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Strike it rich with AS English LaLiga matchday 5 predictions

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Málaga -Eibar (Tuesday 20:00) Prediction: draw

The home side are without a win so far this season and Juande Ramos' employers were probably expecting a better return from the new coach's first four games than two draws, two losses and three goals scored. Defeats to Villarreal and Las Palmas in his las

Sevilla - Betis (Tuesday 22:00) Prediction: home win

For football purists there is nothing quite like the Seville derby. For the red and white and green and white halves of the city, beating the other is traditionally the pinnacle of the season. That has been more the case for Betis than Sevilla of late, wh

Celta - Sporting (Wednesday 20:00) Prediction: home win

Celta have been awful so far this season and it cannot be purely blamed on the effect of losing Nolito -- the tricky forward had half a foot out the door for most of last season and a lengthy injury layoff. Something else is rotten in the state of Balaído

Real Madrid - Villarreal (Wednesday 20:00) Prediction: home win

Real have managed pretty well without their injury absences this season and remain the only side with a perfect record. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale should be available for selection but James Rodríguez and Karim Benzema proved yet again on a far fro

Barcelona - Atlético (Wednesday 22:00) Prediction: home win

Since Barcelona's surprise home defeat by Alavés two weekends ago, Luis Suárez, Leo Messi and Neymar have banged in 10 goals and assisted nine in two games -- a 7-0 thrashing of an out-of-their depth Celtic and a 5-1 drubbing of a so-far decent Leganés in

Real Sociedad - Las Palmas (Wednesday 22:00) Prediction: home win

AS English's resident La Real expert always draws air sharply through his teeth in the manner of a plumber examining a leaky u-bend when the pick for Sociedad comes in (and he's often right) but this week, we're going with the Txuriurdin. Las Palmas have

Granada - Athletic (Wednesday 22:00) Prediction: away win

Athletic have won their last two on the spin and while Ernesto Valverde's side have struggled for goals, they have also conceded fewer than the majority of sides. There won't be much in the way of onion bag action in Los Cármenes but what there is will li

Deportivo - Leganés (Thursday 20:00) Prediction: draw

Deportivo have failed to find the back of the net since the opening weekend but Gaizka Garitano has done at Riazor what he achieved at Ipurua and shored up the back line to the extent that his side have the joint second-best defensive record in the league

Osasuna - Espanyol (Thursday 20:00) Prediction: draw

Espanyol set the bar high for going down swinging on the opening weekend in a 6-4 loss at the Sánchez Pizjuán but in Seville pretty much everything Quique Sánchez Flores' side hit at least troubled the keeper: 10 attempts, seven on target. Since then 22 a

Valencia - Alavés (Thursday 22:00) Prediction: home win

Any Spanish station that cheekily signed up either Gary or Phil Neville for a few thoughts on Valencia this season would be guaranteed half a chuckle. Rock bottom of La Liga, Los Che are the only Liga club with zero points at this stage and the idea that