Barcelona’s home form was beyond belief last season, especially in the early part of the campaign, where they didn’t concede a single league goal until January.
They’re 4/6 to win by two or more against Real Sociedad as they attempt to reclaim the league title from arch-rivals Real Madrid.
Some more ominous signs for their opening day visitors include that, prior to last season, their previous three home ties with Sociedad saw them hammer home 11 goals without reply. They also recorded wins in their opening two games at the Nou Camp last term by an aggregate score of 13-0.
After a turbulent summer of financial uncertainty which has seen two star players head out the exit door, Malaga could be in for a torrid time at newly promoted Celta Vigo.
The hosts are 11/8 to make a winning return to La Liga and, bearing in mind Malaga have lost three of their last four on the opening day, they could be excellent value to pull off an upset.
Celta did the double over Malaga the last time the club’s shared a division, recording successive 2-0 victories.
Getafe’s great record in Sevilla makes a price of 7/2 an appealing prospect, indeed.
They’ve recorded victories in three of their last four visits to the Sanchez Pizjuan and, although they were denied a fourth win on the bounce last term, Getafe ran riot in the return fixture winning by five goals to one.
And with Venezuelan goal-getter, Nicolas Fedor Flores in their ranks, Getafe will certainly pose a threat in the final third. The club’s 2011/12 top-scorer loves playing against Sevilla, having found the back of the net four times in five appearances in this fixture.
The final selection in this La Liga fourfold is Diego Simone’s Atletico Madrid to get off to a winning start at last season’s surprise package, Levante.
The Europa League holders, at 7/5, look good value given their strong finish to the last campaign, which saw them go on a nine game unbeaten run.
Levante, on the other hand, could only manage two wins in their final seven and had their early season performances to thank for clinging on to the final Europa League berth.
15-goal hit-man, Arouna Kone, has since departed for the Premier League to compound Levante’s problems further as they prepare to face last season’s joint-second stingiest defence outside La Liga’s top two.
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