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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Real Madrid and Barcelona set for big wins in La Liga

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Real Madrid and Wales superstar Gareth Bale
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Sky Sports Football, from 11am Sunday

Leganes v Sociedad 11am
Sociedad haven't achieved back-to-back league victories since September but they were impressive 3-1 winners at home to Sevilla in their last match of 2017 and can follow up with another three points at mid-table Leganes.

Scoring goals has become an issue for Leganes, who have failed to find the net in five of their last six league matches.

Recommendation
Real Sociedad
1pt 6-4 general

Key stat
Sociedad have lost just two of their last eight matches.

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Barcelona v Levante 3.15pm
Key players including Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were rested for Barcelona's 1-1 draw away to Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey on Thursday and their return can help the Catalans overcome Levante in their first league match of 2018.

Barca have a stranglehold on the title race and won't want to give the chasing pack any encouragement.

Recommendation
Barcelona to win 3-0
1pt 7-1 Betfair, Paddy Power

Key stat
Barcelona have kept clean sheets in four of their last five home league matches against Levante.

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Villarreal v Deportivo
Sky Sports red button, 5.30pm

Villarreal's bank balance is booming and a bet on Carlos Bacca to score first could get punters in the black when the Yellow Submarine host Deportivo La Coruna in their first La Liga contest of 2018.

The record sale of Cedric Bakambu to China for a fee which eclipses Manchester United's outlay for Eric Bailly will be seen as excellent business by Villarreal, although he was their top goalscorer with nine goals.

The next best is five-goal Bacca with the injured Nicola Sansone the only other member of Villarreal's squad who has more than one La Liga goal to their name this term.

With Bakambu gone the onus is on Colombian hitman Bacca to fill his boots.

That did not happen in Thursday's 1-0 Copa del Rey first-leg defeat at Leganes but is more likely against a lowly Depor outfit who have conceded 34 La Liga goals this season. 

Depor are particularly dodgy defensively on their travels with their sole road clean sheet in nine matches coming at Eibar. They have conceded at least twice in seven of their nine trips.

Recommendation
C Bacca first goalscorer
1pt 15-4 bet365

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Athletic Bilbao v Alaves 5.30pm
Improving Athletic Bilbao were unbeaten in their last five matches of 2017 and should start the new year with a home victory over lowly Alaves.

Athletic will be eyeing up a push towards the top six and are a much better side than Alaves, who have lost three of their last four La Liga away games.

Recommendation
Athletic Bilbao
1pt 4-6 general

Key stat
Athletic Bilbao have kept clean sheets in four of their last five fixtures.

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Celta Vigo v Real Madrid 7.45pm
Real Madrid have little room for error if they are to get back into the La Liga title race but they can pick up a comfortable victory at Celta Vigo.

Los Blancos have failed to win any of their last three three away league games but should expose the defensive weakness of Celta, who have one La Liga clean sheet in their last 11 matches.

Recommendation
Real Madrid-Real Madrid double result
1pt 13-10 Coral, Ladbrokes

Key stat
Real have led at half-time and full-time on their last three league trips to Vigo. 

Bet on this game at Soccerbase.com


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Real have led at half-time and full-time on their last three league trips to Vigo
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