Saturday, January 1, 2011

La Liga returns, and Old Firm match-up

Man Utd scraped out a win, just like I was mentioning in my preview. If there is a current worry in the Mancunian side right now is the absence of 2 of their more enterprising players in Nani and Ji-Sung Park. It remains interesting to see if they can continue to eke out results without their dangerous wide men.

La Liga resumes on Sunday, and mighty Barcelona is back at home to Levante. It will just be a matter of how soon Barcelona can get back into their rhythm after the winter break. Will it take 45 minutes? or more? A few things of concern with the Blaugrana; their regular centre-backs Pique and Puyol won't play. Messi might not play as he just returned from Argentina. For sceptics, Barcelona have also lost points in past seasons after the winter break. Still, they should not lose to Levante, and although they will most probably win it at the end, a draw-no-bet on Guardiola's men is the safest option and is recommended.

In the Scottish League, Rangers host Celtic in what should be another explosive encounter. I mentioned before that the quality of SPL is very low compared to previous years. The current Rangers and Celtic teams would have trouble matching up with their predecessors. Although their home form of late has been patchy, I don't think Rangers will lose on Sunday. They should in fact prevail in this encounter, and take a big step towards winning the title. Based on form, this Celtic side is very exposed, and a draw-no-bet on Rangers is recommended.

Draw-no-bet: Barcelona, Rangers

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