Before the Round – Spain La Liga Round 2 (20-21/08/2022)

    Before the Round – Spain La Liga Round 2 (20-21/08/2022)
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    La Liga heads into matchday No. 2 as big-spenders Barcelona look for a first win. Current league leaders Real Betis will hope to post a second straight victory to remain at the top of the standings. Meanwhile, Cadiz are seeking a first win of the season.

     

    CA Osasuna - Cadiz CF

    Osasuna will welcome Cadiz to El Sadar in Pamplona on Saturday. This is a six-point match as both sides are expected to be in the lower half of the table come the end of the campaign. Osasuna have a brilliant 5W-1D-0L record against Cadiz in their last six games in all competitions.

    Cadiz started the new campaign with a 1-0 loss at home to Real Sociedad. Four of the 10 games played on opening day resulted in wins for the away side. Cadiz will hope this trend can continue and help them gain all three points.

    Osasuna picked up a shock 2-1 win against Sevilla at home. Los Rojillos are playing a second straight match at El Sadar where they will get strong backing from supporters.

    • In their last 7 games in La Liga, CA Osasuna have recorded only 1 win.
    • There have been under 2.5 goals in Cadiz CF's last 3 La Liga games.
    • CA Osasuna have won all of their last 6 matches against Cadiz CF in La Liga.
    • There have been under 2.5 goals in Cadiz CF's last 3 La Liga games.
    • Prediction: CA Osasuna @ 2.05

     

    Real Mallorca - Real Betis

    Mallorca host current league leaders Real Betis on matchday No. 2. The Islanders have failed to win any of their last six games in all competitions against Real Betis.

    Real Betis outscored Mallorca 11-7 in the teams’ last six head-to-head matches. Mallorca was able to get a 1-1 draw the last time these teams played on the island. Betis defeated Elche 3-0 on opening day.

    Now, Real Betis are aiming for another win against a side that is expected to battle relegation. Mallorca began the new season with a dull nil-nil draw with Athletic Bilbao.

    • Real Mallorca haven't suffered any defeats in 10 of their 11 most recent home meetings with Real Betis in La Liga.
    • Real Betis haven't lost at half time in any of their last 13 matches in La Liga.
    • In their last 12 games in La Liga, Real Betis have recorded 10 undefeated encounters.
    • Real Betis have defeated Real Mallorca in just 1 of their last 11 away meetings in La Liga.
    • Prediction: Real Betis @ 2.50

     

    Athletic Bilbao - Valencia CF

    Athletic Bilbao host Valencia at San Mames as both teams seek a first win to the new season. The trend between these teams is draws. Five of the last six games between Athletic and Valencia finished as stalemates.

    Valencia go into matchday No. 2 following a 1-0 win against newly-promoted Girona. Despite the turnover of players, Gennaro Gattuso got a first win thanks to a Carlos Soler penalty.

    • Athletic Bilbao played out a bore nil-nil draw with Mallorca. This will be Athletic’s second straight home match.
    • Athletic Bilbao have succeeded in keeping a clean sheet in their most recent 4 home La Liga games.
    • Valencia CF are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 encounters with Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.
    • Athletic Bilbao have not been beaten in 9 of their 10 most recent home matches in La Liga.
    • Prediction: Over 2.5 goals @ 2.00

     

    Real Sociedad - FC Barcelona

    Barcelona’s big spending didn’t help them against tiny Rayo Vallecano on opening day. The Blaugrana drew nil-nil and nearly lost the game thanks to a late counter-attack from Rayo.

    Now, Barcelona face a tricky trip to Real Sociedad. Barcelona have a strong head-to-head record against Real Sociedad with six wins from the last six games.

    Real Sociedad will believe this could be their time to finally defeat Barcelona. Sociedad bagged all three points against Cadiz thanks to a goal from Takefusa Kubo in the first half.

    • Real Sociedad have suffered 5 losses in a row in their clashes with FC Barcelona (La Liga).
    • FC Barcelona are on an unbeaten run of 15 away games in their La Liga participation.
    • Real Sociedad have defeated FC Barcelona in just 1 of their last 7 home league games.
    • FC Barcelona are on a fortunate run against Real Sociedad, which consists of 4 wins at HT/FT (La Liga).
    • Prediction: Under 2.5 goals @ 2.10