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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Real Madrid look a nice price for road victory

Real Madrid are on the brink of another Champions League final
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Alaves v Villarreal 11am
Alaves did the double over Villarreal last season, a campaign which saw the Basque side finish a creditable ninth. This season has started poorly, however, with three straight defeats, though they have been competitive in all three.

Villarreal visit after Europa League success against Astana and may have to settle for a point.

Steve Davies's recommendation
1pt 9-4 Betfair

Key stat
Alaves have not scored in La Liga this season.

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Girona v Sevilla
Sky Sports red button, 3.15pm Sunday
For most football fans being seen as a feeder club is a derogatory term but Manchester City's involvement has been great news for Girona and La Liga's new boys can entertain against Sevilla.

Girona haven't looked out of place since gaining promotion, collecting four points from three matches, and both teams to score looks the best bet for their contest against the silky visitors.

An opening 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid left Pablo Machin's men frustrated as they were the better side and raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Cristhian Stuani's double before being pegged back late on against ten men following Antoine Griezmann's red card.

That performance was backed up by a 1-0 win over Malaga and Girona even managed seven shots on target in last week's 2-0 defeat at Athletic in Bilbao.

Girona have signed five City players - Douglas Luiz, Aleix Garcia, Olarenwaju Kayode, Pablo Maffeo and Marlos Moreno - and that should help them to avoid relegation this season but Sevilla remain a dangerous outfit.

Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Liverpool means they have scored 11 goals in six matches in all competitions this season.

Both teams to score
1pt 8-11 188Bet

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Las Palmas v Athletic Bilbao 5.30pm
Premier League misfits Jonathan Calleri and Loic Remy have added some zip to the Las Palmas front line – both were on target in Monday's excellent 3-1 win at Malaga.

However, they will have their work cut out breaking down an Athletic defence who have gone almost eight hours without conceding a goal.

Steve Davies's recommendation
One or both teams not to score
1pt 4-5 general

Key stat
Athletic have not conceded a goal in their last five matches.

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Sociedad v Real Madrid 7.45pm
Real Madrid have stumbled early in their bid to retain the La Liga title and bookmakers have pushed them out to a backable price against Real Sociedad.

Eusebio Sacristan's team went into the weekend level on points with Barcelona at the top of the table following three victories from as many games but they will do well to repel Madrid's firepower at Anoeta.

Joe Champion's recommendation
Real Madrid
1pt 4-6 general

Key stat
Real Madrid have won their last five meetings with Real Sociedad.

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Real Madrid have stumbled early in their bid to retain the La Liga title and bookmakers have pushed them out to a backable price
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