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Monday, 21 January, 2019

New recruits should help Sevilla brush aside Espanyol

Atletico can keep out Girona

Jesus Navas of Sevilla
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Girona v Atletico Madrid 7.15pm
Promoted Girona face a baptism of fire in their first La Liga outing. Their pre-season results have been poor and the introduction of a bundle of Manchester City youngsters plus Cristhian Stuani from Middlesbrough glosses over weaknesses at the back.

The Montilivi will be buzzing but expect Atletico to win in their usual ruthless fashion.

Steve Davies' recommendation
Atletico Madrid to win to nil
1pt 5-4 BoyleSports

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Key stat
Atletico are unbeaten in their last 11 away league games, with six clean sheets.

Sevilla v Espanyol 9.15pm
Only Barcelona found a way past Sevilla at their fortress last term and that doesn’t bode well for Espanyol, who have lost on their last seven visits to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Sevilla’s 2-1 midweek Europa League triumph over Istanbul Basaksehir should have brushed away any cobwebs and the arrival of Manchester City duo Nolito and Jesus Navas plus Luis Muriel from Sampdoria have significantly bolstered their attacking options.

Aaron Ashley's recommendation
2pts 4-6 Betway, Coral

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Key stat
Espanyol have won just four of their last 13 La Liga away games.

Espanyol have lost on their last seven visits to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium
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