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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Barcelona set to show no mercy to neighbours once again

Europa rotations should help Real Betis fend off Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona celebrates a goal against Huesca
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Eleven Sports 1, from 11am Sunday

Levante v Sevilla 11am
Sevilla have a shaky record at Levante, winning on just one of their last six trips, and this could be an awkward encounter as the visitors look to bounce back from successive La Liga matches.

There was some respite in the form of an easy Europa League victory over Standard Liege, although this is a quick turnaround from that fixture and Levante held Valencia to a point in their last home game.  

Mark Langdon's recommendation
Draw
1pt 11-4 Betfair, Betfred, Betway

Key stat
Six of the past 11 meetings have finished in draws.

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Villarreal v Valencia 3.15pm
Valencia have made a poor start to the season but they may be underestimated for their short trip to take on a Villarreal side who have been equally shaky in the early stages of this campaign.

Los Che were well beaten by Juventus's ten men on Wednesday, a result which looked bad until Villarreal failed to beat Rangers at home on Thursday. Valencia have still drawn three of their four La Liga games and can at least match those efforts.  

Mark Langdon's recommendation
Valencia +0.25 Asian handicap
1pt 9-10 bet365, 188Bet

Key stat
Six of the last seven meetings have featured under 2.5 goals.

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Real Betis v Athletic Bilbao 5.30pm
The Europa League could be a drain on Real Betis but they rotated their side enough in Thursday's 0-0 draw away to Olympiakos to be trusted to justify favouritism against Athletic Bilbao.

Betis have kept four straight clean sheets and according to expected goal figures they should have scored four more times in La Liga than they have, so the chances are the hosts will soon become more prolific. 

Mark Langdon's recommendation
Real Betis
1pt 6-5 Betfair, Betway, 188Bet

Key stat
Athletic have kept one clean sheet in their last 14 matches.

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Barcelona v Girona 7.45pm
Tenth last season, Girona have made a solid start to the 2018-19 campaign, with the exception of their 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

Barcelona showed no mercy in last season's La Liga meetings with their neighbours, however, and after Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League win over PSV they should enjoy another wide-margin victory at Camp Nou.

James Milton's recommendation
Barcelona to win 3-0
1pt 7-1 bet365

Key stat
Girona lost last season's league fixtures against Barcelona by an aggregate score of 9-1.

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