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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Villarreal's miserable start could continue

Struggling Alaves can make an impact at Celta

Real Betis are fancied to share the spoils at Villarreal
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Villarreal v Betis 7.45pm
Villarreal are pointless after a miserable start to the season and may have to settle for a draw against Betis at El Madrigal.

The Yellow Submarines are playing their first home game of the season but should expect plenty of resistance from Betis, who have bought well and were 2-1 winners at home to Celta Vigo last time out.

1pt 13-5 general

Key stat
Villarreal have failed to score in three of their last four league games.

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Celta Vigo v Alaves 5.30pm
Two of the early-season strugglers do battle at Balaidos and it could be the away team, Alaves, who steady the ship against a Celta Vigo side who have struggled for the majority of 2017.

Celta are pointless after their first two games in 2017-18, as are Alaves, who played reasonably well in a 2-0 loss at home to Barcelona before the international break.

Alaves or draw double chance
1pt 5-4 bet365

Key stat
Celta have lost eight of their last nine league fixtures.

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Athletic Bilbao v Girona 3.15pm
Having won promotion last season, Girona have made a good start in La Liga – taking four points from two games.

They have recruited smartly and look well equipped to steer clear of relegation but they may taste defeat for the first time against Athletic Bilbao, whose only home losses last season came against Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Athletic Bilbao
1pt 7-10 188Bet

Key stat
Athletic have lost one of their last 19 La Liga home fixtures.

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Deportivo v Real Sociedad 11am
Real Sociedad are setting the early pace after back-to-back wins and can keep it going by beating Deportivo at the Riazor.

Juanmi and Willian – La Real's top scorers from last season – have two goals each and can make the difference against Depor, who have one point from their first two games.

Real Sociedad
1pt 9-5 general

Key stat
Depor have won two of their last 13 La Liga matches.

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The Yellow Submarines are playing their first home game of the season but should expect plenty of resistance from Betis
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