Atleti to struggle in Catalonia

Sunday’s La Liga action features some intriguing fixtures, none more so than in Andalusia where Real Betis welcome Real Sociedad in the early game.

Share of the points at the Villamarin

Real Betis seem to have found a magic formula of not suffering the usual hangover from Europa League games, losing only one of their five matches after a European outing.

Thursday saw them defeat Olympiacos 1-0 to seal their qualification from Group F and they now turn their focus to the visit of the Txuri-urdinak.

Sociedad have won their last two as part of a four-game unbeaten run and with these sides tough to split, a share of the points is 3.40, with a score draw even better at 4.15.

Girona to frustrate Atletico

Girona are unbeaten in their last six and were fantastic in last weekend’s 3-1 win at Espanyol.

They host an Atletico Madrid side who have lost just one of their last 16 games but who have a mixed record on the road, drawing their last three away.

Funnily enough, both matches between these two last season were ties and a share of the points again looks an appealing outcome at 3.55, with 1-1 worth a look at 6.50.

Barca to battle past Villarreal

The 5:30 fixture sees an injury-hit Barcelona welcome improving Villarreal to the Nou Camp.

Four of the last five meetings between these two have seen both sides scoring, so El Submarino Amarillo could make an impact at the Nou Camp.

Barca’s injuries are also providing Ernesto Valverde with selection headaches aplenty, but they should have too much for a team who have drawn five of their last six, meaning the home win BTTS tempts at 2.15.

Home comforts can help Alaves

The Mendizorroza is yet to see Alaves lose this season but that record will be tested against leaders Sevilla in the late match.

Los Rojiblancos lost 1-0 against Standard Liege in the week, a game in which not for the first time, they were wasteful in front of goal.

Alaves have won only one of their last four but considering their home record, an El Glorioso victory has to appeal at 3.85.