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La Liga Round 17 Preview: Real Sociedad Could Leap Up Table At Expense Of Alaves

La Liga Round 17 Preview: Real Sociedad Could Leap Up Table At Expense Of Alaves

Meanwhile, league leaders Barcelona host Celta Vigo, and Sevilla head to Leganes

The 17th round of action in Spain’s La Liga gets underway this coming Friday night (21 December) as Real Sociedad host an out of sorts Alaves. The following day, defending champions Barcelona look to pick up three more points against Celta Vigo, while on the Sunday afternoon Sevilla must beat Leganes to stay in title contention.

First things first

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First up, Real Sociedad welcome Alaves looking to move into the top half of the table. The home side have lost their last two outings and sit just four points above the relegation zone – however, a win in this match could take them all the way up to eighth in the table (from 15th) to give you an idea of just how tight this La Liga season is.

After an excellent start to the season, Alaves have slipped somewhat over recent weeks. They are without a win in their last five matches across all competitions, and the team is in desperate need of a positive result to arrest what has become a worrying slide.

However, it is Real Sociedad who come in as the clear favourites to get back to winning ways in this one. You can back the home side to take all three points at just 1.75, while Alaves are out at 5.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.50, according to Oddsshark.

And we are indeed expecting the home side to edge this one. A narrow, 2-1 win for Real Sociedad is priced at 8.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$42.50 pay out, while you could more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game, which comes in at 2.20.

Barcelona out for three more points against Celta Vigo

The following day, Barcelona welcome Celta Vigo to the Camp Nou looking to make it four league wins in a row. The Catalan giants sit three points clear at the top of the table and are scoring at a rate of close to three goals per game, although their defensive back line has been less than consistent so far this term.

Celta Vigo, by way of comparison, are down in ninth place. They are unbeaten in their last three league games, but have also been conceding goals far too regularly – we should see plenty of entertainment in this one.

And it is no surprise to see that it is Barcelona who come into the match as the red hot favourites to pick up the win. You can back the champions to take the points at just 1.12, with Celta Vigo all the way out at 21.00 to pull off what would be a shock win – a draw is priced in the middle at 9.00.

Barcelona should romp home to victory. A 4-0 win for the champions comes in at 9.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$47.50 pay out, while you could more than double your money by backing a “No” to both teams scoring, which comes in at 2.05.

Sevilla need all three points in test at Leganes

And finally, Sevilla head to Leganes on Sunday knowing that three points is imperative. Leganes may be down in 16th place but are unbeaten in their last eight games across all competitions and could give Sevilla more than a run for their money.

Sevilla currently sit second in the table, just three points behind Barcelona at the top of the table. The side is unbeaten in their last seven league outings and cannot falter at this crucial juncture.

And it is indeed Sevilla who come in as the favourites to take the points. You can more than double your money by backing the visitors to win at 2.25, with Leganes out at 3.40 to do the same – a draw comes in slightly lower, at 3.20.

And in a closely fought contest, we are expecting Sevilla to take the spoils. A 2-1 win for the away side comes in at 9.00, while you could more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game t a price of 2.10.

La Liga round 17 fixtures:

Friday, 21 December

(2.80) Girona x Getafe (2.75); draw (3.00)

(1.75) Real Sociedad x Alaves (5.00); draw (3.50)

Saturday, 22 December

(1.80) Real Betis x Eibar (4.50); draw (3.75)

(1.40) Atletico Madrid x Espanyol (10.00); draw (4.00)

(1.12) Barcelona x Celta Vigo (21.00); draw (9.00)

(1.75) Athletic Bilbao x Valladolid (5.00); draw (3.40)

Sunday, 23 December

(1.40) Valencia x Huesca (8.00); draw (4.75)

(3.40) Leganes x Sevilla (2.25); draw (3.20)

(2.10) Rayo Vallecano x Levante (3.40); draw (3.60)

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