Levante v Valencia - Sunday 11:00, Sky Sports 4

It’s derby day in Valencia and conditions favour bottom club Levante with their big neighbours having been subjected to a tough examination at Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League on Thursday night. Take the 13/8 available on Rubi’s men to resume their survival bid with a morale-boosting win.

Valencia went down 1-0 at San Mames but will be relieved by that scoreline having been on the back foot for much of the contest, so the quick turnaround and early kick-off probably does them no favours. But the simple truth is that shot data would make the Granotes much stronger jollies in any case. My ratings have the home side no bigger than 6/5.

Given that disparity with the market, a bet on Levante to clear the -1 handicap is also recommended. As a former Manchester United player, it won’t be in Gary Neville’s nature to accept a narrow defeat in a local derby. If Valencia go behind, they will surely throw everything into forcing an equaliser, and that would leave them vulnerable on the counter.
Levante to win - 1pt @ 13/8
Levante -1 on the handicap - 1pt @ 9/2

Sevilla v Villarreal - Sunday 15:00, Sky Sports 4

Las Palmas ended Villarreal’s 14-match unbeaten run with a shock win at El Madrigal last weekend but Sevilla’s inability to take full advantage at Getafe later in the day is hardly likely to discourage the Yellow Submarine from staying on the slow road towards Champions League qualification.

The fifth-placed Rojiblancos had the chance to cut the gap to six points when Ever Banega put them ahead at the Coliseum but they squandered their lead with three minutes to go and remain eight points adrift with ten rounds remaining. Follow the now-standard course of action in Villarreal games with bets on under 1.5 goals and no goalscorer.

Both bets are only boosted by the Europa League commitments of both teams. Marcelino’s men responded in excellent fashion to their setback against the islanders, beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 on Thursday, while the Andalusians played out a goalless draw away at Basel. Villarreal have drawn four of their last nine league games 0-0, eight have finished under 1.5 goals.
Under 1.5 goals - 1pt @ 5/2
No goalscorer - 1pt @ 10/1

Las Palmas v Real Madrid - Sunday 19:30, Sky Sports 1

Real Madrid kept their season ticking over by completing a routine 4-0 aggregate Champions League success against Roma in midweek but there were ample signs in their first-half display against Celta Vigo last weekend to suggest they’ve thrown in the towel where the league is concerned, so don’t shy away from the 8/1 available on Las Palmas here.

The islanders play host to the Merengues for the first time in 15 years and come into this clash on the back of three straight win-to-nil victories, including last weekend’s surprise success at fourth-placed Villarreal, so everything is geared up for them to approach this game with genuine enthusiasm and belief.

Whereas, for Madrid, this could be the least appetising clash on the calendar, especially if Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both take care of business on Saturday at home to Getafe and Deportivo respectively. That would leave Madrid 15 points adrift of the summit and seven behind their city rivals.
Las Palmas to win - 1pt @ 8/1