Watch: Graham Hunter sees tough games for two of La Liga’s top three and a comfortable stroll for the other

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WATCH: Graham Hunter is rejoicing with this monster 80/1 La Liga treble

While Barcelona are going viral by taking the mickey out of anyone and everyone who crosses their part, the rest of La Liga is trying to catch up the huge gap between them and Luis Enrique’s Catalans. Matches this week will change the top and bottom of the table regardless of results, we could see Villareal make a real statement.

Athletic vs Real Sociedad – 5:15pm Sunday – Sky Sports Xtra

What’s the best way to announce yourself to the Spanish media? Score the winner in a derby match, in the home of your arch rivals, and that’s what Mikel Oyarzabal will want to do. At just 18, there’s the question about whether he’ll have the grit to take a kicking from the Bilbao defenders. The last four Basque derbies have been draws, Athletic haven’t won one in the last eight meetings, it’s a shocking record. Don’t expect a lot of goals either. I’m thinking another draw with ‘Bigfoot’ Oyarzabal to score

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Malaga vs Real Madrid – 3pm Sunday – Sky Sports 3

Ronaldo celebrates

This is a huge game for Real if they want to get back into the title chase. But it’s sticky. Malaga have been the kings of the goal less draw in Spain this year, including getting one at the Bernabeu. And with Raphael Varane missing for Madrid,  there’s a chance of a shock. It’s Zidane’s first real test as a manager, the fixture congestion comes in from here, and away at a hostile ground, I’m tipping a score draw

Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal – 19:30 Sunday – Sky Sports 3

Fernando Torres 800

Atleti have a six point lead over Villareal, and Fernando Torress after going months without scoring has two in his last two, finally taking him past the 100 goal mark in La Liga. Villareall have Europa League during the week, so will want to rest some of their bigger names in preparation for that. Atleti are in the title race, and another simple win to keep pace. Torres to score and Atletico to win

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Watch: Graham Hunter is singing like a bird with this 4/1 La Liga shot

It’s been an interesting week to say the least in Spain. Barcelona are beginning to get that familiar stranglehold on the division, while only six points seperate the bottom five teams. This week it’s the turn of Celta Vigo to try and stop the unstoppable, but they have done so before.

Barcelona vs Celta Vigo

Lionel Messi

Barcelona have finally got their Player of the Month awards, and they’ve now gone 29 games at the Camp Nou unbeaten – that’s another record broken by Luis Enrique and I believe they’ll make it thirty. Celta love frustrating his side though, beating them 4-1 and winning at the Camp in recent seasons. Barca have been starting slowly this season, so go for a HT/FT of Draw/Barcelona at

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Valencia vs Espanyol

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IT WILL HAPPEN THIS WEEK. I am certain of it. Valencia will win this game. They’ve got Alcacer and Caicedo coming back into form, they’re up against an Espanyol side in absolute freefall, and at home at the Mestalla, they should come out on top. Then again, I’ve said that for a couple of weeks and they’ve underperformed considerably. If it doesn’t happen now, it might not ever. Back a Valencia win with Alcacer anytime.

 

Real Madrid vs Atletic Bilbao

Ronaldo celebrates

There is one key battle in this game and that is between Raphael Varane and Aritz Aduriz. The 35 year old is proving everyone wrong by continuing his scoring streak and he is the reason that Bilbao are where they are this season. If Varane can get on top and bully him early, it’ll be key to a Madrid win. Bilbao are depleted, and away from home I just don’t think they’ll have enough. Back the Blancos with both teams to score

 

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Watch: Graham Hunter’s backing the top three in an 18/1 La Liga treble

Gary Neville is going to win at some stage. But I’ve almost been the kiss of death for him recently, so I’m avoiding Valencia totally this week after their humiliation. Instead, I’ve looked through the odds and picked out a nice 4/1 double involving Real and Barcelona.

Granada vs Real Madrid

Ronaldo celebrates

Granada have beaten both Real and Barcelona at home over the last few seasons. They did win their last game as well against Sevilla thanks to a goal from the brilliantly named Isaac Success.

Real are starting to flex their muscles at the top though. A minor slip up against Valencia should be put right on Sunday. Back a Real win with both teams to score. Success is to score again, maybe look at Modric for Los Blancos

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Levante vs Barcelona

Lionel Messi

Zinedine Zidane will be hoping for a slip up by Luis Enrique’s side, but I don’t think it’ll happen.

Barca have hit top form, and destroyed Valencia during the week. Even when 7 goals up, they still went forward with quick and fast attacks, looking for more.
Could Guiseppe Rossi debut in the best way possible? Maybe. He’s to score anytime for Levante. I think the bet to take is over 2.5 goals and a Barcelona victory. They’ve got the lead at the top now and they very rarely relinquish them.

Atletico Madrid vs Eibar

Vicente Caldreon

Eibar have been the surprise package in La Liga this season. You could fit the entire population of the city inside the Calderon and have space. Their ground only holds 7,00 people, and somehow they sit 8th in the table. They go to Atleti this week ont he back of three straight wins, scoring 11 goals in the process. Borja Baston got four of those and is Eibar’s top scorer.

One problem. He’s on loan from Atleti, meaning that Eibar will have to stump up cash if they want him to play against his parent club, who are missing a whole host of players. If he plays he scores. But back Atleti to win by one goal at

 


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Watch: Graham Hunter has a La Liga treble that could help fund your February

There’s only one game on everyone’s lips this weekend in Spain as the top two go head to head at the Camp Nou. At the bottom Las Palmas and Levante will both leap out of the relegation zone with victories over Celta Vigo and Sevilla respectively. Elsewhere Gary Neville STILL needs his first La Liga win

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid

People have been looking forward to this clash for weeks, simply because we’ll know on Sunday whether Atleti will have the quality to keep pace at the top as they try to wrestle back the La Liga title off of Barcelona. Their record against the Catalonians is not good however, just one win in 14 attempts and no goal for Antoine Griezmann in five appearances against Barca. They’ve only conceded three goals away from home all year however. But I don’t think they’ll have enough. Back Suarez to score at and a home win at

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Valencia vs Sporting Gijon

I know I’ve tipped Gary Neville to get his first La Liga win the last couple of times, but I’m certain that this week it’s happening. Sporting are second to last, they’ve lost eight of their eleven away games. But after losing 5-1 to Real two weeks ago, they came out and destroyed Sociedad by the same scoreline. My tip is to back the in play. If Valencia score first, they’ll win at. If they don’t back the score draw. Gijon’s best hope for a goal is Sanabria at to open the scoring

Real Madrid vs Espanyol

Cristiano Ronaldo

Espanyol actually have a decent record in the Bernebau. Despite losing heavily on many an occasion, they’ve been able to grab a draw against the Galacticos twice over the last four seasons. But they haven’t won in almost a decade, and were beaten 6-0 at home by Real earlier in the season. Zidane’s Madrid have been scoring for fun, and the handicap of Real -3 is too good not to take on this occasion, especially when you take into account the extent of Espanyol’s injuries. They’re missing six first team players.

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WATCH: Back Suarez maul through the Boquerones in 4/1 double says Graham Hunter

Don’t get caught like a wet fish, get onto Suarez to break a surprising Barca duck against the Anchovies in one of the tightest title tussles in recent memory.

Malaga vs Barcelona

This is important for Barcelona. They’re wo points off top, with Real within a victory of over taking them, and even Villarreal closing in in fourth place. With a fixture against league leaders Atleti coming next weekend, this is must-win for the Catalonians. But they’ve had it tough against Malaga in the past. Worryingly, relegation threatened Granada have more goals away from home than Barcelona, while Malaga have the best home defence in Spain. Missing Gerard Pique will give the current Malaga squad a chance of scoring their first goal against Barca at home in eight years. Their best hope is Roque Santa Cruz, but maybe throw a peso on Charles as well. But I think Suarez will do the damage in the second half at.

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Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla

Atleti won’t want to show any cracks and drop points at home to Sevilla. But the away side have only lost once in their last eight, and already have victories over Real and Barcelona this season. They’ll be gunning for revenge after the leaders beat them 3-0 in their own backyard. Diego Simone is unbeaten in fixtures against them though, and has a striker desperate to break the 100-goal mark in La Liga in Fernando Torres. El Nino’s last goal in May of 2015 took him to 99, and he’s to score anytime against Sevilla. If you’re smart though, you’ll back Griezmann at.  I don’t think Atleti will lose, but a draw at is tempting. If you think there’s an upset, take Gameiro anytime at

Real Betis vs Real Madrid

This one is a little bit dodgy, because we don’t know who’ll be on the pitch, and who’ll be on the sidelines. Betis are close to securing Juande Ramos as their new manager, and he could make his return against he team he was in charge of in a trophyless 2008-9 season. Gareth Bale is missing with another calf injury, and Karim Benzema is facing a late fitness test. Whether Cristano could steer his side past a sinking Betis is questionable. If Benzema plays, Madrid will win so a wincast isn’t the worst bet. But wait for news before splashing the cash.

Deportivo La Coruna vs Valencia

Gary Neville is fast learning the difference between punditry and management. He still hasn’t got a league win while in charge of Valencia. And against a side who have only lost two of their last eight games at home, I struggle to see how he can get one this weekend. I would be backing a score draw though at .Both teams have scored in over half of Valencia’s matches, and 60% of Deportivo’s.

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