Winless in their opening six matches, Real Zaragoza look up against it as they head to ‘La Catedral’ to tackle Atletico Bilbao. The hosts look a home banker at 10/11 with Coral and given that under-fire Zaragoza boss Jose Aurelio Gay has seen his side fail to score in four of their half-dozen games, Bilbao could combine victory with a clean sheet; a wager available with Paddy Power at 11/5.
Gregorio Manzano’s appointment at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium is starting to have the desired effect, Seville having beaten Bundesliga high-flyers Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid in their last two outings and that improvement means they are worth siding with at El Molinon, where they meet Sporting Gijon.
The home side have managed only one win this season and there’s little to suggest that they can improve on that record here. The visitors are the pick then at 6/5 (Stan James) as they seek to keep the pressure on La Liga’s top four.
Finally, second-placed Villareal have won five on the spin and they have perhaps been underestimated a touch ahead of their trip to face a patchy Hercules side. El Submarino Amarillo are a tasty 6/4 () to leave the Jose Rico Perez Stadium three points better off.