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Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Adams could get off to a flyer at Granada

Leganes may have to settle for a draw

Tony Adams is hoping to rescue Granada
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Leganes v Espanyol Sky Sports red button, 11am
Leganes still have work to do to avoid dropping out of La Liga and their home record needs to improve rapidly for them to get over the line.

Bookmakers seems confident they will be able to get the better of Espanyol, but they have gone five games without a victory and can hardly be confident after losing to basement boys Osasuna in their last outing.

Two wins in their last 21 outings go a long way to explaining why they still need positive results from their remaining seven matches and they have won just three times at home all season.

Espanyol have other priorities with a place in next season's Europa League still a possibility and they have lost two of their last eight matches.

However, their away form is the main reason why they are considered underdogs in this clash with eight of their last nine victories coming on their own patch and they will have to cope without suspended midfielder Victor Sanchez.

They have claimed just two points from their last five games on the road and a 1-0 success at Malaga has been their only away victory in their last nine attempts.

Both teams have scored in just two of Leganes's last 11 home matches and plenty of evidence points to there being few goals.

Before this weekend's fixtures, Alaves were the only team to have scored fewer home goals than Leganes and Espanyol have netted just 15 in as many away matches.

Espanyol's Argentinian midfielder Pablo Piatti has chipped in with ten goals since his move from Valencia last season, including last week's winner against Alaves, but goals have been thin on the ground.

Bookmakers have noticed this, posting skinny prices in the under 2.5 goals and one or both teams not to score markets.

But an anticipated low-scoring clash means the draw becomes an attractive proposition and it is worth backing on this occasion.

Ian Wilkerson's recommendation
Draw
1pt 9-4 Betfair

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Valencia v Seville Sky Sports 3, 3.15pm
Valencia have confirmed their safety with three consecutive victories but they could find life tougher against Seville, who returned to form with a 4-2 win against Deportivo last weekend.

Both teams combine attacking quality with questionable defending and that could mean goals.

Joe Champion's recommendation
Over 3.5 goals
1pt 6-4 bet365

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Key stat
Three of Valencia's last four games have featured at least four goals.


Real Betis v Eibar Sky Sports 3, 5.30pm
Tiny Eibar continue to defy expectations and they have recorded back-to-back away victories against Villarreal and Celta Vigo and should be backed to register a third against Real Betis.

The Seville-based outfit should avoid relegation but they've lost four of their last five games and Eibar can continue their surprise push for a Europa League spot.

Joe Champion's recommendation
Eibar draw no bet
2pts 19-20 Betfair, Coral

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Key stat
Betis have won two of their last 13 matches.

Granada v Celta Vigo Sky Sports 1, 7.45pm
Second-bottom Granada have resorted to appointing Tony Adams as manager to keep them up and their unlikely partnership could get off to a tremendous start with victory against Celta Vigo.

The struggling hosts are hard to beat on home turf, highlighted by recent wins against Las Palmas, Real Betis and Alaves, while the Sky Blues have won just three away La Liga matches this term and had a hard Europa League tie on Thursday.

Aaron Ashley's recommendation
Granada
1pt 7-4 BetBright, Betfair, Hills

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Key stat
Granada have picked up 16 of their 20 points at home.

Granada have picked up 16 of their 20 points at home
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