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Alaves Look To Go Top With Victory At Leganes





Meanwhile, champions Barcelona head to Atletico Madrid and Sevilla welcome Valladolid


It is getting very congested at the top of Spain’s La Liga, with several sides vying for top spot in the 13th round of matches this coming weekend. First of all, Alaves can go first – temporarily at least – while Barcelona head to Atletico Madrid and Sevilla welcome Valladolid, also with the chance to jump to the top of the pile with three points.


First things first

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Where should I be investing my money?

First up, struggling Leganes host high-flying Alaves this coming Friday night (23 November). Alaves sit third in the table having won over half of their league games so far this season, and are only a point behind current league leaders Barcelona, meaning that three points in this clash would see them go into first place.


Leganes, in stark contrast, have been struggling this term, and sit in the relegation zone having collected just 10 points from 12 games played to date. The side has not won in five matches across all competitions and cannot be relishing this new challenge.


Despite that poor form, it is Leganes who come into this match as the favourites to pick up a much needed win. You can more than double your money by backing the home side to take all three points at 2.15 while Alaves, despite their recent form, are out at 3.80 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.10, according to Oddsshark.


And we are expecting the visitors to record the win. A 2-1 victory for Alaves is priced competitively at 13.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment – you could also more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 2.50.


Atletico out to upset Barcelona

The following day, Atletico Madrid host defending champions Barcelona looking to move above the Catalan giants with a win. Atletico are currently third in the table and have lost just once in the league so far this season.


Barcelona may well be top of the pile, just as they expect to be, but there have been signs that they can be beaten this term. They have already lost twice in the league thus far and are leaking goals at an alarming rate of 1.5 goals per game – hardly championship winning form.


Nevertheless, it is Barça who come into this key clash as the favourites to score one over their title rivals. You can more than double your money by backing the visitors to win on the road at 2.37 while Atletico, despite home advantage, are out at 3.10 to collect what would be a key triumph – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 3.30.


And we are expecting Atletico to make home advantage count. A narrow, 1-0 win for the club from the capital is priced at 9.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$47.50 pay out, while a combo bet of an Atletico win and a “No” to both teams scoring comes in at 5.50.


Sevilla could also go top

And finally, on the Sunday, Sevilla could also have the chance, depending on other results, to go top if they beat Valladolid at home. Sevilla currently sit second in the standings, a point behind Barcelona, and are scoring at an impressive rate of two goals per game – only Barcelona are currently outscoring them.


Valladolid, by way of comparison, sit seventh in the table, just three points behind Real Madrid. Their biggest problem so far this season has been scoring goals, with the team currently scoring at just 0.75 goals per game.


It is therefore of little surprise that it is Sevilla who are the overwhelming favourites to take all three points in this one. The home side are at just 1.40 to win this one, while Valladolid are all the way out at 8.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.75.


A comfortable, 2-0 win for the home side comes in at 7.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$37.50 pay out. You could also more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game at 2.37.


La Liga round 13 fixtures:


Friday, 23 November

(2.15) Leganes x Alaves (3.80); draw (3.10)


Saturday, 24 November

(6.00) Eibar x Real Madrid (1.53); draw (4.33)

(1.44) Valencia x Rayo Vallecano (7.50); draw (4.50)

(3.10) Atletico Madrid x Barcelona (2.37); draw (3.30)


Sunday, 25 November

(2.05) Athletic Bilbao x Getafe (3.90); draw (3.30)

(1.40) Sevilla x Valladolid (8.00); draw (4.75)

(1.66) Espanyol x Girona (5.75); draw (3.60)

(2.20) Villarreal x Real Betis (3.30); draw (3.40)


Monday, 26 November

(1.85) Real Sociedad x Celta Vigo (4.20); draw (3.75)


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“I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports,” the appointment letter dated August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, reads in part.

As special assistant on sports, Amokachi is expected to advise the President on all sports matters.

The former Everton of England forward, who was earlier in the year named Nigeria’s Football Ambassador, is expected to mentor youngsters and promote the game at the grassroots.

Nicknamed “The Bull”, Amokachi began his career in Kaduna with Ranchers Bees Football Club of Kaduna, played for Club Brugge of Belgium, Besiktas of Turkey, Everton of England and Colorado Rapids.

He played in two World Cup finals, USA 1994 and France 1998. He was a member of Nigeria’s 1994 African Cup of Nations winning team and won the 2013 edition in South Africa as assistant to the late Coach Stephen Keshi.

Amockachi also won Gold with team Nigeria in the Football event of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

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“I’m happy to confirm that I’ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year,” the 33-year-old world number one tweeted.

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NFF President Amaju Pinnick made this known during an interview on a radio programme Sports Salsa, which was aired on Kennis 104.1 FM on Wednesday.

Okwaraji died of congestive heart failure minutes after he slumped during a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola on August 12, 1989, inside the main-bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the Eagles.

“Someone made a proposal about retiring the jersey (No.6) at the start of the year and I think it is not too much for us to do that,” Pinnick said.

“I will forward the proposal to the executive committee for implementation because it has been said already. So, we will see how we can retire that shirt in honour of a great patriot (Samuel) Okwaraji.

“His (Okwaraji) death was very tragic because he was a player who showed dexterity, professionalism and maturity each time he played for the Eagles.”

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