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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Real Madrid have too much firepower for hosts Levante

Busy Sevilla may suffer on trip to Eibar

Real Madrid and Wales superstar Gareth Bale
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Eibar v Sevilla Midday
Ordinarily Sevilla would fancy their chances of taking a positive result in this fixture but it's a quick turnaround from Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg and this week's second leg may be on their minds too.

La Liga standings

That gives Eibar a chance and they have been doing well enough anyway. The hosts have lost once in their last ten matches and Eibar's last six home La Liga matches have resulted in four wins and one draw.

Mark Langdon's recommendation
Eibar draw no bet
1pt 5-6 general

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Key stat
Sevilla have conceded in eight of their last ten away matches.


Alaves v Celta Vigo - red button 5.30pm

The recent resurgence of Alaves on home soil has enhanced their survival chances but they could suffer a setback when in-form Celta Vigo travel to the Basque country.

The hosts have picked up ten points from their last four league matches at the Mendizorrotza and were 2-1 winners in the home leg of their recent Copa del Rey showdown with Valencia.

La Liga standings

Alaves also led 1-0 at Camp Nou until the 72nd minute last weekend before late goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi turned the match on its head.

But, despite their recent change in fortunes, Celta still make most appeal.

The Sky Blues have won four of their last five league games, a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid the only exception, and confidence is high.

Only Barcelona, Valencia and Real Madrid have scored more league goals this season and in Iago Aspas they have a top-class striker capable of causing plenty of problems.

Aspas netted a brace in last week’s 3-2 win over Real Betis and Alaves must be aware of the threat caused when he links up with Maxi Gomez and Pione Sisto.

Celta have won three straight road matches at Real Sociedad, Levante and Deportivo and their 2-2 draw at Barcelona at the start of December highlights their attacking intent.

Alaves have raised their game but they are only two points above the relegation zone, while a free-scoring Celta are seventh and have their eyes set on Europe.

A travel-sick Leganes claimed a point there a fortnight ago and Celta should at least match them.

Aaron Ashley's recommendation
Celta Vigo draw no bet
2pts 19-20 Coral, Ladbrokes

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Levante v Real Madrid 7.45pm

The return of the BBC trio of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo worked wonders at Valencia as Real Madrid made it an aggregate of 11-2 in two La Liga matches.

La Liga standings

Zinedine Zidane may not start with the trio at Levante but whoever the Frenchman picks they should have too much firepower for a Levante side who have won just one of their last 12 in all competitions.

Steve Davies's recommendation
Real Madrid & over 2.5 goals
2pts 8-15 Betway, Coral, Ladbrokes

Key stat
Levante are without a win in nine league games, failing to score in six of them.

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Sevilla have conceded in eight of their last ten away matches
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