Real Can Go Top, While It’s a Fresh Start for Betis

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La Liga has provided plenty of intrigue since its recent return and there looks set to be lots more drama as the midweek action continues.

Real Madrid headline Wednesday’s three games and will go back to the top of the standings by beating Real Mallorca.

Los Blancos’ fell three points behind in the title race following Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao but will overtake their rivals with a victory over relegation-threatened Mallorca, courtesy of their superior head-to-head against the Blaugrana.

With the match markets stretched due to Real’s perceived superiority, value should be sought elsewhere, with even the home win to zero short at 2/3*.

Therefore, it is worth digging deeper and Karim Benzema may well be a man to watch, having netted three times in his last two games and is 9/4 to break the deadlock, while the Frenchman can also be backed at 31/20 to score two or more.

Looking ahead to Thursday and Valencia head north to face Eibar in the early game at 18:30. The Basque side are without a win in five and Los Che will be looking to take advantage at 6/4 to win after beating Osasuna 2-0 on Sunday.

While sat eighth, Valencia are still in the European running and the delayed season means they now have Goncalo Guedes back fit and available.

The Portuguese scored a wonderful goal against Osasuna, his first of the season at club level following an injury-plagued campaign, and is 4/1 in the Anytime Scorer market.

Then at 21:00, Real Betis begin life without the sacked Rubi at home to another of his former clubs, Espanyol.

Headline writers everywhere were hoping Rubi’s inevitable departure after a poor season would come on a Tuesday but it wasn’t the case and Los Beticos’ talented yet unbalanced squad will feel they have a point to prove.

Espanyol head to Andalusia after losing 3-1 at home to Levante and may prove the perfect opponents for Betis, who are the right side of evens at 23/20 to win the game.

That being said, the last four meetings have seen both score so some punters may be a bit more optimistic and target the 16/5 for the home win and btts, while over 2.5 goals is 21/20.

Sevilla Host Valladolid in the Sunshine

Finally on Friday and with the height of summer upon us, it is another late kick-off as Sevilla host Valladolid.

Sat fourth in the table, Los Rojiblancos have been solid if unspectacular since the season returned, beating Betis 2-0 before playing out draws against Levante, Barcelona and Villarreal.

Valladolid, meanwhile, have made strides in their bid for survival, losing only one of their four games.

Six of the last eight meetings between the pair at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan have seen both teams score, and a home win with that market included is a handy 11/5.

*All odds correct at time of writing

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