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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Barcelona will be pushed hard by Villarreal

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Lionel Messi's Barcelona may have to wait until after the break to assert their superiority
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Real Sociedad v Malaga Sky Sports Mix, 11am
Real Sociedad have gone through a sticky patch, losing three consecutive matches in three different competitions, but they can come out of it by posting a comfortable victory over Malaga in San Sebastian.

Malaga returned to the foot of the table after last Friday's 0-0 draw at home to fellow strugglers Levante and are still searching for their first away points of the season.

Dan Childs's recommendation
Real Sociedad to win 2-0
1pt 7-1 Betfair, Hills

Key stat
Malaga have lost their last eight away fixtures.


Real Betis v Atletico Madrid Sky Sports Football, 3.15pm
Atletico Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday but they can bounce back from that disappointment to win at Real Betis.

The hosts have been in awful form, collecting just two points from their last five La Liga contests and conceding 15 goals in their last five home matches. Atletico, meanwhile, have shipped just once in their last six away league fixtures.

Mark Langdon's recommendation
Atletico Madrid
3pts 4-5 188bet

Key stat
Atletico Madrid have lost just one of their 23 matches this season.


Levante v Athletic Bilbao Sky Sports Football, 5.30pm
Athletic Bilbao are safely through to the Europa League knockout stage after a 2-0 success away to Ukrainian side Zorya on Thursday but they are struggling in La Liga and may lose to Levante in Valencia.

Two of Levante's three league wins have come at home and they can take advantage of an Athletic side who could be suffering from tired legs after their midweek exertions.

Dan Childs's recommendation
Levante
1pt 5-2 Betfair

Key stat
Athletic have not won any of their last seven domestic away games.


Villarreal v Barcelona Sky Sports Football, 7.45pm
Barcelona are not playing with the same swagger as they were earlier in the season and they may have to settle for a point from a tricky contest with Villarreal at El Madrigal.

An under-strength Villarreal side lost 1-0 at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday but they still won their Europa League group and are likely to give much better account of themselves against Barca.

Dan Childs's recommendation
Draw
1pt 18-5 188bet

Key stat
Barcelona have drawn four of their last seven away fixtures.

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