Lays of the Weekend: Euro dreams drive Real Sociedad

16May 2013



With fixtures running a little thin on the domestic front, Christian Crowther goes Iberian for his lays this weekend...


Lay Sevilla to beat Real Sociedad @ 2.16

Real Sociedad are the surprise package in the race for Champions League football in La Liga. As they travel to Sevilla, it looks to be a straight fight between them and regular European heavyweights Valencia to see who can finish in that coveted fourth spot, currently occupied by Sociedad courtesy of their head-to-head supremacy. A shock loss to Getafe two matches back ended a remarkable run of 15 games without losing, though this is a hard team to beat. With a fixture against Real Madrid to come next, they'll be targeting three points here against mid-table Sevilla, whom they defeated 2-1 earlier in the season. After a topsy-turvy campaign, the home team's quest to secure European football themselves may be determined by whether Malaga's European ban is maintained.


Lay Zaragoza to beat Athletic Bilbao 1.93

Seven points separate Zaragoza, hovering precariously above the drop zone, from their visitors Athletic Bilbao in 14th with three games left in the La Liga season. After going on a tormenting run of 15 games without winning, the hosts understandably dropped right to the foot of the Spanish top flight. However, since that low ebb, three subsequent games, in which they have collected seven points, have lifted them out of the relegation spots. Despite turning that corner, they will come up against stiff opposition in Athletic, themselves currently on a four-match unbeaten run that they'll be in no hurry to surrender. One of those results was a draw against champions Barcelona and the Bilbao outfit haven't lost to any other current bottom-half sides since the beginning of February.


Lay Nacional to beat Academica @ 2.04

Neither of these sides can claim to have had particularly memorable campaigns in the Portuguese top flight. For hosts Nacional, the only carrot dangling in this last league game of the season is the remote possibility of finishing in the top half though, given the other final fixtures, that's highly unlikely to materialise. Nacional have lost three of their last five games as they entertain an Academica side which defeated them 2-1 earlier in the season. Their visitors arrive in great form too, having peeled away from danger by taking seven points from the last nine available, and will be aiming to maintain their recent unbeaten run until the curtain close.



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Keywords: Lays of the Weekend, Euro, Real Sociedad

Source: Betfair

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