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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Barcelona may have to battle to see off Deportivo

Valencia's Rodrigo can enhance World Cup claims

Borja Valle (left) of Deportivo La Coruna challenges Gabi Fernandez of Atletico de Madrid
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Alaves v Atletico Madrid Sky Sports Football, 3.15pm
Atletico Madrid had to work incredibly hard for their 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Thursday and manager Diego Simeone could be planning wholesale changes for their trip to Alaves.

It looks an ideal time to face Simeone's side and Alaves, winners of three of their last four games, can take advantage.

Dan Childs's recommendation
1pt 14-5 bet365

Key stat
Atletico Madrid have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine away games.

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Valencia v Eibar Sky Sports Football, 5.30pm
Valencia are assured of a top-four finish but still have a chance of pipping Real Madrid to third place in La Liga and should take care of an Eibar team who appear to have downed tools for the season.

In-form Spain striker Rodrigo could be the man to do the damage as he seeks to seal a place in Julen Lopetegui's World Cup squad.

Joe Champion's recommendation
Rodrigo to score at any time
1pt 11-10 Betfair, BoyleSports, Paddy Power

Key stat
Rodrigo has scored seven goals in his last eight appearances.

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Deportivo v Barcelona Sky Sports Football, 7.45pm
Barcelona sealed their first trophy of the season with victory in last week's Copa del Rey final and the Catalans can add the Spanish title to their collection with a victory over Deportivo.

The hosts, who are staring relegation in the face, have not lost in five games at the Riazor and could put up a fight, but Barca are likely to prove too strong.

Joe Champion's recommendation
Barcelona to win & under 3.5 goals
1pt 7-4 Betway, Coral, Ladbrokes

Key stat
Barcelona are unbeaten in La Liga this season.

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