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La Liga predictions, betting tips & match previews - best bets for Saturday's games

Dean Smith 13 Feb 2018
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona dribbles past Francis Coquelin of Valencia

There’s another round of intriguing fixtures set to take place in Spain this weekend and we bring you our best bets for Saturday's La Liga matches. 

Las Palmas v Sevilla (12:00 GMT) 

We're anticipating a low-scoring affair in the first La Liga match of the day as Sevilla head to Estadio de Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas. The hosts are struggling towards the foot of the division but have picked up some big results of late, including wins over Valencia and Malaga in their last two home fixtures. The visitors meanwhile are slowly losing a grip on their race for a top four spot after failing to win in their last two away matches.

With so much at stake for both teams here for very different reasons, we can see quite defensive displays being adopted and on the back of UD's last two games, a 1-0 victory over Malaga followed by a goalless draw away from home at Athletic Bilbao, the defensive players could come out on top again here. Los Nervionenses ran out narrow 1-0 victors in the reverse fixture back in September and we're on under 2.5 goals again in this game at 13/10 with BetVictor.

Eibar v Barcelona (15:15 GMT) 

Barcelona have taken full advantage of the poor form of their usual La Liga title challengers Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid so far this season to race into a healthy lead at the top of the table. However, with Champions League and Copa Del Rey challenges also on their plate, it's perhaps no real surprise that Blaugrana's standards have slipped in the league of late and they make the trip to Eibar on the back of two successive draws with Espanyol and Getafe.

Eibar themselves continue to defy expectations in the Spanish top tier. As one of the smallest clubs in the division, they're performing well above expectations and find themselves firmly in the race for continental qualification this season. Confidence will be sky high too ahead of this fixture after an away win at Leganes last time out stretched their unbeaten league run to four games. Can they upset the odds and frustrate Barca again here? 

Alaves v Deportivo la Coruna (17:30 GMT)

Over at Estadio de Mendizorroza, there's a real relegation six pointer in the evening kick-off as Alaves welcome Deportivo la Coruna. As things stand, Babazorros sit just two places and seven points clear of the relegation zone and they're one of very few teams that Deportivo, who currently sit second bottom on just 18 points, can still catch if they're going to escape the drop down to the second tier this season.

Unfortunately for Depor, their chances of survival are starting to look slimmer week on week as they have managed to pick up a paltry two points from the last available 24 in La Liga. Ominously, their Saturday opponents Alaves will be in high spirits ahead of this fixture after picking up back-to-back 2-1 wins over Celta de Vigo and Villarreal. A win here for Alaves will give them even more breathing space in the fight against the drop.

Malaga v Valencia (19:45GMT)

Malaga have been La Liga's whipping boys this season and their chances of escaping the drop are basically nil at this point. With 15 games remaining they sit seven points away from 17th placed Levante and with no win in their last eight La Liga matches, the possibility of an escape from the bottom three seems highly unlikely. A major issue for them this season has been a lack of goals, their return of 14 in 23 matches is by far the worst in the division.

As such, the likes of Gabriel Paulista and Marvin Montoya will be expected an easier evening's work than usual as they head to the Rosaleda this weekend. Malaga have drawn blanks in their last three matches whereas los Che are flying high in third place in the division and although their success this season has been centred more around their quality attack, they should have enough to earn a shut-out of the bottom club in this clash.

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