Mike Holden has found some gems among Sunday's live La Liga matches.
Levante v Valencia - Sunday 11:00, Sky Sports 4
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.
Sevilla v Villarreal - Sunday 15:00, Sky Sports 4
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.
Las Palmas v Real Madrid - Sunday 19:30, Sky Sports 1
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.