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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Back powerhouses Atletico and Barcelona to record routine triumphs

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Barcelona fans at the International Champions Cup
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Alaves v Real Betis 
Eleven Sports 2, 5.15pm Saturday

Both these teams started their La Liga campaigns with 3-0 defeats - Alaves away to Barcelona and Real Betis, more surprisingly, at home against Levante.

However, Betis finished sixth last term and look a decent bet to bounce back against a side they beat at home and away in 2017-18.

James Milton's recommendation
Real Betis
1pt 17-10 Betfair

Key stat
Alaves lost nine of their 12 home games against teams who finished above them last season.

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Atletico Madrid v Rayo Vallecano
Eleven Sports 1, 7.15pm Saturday

Newly-promoted Rayo were taught a harsh lesson by Sevilla and it does not get any easier for them with a trip to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Atletico suffered just one league defeat at their new stadium last season and they should easily account for Rayo, who have not done enough to enhance their squad.

Dan Childs's recommendation
Atletico Madrid-Atletico Madrid double result
1pt 4-6 Coral, Ladbrokes

Key stat
Atletico have lost one of their last 21 La Liga home fixtures.

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Valladolid v Barcelona 
Eleven Sports 1, 9.15pm Saturday

Valladolid returned to the big time with a creditable 0-0 draw at Girona but defeat is on the cards against the defending champions.

Barcelona took a while to get going during Saturday's 3-0 success at home to Alaves, scoring twice in the last ten minutes, but they should have got the rust out of their system and can follow up with another victory.

Dan Childs's recommendation
Barcelona to win 2-0
1pt 28-5 188Bet

Key stat
Barcelona have lost one of their last 22 away league matches.

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Atletico have lost one of their last 21 La Liga home fixtures
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