Fourth placed Sevilla travel to play Celta Vigo on Sunday while in crisis Barcelona play host to a decent Valencia side. Here’s our parlay for La Liga Round 9 and the latest soccer odds in the Spanish top-flight league.
Celta Vigo’s fighting spirit vs. Sevilla’s defense
Iago Aspas will always be Celta Vigo’s king but this season the fans expect more from Celta Vigo as a unit. Aspas and Santi Mina are now a relatively established attacking duo while Denis Suarez is a great player who can solve games on his own. They also have Nolito on the left wing, a great player but because of his age and fitness he hardly catches more than 45 minutes in a game.
After two wins in a row and back-to-back clean sheets we were all expecting a positive result from Celta Vigo when they traveled to play Elche just before the international break. Unfortunately, Vigo returned home empty-handed recording just one shot on target in the game. Very poor numbers from such a good squad but we know that they always have difficulties on the road.
They now welcome Sevilla, one of the top teams in La Liga and the latest soccer lines give them big underdogs on their turf (+250 on the ML). It’s no secret that Sevilla are a force and every season they are aiming to finish in the top four and qualify in the European competitions. They are sitting fourth in the standings with 14 points earned in seven games, three points behind leaders Real Madrid but they have a game in hand on them. They also have the best defense in the league with just three goals conceded in the process, but they are yet to play the big guns in the league.
The teams are always offering us high-scoring affairs. We’ve seen at least three goals in their previous three head-to-heads, and we expect them to do it once again, mostly now after the international break. We are going with the goals market for our first pick of the parlay.
Pick: Over 2½ goals at +115
Messi-less Barcelona vs. Struggling Valencia
The Catalan giants are well off the pace in La Liga having one their worst league starts in the modern era. They are affected by internal issues, by injuries and they can’t find their way after losing Leo Messi in the summer. They must start planning to resolve their problems and at least finish in a Champions League position.
Not enough wingers, attacking instability, lack of creativity, slow in transition… We can go on but let’s stop because we are in for profit and for the love of the game. They are ninth in La Liga after seven matches, five points adrift of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Real Sociedad but with a game in hand on them. A strange thing is that President Joan Laporta confirmed that Ronald Koeman will remain in charge despite a poor La Liga and Champions League start.
They enter this game on the back of 1 win in the previous 6 fixtures across all competitions and 2 defeats in a row with no goal scored. According to the latest soccer odds they are still huge favorites to beat Valencia being priced at -200.
Ousmane Dembele and Sergio Aguero have returned to training as they step up their injury recoveries but don’t expect them to be on the pitch on Sunday against Valencia.
On the other side, Valencia are equal on points with their opponents but they enter this game on the back of 4 winless matches. They only failed to find the back of the net in one game, the surprisingly goalless draw on the road to Cadiz.
It’s rare to catch Barcelona in such bad shape so Valencia should take advantage of this. We don’t expect them to win this clash, but they have all the necessary weapons to contribute on the scoreboard. We’re going with both teams to score for our second pick of the parlay.