Liga matches this weekend as Real Madrid look to move clear at the top for 24 hours at least.

Real Madrid's Iker Casillas



Deportivo v Valladolid (Sat, 17:00)

+2.5 goals: All of Deportivo’s last four home matches have settled the +2.5 goals market as have four of their last five games hosting bottom-six teams. Similarly, 52% (16/31) of Valladolid’s away fixtures since the start of last season have featured more than a brace of scores as have two-thirds (10/15) of their games at top-six sides since 2007/08.


Real Madrid v Gijon (Sat, 19:00)

Home win both halves: Real Madrid are rightly extremely strong favourites for this match. The hosts have won all of their 13 such games under Manuel Pellegrini with 10 W/Ws, 10 victories by two clear goals and seven instances of winning both halves. Madrid have also won both halves of five of their last eight home games against middle-third teams. Gijon have been beaten in five of their last six on the road and also in all of their last three games at Big Two sides.


Espanyol v Sevilla (Sat, 21:00)

HT draw: Espanyol have drawn the first half of 10 of their last 12 home matches and also of four of their last six games hosting top-six teams. Sevilla have gone into the break level in two of their last four on the road and in five of their last nine on the road when they have previously been on similar five-game away form (three points).


Valencia v Almeria (Sun, 18:00)

HT/FT W/W: Valencia are unbeaten in five home matches with four victories and three W/Ws. Moreover, they have won all of their last four home games against middle-third teams with three W/Ws. Almeria have won just four away fixtures since the start of last season and they have suffered defeat on 21 (66%) occasions (14 L/Ls and 11 losses by two or more goals). Worryingly, the visitors have been beaten in all of their 10 matches at top-six sides since 2008/09 with nine L/Ls and five losses by two clear goals.


Zaragoza v Barcelona (Sun, 20:00)

Lay HT away win: Promoted Real Zaragoza have been trailing at half-time in just two of their 12 home matches this season. The hosts haven’t faced either of the Big Two at home yet, but they have gained four points from their two games hosting top-six opposition (HT W1-D1-L0). Barca have won just half (5/10) of their recent away fixtures and they have been in-front at the break in just three of them. Additionally, they have won the first half of only eight of their last 15 away matches against bottom-six sides.


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