La Liga – Week 2 preview

La Liga left us itching for more last weekend and the second round of fixtures are likely to produce just as much drama.

Getafe can get off the mark

A 2-0 away defeat at Real Madrid was perhaps a false start for Getafe, but they can kick-start their campaign on Friday at home to Eibar.

2.05 is a reasonable price for a side who at one stage enjoyed a run of 10 unbeaten on home turf last season, and there were plenty of positives for Jose Bordalas to take from the defeat at the Bernabeu.

The same probably cannot be said for Jose Luis Mendilibar, who will have been hiding behind the sofa watching replays of last weekend’s opening 2-1 home defeat to La Liga debutants Huesca.

Los Armeros finished ninth last season but perhaps rode their luck at times and the board responded by selling key players, including Ivan Alejo to Los Azulones.

It could be a long season at the Ipurua and it seems tough to back anything other than a home win and those looking for something else may look at the 2.60 for Getafe new boy Jaime Mata to ‘Score at Anytime’.

Brilliant Barca to teach new boys a lesson

A 0-0 draw at Girona was a good way for Valladolid to begin their La Liga return, but they are unlikely to be any match for Barcelona.

The Blaugrana were barely tested in their opening 3-0 defeat of Alaves and Lionel Messi scored twice to get his bid for a record-equalling sixth Pichici crown off to a strong start.

Messi is the clear 1.40 favourite to top the scoring charts and with his side so short for the win, 2.25 for him to bag two or more is worth a look.

Goals could well be the way to go here and over 3.5 at the Jose Zorrilla also seems a reasonable price at 2.00.

Los Che to get off the mark

Valencia played out an entertaining opening 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid and will head to Espanyol as the 2.40 favourites.

Los Periquitos themselves had a 1-1 tie at Celta Vigo, with a repeat of that scoreline on Sunday available at 6.50 and goals could be the case on both sides, with 1.80 available on ‘Both Teams to Score’.

After finishing fourth in La Liga last season, Marcelino has again added well this summer, signing Geoffrey Kondogbia on a permanent deal from Inter Milan, while the versatile Daniel Wass looks a shrewd acquisition.

Another Champions League finish for Valencia appears a good bet at 2.50 and they can grab their first win of the season at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat.

Back Bilbao on Monday

Athletic Bilbao are at the beginning of a new cycle, with a fresh crop of hungry, young players at the San Mames this season.

An opening 2-1 victory over Leganes ensured Eduardo Berizzo made a winning start in the Basque country and he will be looking to back it up on Monday against La Liga new boys Huesca.

The Aragones made a winning start to their debut La Liga campaign, triumphing 2-1 at Eibar but face a far better team on Monday.

Los Leones are hardly watertight though, and despite having been a steely central defender, Berizzo’s sides are known more for their attacking flair than their frugality at the back.

Goals on both sides are likely and the 2.45 for the home win and both to score looks the answer.