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Weekend Primera Division Tips: Plenty of goals for Real Madrid at home to Sporting Gijon

Weekend Primera Division Tips: Plenty of goals for Real Madrid at home to Sporting Gijon

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Our resident Spanish football expert Phil Kitromilides is back with three more selections including a win by three goals or more for Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid v Sporting Gijon: Real Madrid -2.5 13/20 (1.65) Bet365

The sad demise of Sporting has been an achingly melancholy spectacle over the last few weeks. A team which in the past could always be relied upon to play with ferocious spirit has recently been desperately devoid of any such passion.

However, they did show a flash of the old Sporting soul in coming from behind to claim a win over Levante in midweek, and while coach Javier Clemente remains unpopular and unrepentant in equal measure, the team from Gijon are still in with a mathematical chance of avoiding relegation.

But the last thing they need is a trip to the Santiago Bernabeu, where Real Madrid have been rampant this season. With the chance to extend their lead over Barcelona to seven points with a win, Los Blancos will be confident of bouncing back from their failure to score in their last home game and putting a few goals past the worst away defence in the division.

Rayo Vallecano v Atletico Madrid: Over 2.5 goals 4/5 (1.8
0) Bet365

Atletico Madrid spent €40 million on Radamel Falcao last summer. It is doubtful whether Rayo's cumulative expenditure on transfers during their entire history of existence has reached that level.

They may share a city but these two sides have vastly different budgets, histories and expectations. Yet only two points separate them in the table.

Given their firepower Atleti should probably score more goals, six of their last eight games have gone over 2.5, while Rayo have seen three goals or more in eight of their last 10 matches, and put six past Osasuna in their last home encounter. There should be goals here, and they are offered at a very solid price, too.

Malaga v Real Sociedad: Both teams to score 8/11 (1.72) Bet365

Malaga have been both frustrating and fascinating this season, yet remain in with an excellent chance of claiming a place in the Champions League. Their weak spot remains their defence and more specifically their inability to keep clean sheets at home.

Three clean sheets in their last 18 home matches is not a statistic traditionally associated with sides hoping to compete in Europe's top club competition, and Sociedad have scored in seven of their last nine away matches including at the Bernabeu and Camp Nou. This is a match Malaga should win but more likely than not they will concede in doing so.

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid, you can also follow Phil on Twitter