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Free-scoring Barcelona might be tested at Sociedad

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Levante v Celta Vigo 11am
Two of Thursday night’s Copa del Rey casualties clash in Valencia and the draw looks the best bet.

Celta’s 5-0 thrashing at Barcelona was damaging though Levante were beaten at home by Espanyol having won the away leg. Both coaches are focused on this encounter, which could well be tight.

Recommendation
Draw
1pt 12-5 general

Key stat
The only goal scored by Levante in their last six league games was an own goal.

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Alaves v Sevilla 3.15pm
Alaves have been transformed under Abelardo, the former Barcelona ace leading his team to five wins in seven, and they can shock Sevilla.

Their three league wins in that sequence were against bottom-eight opponents and showdowns with Athletic and Atletico ending in defeats to nil. However, Sevilla have lost their way a bit, shipping 13 goals in their last four.

Recommendation
Alaves draw no bet
1pt 13-10 Betway

Key stat
Sevilla have lost six of their last seven La Liga away games.

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La Liga standings


Espanyol v Athletic Bilbao 5.30pm
Athletic aren’t producing anything spectacular but they are proving tough to beat – their last five games (in which they’re unbeaten) have produced just seven goals.

Espanyol are also in decent form and buoyed after winning at Levante in the Copa, but 13 of their 18 games have produced no more than two goals.

Recommendation
One or both teams not to score
2pts 4-5 general

Key stat
Athletic are unbeaten in seven La Liga matches.

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Real Sociedad v Barcelona 7.45pm
Real Sociedad have managed one win in seven, but Barcelona are acutely aware that they haven’t won on any of their last seven trips to San Sebastian in La Liga.

The Basques are also well rested having had no Copa del Rey commitments over the past fortnight. There are usually goals at the Anoeta and free-scoring Barca can play their part in a decent contest.

Recommendation
Both teams to score & over 2.5 goals
1pt 4-5 Coral, Sky Bet

Key stat
Sociedad’s nine home games have produced 36 goals.

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