Barcelona can open up La Liga campaign with a win
Villarreal and Espanyol also worth a bet
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Marc Roca, who scored in Espanyol’s sign-off 3-1 win at Monchengladbach, says optimism at El Prat is “at ten” as they seek to carry on from the end of last season when they took 13 points out of a last possible 15.
Espanyol draw no bet
1pt 9-4 Betfair
Espanyol have won their last three away league matches.
New Sociedad boss Asier Garitano has had to deal with a number of injuries and departures and they could struggle early on. They may well come up short on the road anyway having won just one of their last 15 road trips.
2pts 21-20 bet365, Hills
Real Sociedad have scored two goals in their last seven away league games.
They did the double over them last year although neither win was emphatic, and Alaves have the doggedness – they finished 15th yet with a better defensive record than high-flyers Seville, Betis or Villarreal – to keep things tight.
Barcelona to win by one goal
1pt 4-1 general
Barcelona are unbeaten at home in the league in 36 matches.
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