Betting tips on La Liga

Even at this stage of the La Liga season, Barcelona have effectively wrapped up the title, as they currently sit eleven points clear of the team in second place. What this means is that betting on the winners of the La Liga title has virtually ended, with Barca having odds of 1/150 to win it at most of the sports betting sites.

Instead people are now looking at the race to secure second place in the league, which is a straightforward battle between Atletico and Real Madrid; but which of these represents the best bet?

ALVES BACKS ATLETICO

In an unusual season in the Spanish la Liga, Atletico Madrid are currently second in the table and are ahead of their arch rivals Real Madrid. Even though they are several points behind the leaders Barcelona, the defender Dani Alves has said that it is Atletico Madrid who are their main title contenders this season rather than Real Madrid.

After winning the title last season, Madrid have been unable to build on the success this time around and have fallen 16 points behind Barcelona. Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, have been able to build on the arrival of Radamel Falcao and are currently second in the table.

NO COMPLACENCY

The Barcelona defender Dani Alves has said that his teammates should not get complacent after opening a massive advantage in the league table. Barcelona have been sensational under the new manager Tito Vilanova.

They have so far dropped only two points in the league all season, while they are unbeaten in the league as well. This coupled with the several problems within their arch rivals Real Madrid meant that they currently have a 15 point advantage in the table. Hence, there has been a suggestion that Barcelona might relax their approach in the forthcoming games.

ALVES LOVES CLEAN SHEETS

The Barcelona defender Dani Alves has said that he is extremely happy with the clean sheet kept in with the team in the recent Champions League match against Spartak Moscow.

Barcelona managed a 3-0 victory in the match, which was one of their first clean sheets after a long time. Even though the team has been hugely successful under the new manager Tito Vilanova in terms of getting the results, they have not been solid at the back due to a number of injury problems. However, the game against Spartak Moscow finished as a good victory for Barcelona in every sense.

ALVES BACK TO FITNESS

The defender of Barcelona, Daniel Alves, has recovered from his thigh injury and he is expected to feature for Barcelona in the match against Rayo Vallecano which is going to be played at Estadio Teresa Rivero on Saturday. Alves has not played in the last two matches for Barcelona because of the injury in his left thigh. Alves had discovered that injury while playing in the match against Real Madrid on 7th of October.

Barcelona hasn’t got the services of its regular first team defenders in the last few games. Carlos Puyol has been out of the team due to the elbow injury, while, Gerard Pique hasn’t been playing due to the foot injury. Alves also injured himself in the match against Madrid two weeks back. Because of the absence of these players, Barcelona struggled with its defense in the last few matches. Barca conceded seven goals in its last three matches. So, the return of Alves is definitely great news for the Barcelona camp.

ALVES STICKS UP FOR YOUNGSTERS

The Barcelona defender Dani Alves has said that the Brazilian fans should not be criticising the team if they have a bad performance. Instead, they should at least be praising and encouraging the youngsters within the squad.

Brazil will be hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As a result, there is a lot of pressure in the football crazy nation for them to lift the trophy in their own backyard. Dani Alves acknowledges that it certainly will not be easy especially given that the home support, which is expected to provide a lot of stick if something goes wrong, will not be able to motivate them.

Dani Alves unhappy with Barcelona

The 29 year old right back, who has been a key member of the Blaugrana team since joining from Sevilla for £23 million in 2008, has publicly stated his unhappiness with the club for not moving to deny any speculation that he would leave the club.

Following the Catalan side’s failure to reclaim their Champions League crown after being knocked out in the semi-finals by eventual winners Chelsea, the Brazilian was reported to be on the way out of the club having allegedly had a number of bust-ups with then manager Pep Guardiola.

Big spending Manchester City were the side thought to have the most realistic prospect of signing Alves, with firstly a £28 million bid then a player plus cash deal involving Aleksander Kolarov touted in the media.

ALVES UNHAPPY WITH RUMOURS

The Barcelona right back Dani Alves has criticised the supporting staff at the Catalan club for bringing up rumours regarding his future. The 28-year-old former Sevilla right back was one of the first signings of the Guardiola era.

He has been instrumental in helping Barcelona lifted the 14 trophies they have acquired the last four seasons. However, there have been recent rumours that Dani Alves could be interested in a new challenge, with many Russian clubs keen on signing him. The Brazilian international has been having a niggling injury prior to the start of the pre-season, but he has revealed that he is fit and ready to start the pre-season.

ALVES WANTS BARCA STAY

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has confirmed that he wants to remain at the club till the end of this current contract. The Brazilian defender has been linked with a move away from Barcelona after a dip in his performances lately.

The former Sevilla defender was dropped for the second leg encounter against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final. It was a match that Barcelona managed to draw 2-2. As a result, they were eliminated from the Champions League.

Following the exit from the Champions League, Barcelona manager Guardiola announced his decision to step down from his post. Dani Alves was signed by Guardiola, which has sparked rumours that he might leave at the end of the season.

DANI PLAYS MIND-GAMES

The mind games between Barcelona and Chelsea have begun ahead of the meeting between the two clubs in the semi-final of the Champions League, as Barcelona defender Dani Alves has said that it was the lack of courage within Chelsea that was the reason for their elimination from the highly controversial 2009 Champions League.

A stoppage time goal from Iniesta enabled Barcelona to go into the final at the expense of Chelsea on away goals, but the London club were clearly denied at least four good penalty shouts. However, Dani Alves has said that Barcelona players can do nothing about the refereeing decisions, but they managed to go to the next round because of their will to win.

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