La Liga's opening weekend
With the return of La Liga, Cloudbet takes a look at some of the opening weekend's fixtures to offer you a better chance of picking your bitcoin betting winners.
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Granada v Athletic Bilbao
Season opener for both teams and the first game since July when last season finished with this same fixture - when Granada ran out 4-0 winners. The odds of Granada scoring four goals again is an attractive 40.0.
Granada have struggled in the curtailed pre-season and may be distracted by their return to European competition with a qualifier after this game. With no significant transfer business by either team, it’s much the same starting teams as last season.
Zero Margin: Granada 2.91 Draw 3.20 Athletic Bilbao 2.89
Eibar v Celta Vigo
Typical pre-season for Eibar who lost several key players to rival teams and are missing their best player in left back Jose Angel following an ACL injury at the end of last season.
Having narrowly avoided relegation last season, Celta are not without their own problems, notably between the sticks as both first choice goalkeepers are injured - so untested Ivan Villar is promoted from the B-team.
Eibar 2.51 Draw 3.17 Celta Vigo 3.02
Cadiz v Osasuna
Cadiz earned promotion as runners-up in La Segunda and kept the key elements of their squad intact over the shortened summer break. However, they will be without important midfielder Alberto Perea, who is suspended here.
Osasuna haven’t replaced full back Estupinan - who left for Watford - and have injury doubts over both forwards Avila and Gallego.
Cadiz 2.85 Draw 2.98 Osasuna 2.80
Valladolid v Sociedad
Off the back of a solid mid-table finish, Valladolid have been proactive in the transfer market with upgrades through the spine of the team - particularly in Schon Weissman, who should be a major upgrade in attack.
Sociedad swapped Odegaard for David Silva in midfield but suffered a coronavirus outbreak resulting in both creative midfielders Silva and Oyarzabal sitting this game out.
Valladolid 2.95 Draw 3.16 Sociedad 2.56
Villarreal v Recreativo Huesca
Villa welcome new coach Unai Emery who has been well supported in the transfer market - Coquelin, Kubo and Parejo are all expected to make their debuts.
Recreativo are promoted as champions and while there’s been plenty of squad turnover, the key, important players have remained at the club.
Villarreal 1.56 Draw 4.09 Huesca 6.17
Valencia v Levante
The 35th “Derby del Turia” as Levante attempt to win at the Mestalla for the first time since 1937.
It has been a tumultuous off-season for Valencia as new coach Javi Gracia attempts to rebuild a squad under severe financial restraints. With a fan demonstration expected and injuries to both full backs, as well as striker Kevin Gameiro, a carbon-copy of a recent 0-0 friendly wouldn’t be a surprise.
In contrast, Levante have enjoyed a quiet off-season with encouraging results in the friendlies and suffering no important personnel losses - but must cope without influential starters Roger and Rochina for the Valencian derby.
Valencia 2.07 Draw 3.43 Levante 3.68
Alaves v Betis
The first competitive match for new Alaves coach Pablo Machin, who appears to be struggling to successfully adopt his favoured 3-5-2 tactics in some morale-sapping friendlies.
The vastly experienced Manuel Pellegrini takes over at Betis who boast a 100% win record in their three pre-season runouts.
No significant injuries for either team.
Alaves 2.88 Draw 3.24 Betis 2.57
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