Balls La Liga preview
20 goals, 5 red cards and a load of exciting, skilful action. It’s safe to say La Liga got off to a great start last week. Here’s the Balls weekly La Liga preview, this time focusing on week two.

Resultados – Results

Barcelona were a little bit flattered by their 3-0 scoreline over tiny little Elche. Sure, they were never really in any danger, but it looks like it might take a while for this relatively new-look Barcelona side to gel fully. Having said that, the goals were pretty tasty.

Real Madrid also struggled to put away lowly opposition. Cordoba defended as if their lives depended on it, and Madrid had to be content with a pretty quiet 2-0 win. The Champions Atletico Madrid got off to a stuttering start, drawing 0-0 away to Rayo Valecano. That result shouldn’t be exaggerated however, Rayo is a terrifically hard place to go and get a point, let alone all three. The outstanding performance of the weekend was probably Villarreal, The Yellow Submarine going to Levante and coming away with all the points thanks to a confident 2-0 away win. Maybe Villarreal are set to build on recent progress and push for more serious honours this season.

Here are all the results from the first weekend’s action in La Liga.

25.08. 21:00 Rayo Vallecano Atl. Madrid  0 : 0
25.08. 19:00 Real Madrid Cordoba 2 : 0
24.08. 22:00 Levante Villarreal 0 : 2
24.08. 20:00 Barcelona  Elche 3 : 0
24.08. 20:00 Celta Vigo Getafe 3 : 1
24.08. 18:00 Eibar Real Sociedad 1 : 0
23.08. 22:00 Almeria Espanyol  1 : 1
23.08. 20:00 Granada CF Dep. La Coruna 2 : 1
23.08. 20:00 Sevilla Valencia  1 : 1
23.08. 18:00 Malaga  Ath Bilbao 1 : 0


Esta semana los juegos – This weeks games

Week two of La Liga kicks off Friday night with a couple of interesting matches, and Saturday and Sunday have plenty of great action in there too. This Friday night ‘gimmick’ is a new thing, and probably indicative of the league’s expanded popularity and their desire to spread the games out to increases World wide TV exposure. Kind of along the lines of the Premier League now being a Saturday, Sunday and Monday thing, as opposed to the old days of 3 pm Saturday only kick-offs.

There are six, yes, six live Spanish matches on Sky Sports 5 this weekend, stretching from Friday night through to Sunday, with  last season’s top 3 all involved in the live action. Real Sociedad taking on Real Madrid at home looks the pick of the action from a competitive point of view.

Friday night

Friday night games Getafe Almeria  29.08. 19:00
Live on Sky Sports 5  Valencia  Malaga 29.08. 21:00

Saturday and Sunday

Live on Sky Sports 5 30.08. 18:00 Ath Bilbao  Levante
30.08. 18:00 Cordoba Celta Vigo
 Live on Sky Sports 5 30.08. 20:00 Atl. Madrid Eibar
 Live on Sky Sports 5 30.08. 22:00 Espanyol Sevilla
 Live on Sky Sports 5 31.08. 18:00 Villarreal Barcelona
31.08. 20:00 Dep. La Coruna Rayo Vallecano
 Live on Sky Sports 5 31.08. 20:00 Real Sociedad Real Madrid
31.08. 22:00 Elche Granada CF

Picos y valles – Peaks and valleys

During the season we’re going to bring you updates on teams that are on a roll and of course, teams that can’t tie their own shoe lace. Use this information as you see fit.

Villarreal are on an incredible tear right now. They have won their last 7 matches straight, including league matches, Europa League games and a handful of friendlies also. That 7 game winning streak faces something of a challenge this weekend, they welcome Barcelona on Sunday evening.

Algo para el fin de semana, Sir? – Something for the weekend, Sir?

Throughout the season we’re going to bring you a look at three bets we particularly like, and one we absolutely love.

  1. Athletic Bilbao -1 (Evens) – Athletic will be angry at their opening result (losing 0-1 to Malaga in a surprisingly flat display), and Levante were easily beaten at home by Villarreal. Levante will never be described as ‘Road Warriors’ and a focussed Bilbao should handle them easily enough in front of their home crowd.
  2. Celta Vigo to win (5/4) – Cordoba put in a pretty mighty effort against Real Madrid last week, but they may have wasted a lot of ammunition doing so. In losing 0-2 they expended a lot of energy, mental and physical, and could experience a sting in the tail at home against progressive Celta Vigo. Celta had an impressive win to start their campaign, and can go to Cordoba and get themselves a result, particularly as the home team might be still exhaling after playing the Galacticos.
  3. Valencia v Malaga over 2.5 goals (8/11) – Both sides were a little flat in their openers but should be firing on all cylinders a week later.

El bloqueo de las Bolas La Liga del fin de semana – The Balls La Liga lock of the weekend

All season long we’re going to bring you the Balls La Liga lock of the weekend

  • Villarreal v Barcelona over 2.5 goals (4/7) – One of the matches of the weekend should provide a few goals. Villarreal are on a serious streak and are a threat to score, particularly when you consider Barcelona are a bit shaky at the back right now. Meanwhile, Messi looks on form and Barce can grab a couple away from home against anyone. Play safe and go over 2.5 or live on the edge and go over 3.5.

Disfruta de los juegos !! (Enjoy the games!!)


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