Lae Snax Tigers beat Hagen Eagles in trial match

first_imgIn a trial match played by the two contenders of the 2016 Digicel Cup, Tigers wasted no time running over the line three times to lead 14-0 in the first quarter.Eagles regrouped and came back strong in the second quarter, scoring a try and keeping the visitors scoreless.The halftime score was Tigers 14, Eagles 4.With local crowd support into the third quarter, the Eagles put more pressure with hard tackles, stopping their opponents and allowing themselves a four pointer.Tigers also collected four points,  bringing the score to 20-10 in their favour.The Eagles scored another successfully converted try in the final quarter, keeping their hopes alive.But the Tigers sealed the game with a final try with the full time score 24-16.The match was witnessed by PNGNRL Administrator Stanley Hondina, officials of the PNG Referees Association, WHP Government representatives and Hagen League officials.Eagles will host Whagi Tumbe when the 2016 Digicel Cup season-proper starts on April 17 while the Tigers will be on bye.Photo: Pictured is Tigers captain Charlie Simon (right) and team mates cooling off after the trial match at Rabiamul.last_img read more

Will Eagles soar anew?

first_img“Our defense just didn’t do its job and the physicality of the game, I think, was something we’re not used to,” he pointed out. “It hasn’t been that way the whole UAAP and we have to adjust. I think that we failed to [adjust] throughout the course of the game.”UP’s clamp-down limited Ateneo center Angelo Kouame to just seven points. .“But certainly, I was proud of the fact that we stuck to the task and we got to the finish line for the first half,” he added. “This is only half of [the battle]. I was very impressed with the way [UP] played. We can’t expect anything less on Wednesday from them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Countdown to SEA Games begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP Finals curtain-raiser between Ateneo and University of the Philippines exceeded nearly everyone’s expectations that even Eagles coach Tab Baldwin was kept on the edge of his seat.“Tough game, tough game,” he told the press shortly after Ateneo’s Game 1 victory on Saturday night. “I think that the outcome was in doubt probably up until the last couple of minutes.”ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Baldwin and the defending champion Blue Eagles have a chance to wrap up another shiny new trophy when they go for the jugular of the Fighting Maroons at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.A lot of Ateneo’s ability to wrap up the series lies on the state of Bright Akhuetie’s injured knee. The hulking Maroons big man looked like he hyperextended his left knee in the third period of Game 1—he actually had to be stretchered out of the court—but managed to return in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAkhuetie, who gives UP a much-needed inside presence, looks to be day-to-day. But the good news?“He practiced with us today (Tuesday),” said UP coach Bo Perasol. “We will check on him again [on Wednesday].” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ But if Game 1 was any indication, regardless of how Akhuetie feels on game day, UP isn’t going down without a fight.After a blistering start by the Eagles that would have left most opponents winded, the Maroons found an extra gear and trimmed a 12-point lead to one. More importantly, in the third period, when Ateneo usually leaves its foes choking on leftover exhaust, UP stayed faithful to its moniker, and kept the Eagles within touching distance.It was only in the fourth period when Thirdy Ravena and Matt Nieto dismissed UP for good—Ravena flirted with a triple-double while Nieto posted a career-best scoring output.“If there’s one takeaway here, it’s that it’s possible to beat Ateneo,” Perasol said. “The boys showed that with a little tweak in defense and a little more rest, they can give Ateneo [a run for] their money.And Baldwin, the architect of a 13-1 season last year that culminated in a title, also had something to say about his team’s defense.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Save the Children Recommits to Ebola Fight

first_imgSave the Children, a humanitarian organization based in the United Kingdom (UK), has renewed its support to Liberia in the ongoing Ebola crisis.The organization made the commitment when a three-member delegation, headed by former Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods, paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office over the weekend.The delegation included interim country director-Liberia, Greg Ramm and Sabine Copinga, from Save the Children, Netherlands.Briefing the President about the organization’s contribution to the Ebola fight, Mr. Ramm said Save the Children constructed an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Suakoko, Bong County and is currently constructing another in Kakata Margibi County.Mr. Ramm disclosed that Save the Children continues to sponsor anti-Ebola radio messages to encourage Liberians to stick to the instructions given by health authorities for fear that reversing the new behaviors would undermine the gains made in the Ebola fight.Prior to the Ebola outbreak, Save the Children has been contributing to the health sector, especially in the promotion of maternal and new born health. The organization has constructed numerous schools throughout the country.As a further demonstration of partnership with Liberia in the Ebola crisis, the interim country director disclosed that a shipment of assorted anti-Ebola materials is expected to arrive in the country soon.The materials were donated by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.Mr. Ramm also expressed his organization’s concern about regular health care especially for children and promised additional funding for that initiative.  He also pledged his organization’s continued support for orphans victimized by the Ebola outbreak.Mr. Ramm said he is pleased with President Sirleaf’s new law placing the Bureau of Social Welfare and Children under the Ministry of Gender.According to him, the new Gender Ministry will further help his organization to reach out expeditiously to children and their welfare.  He said that too much time was lost dealing with two Ministries – Gender and Health – which in the past hampered his organizations outreach to children.President Sirleaf said that the Kingdom of the Netherlands had always been helpful to Liberia in good and bad times. She expressed thanks and appreciation, on behalf of the Liberian people.She reiterated her call for a more inclusive community level approach in the Ebola fight. She wants the community-based approach expanded and the number of participants increased in order to continue to identify and report sick people in those communities.Save the Children was founded in 1919 to improve the lives of children through better education, healthcare and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war and other conflicts.The organization which has been operating in Liberia for more than 20 years, works with children in over 120 countries. Its primary focus is to save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potential.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Current state of affairs prevailing at the four closed sugar estates

first_imgDear Editor,Guyanese, especially the dismissed sugar workers, are deeply worried about the current state of affairs prevailing at the four closed sugar estates: Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and Enmore. Some of these worrying issues are the progress made on the privatisation process, the current state of the closed estates and the investments in the three remaining estates.These workers were made redundant without any prospects of alternative employment and they had earnestly hoped that privatisation would have opened some windows of opportunities for re-employment but with the Wales Estate closing its doors in late 2016 and the others in late 2017, unfortunately, their expectations are waning as the days uneventfully slip by. President Granger had promised them that “…we are also going to work…to make sure that the workers…are given a soft landing”. But it seems that the ‘landing’ was so ‘soft’ that there was no change in the pain, sufferings, trials and tribulations which the sugar workers have been undergoing and the coalition Government continues to be oblivious to them. These sugar workers are expendable! Over 70 letters of interest for privatisation were received and in November, 10 bids were received and PricewaterhouseCoopers was supposed to make recommendations to National Industrial and Commercial Investment Ltd (NICIL) and thence to Cabinet for the final decision. Until now, there is no feedback on the progress of this part of the process. I wish to submit that there was no strong intention to privatise or to make GuySuCo profitable, it was an excuse to further squander monies, provide fodder for corruption and to destroy the support base of the PPP. It is unimaginable to fathom the extent to which this coalition can go. The dismissed workers are more convinced about this than ever before!Moreover, the current deplorable and damaged state of these estates would accentuate and add credibility to this perception. There is an abundance of evidence available which will prove that these closed estates were simply abandoned and the machinery and equipment are being sold off as though they are the personal properties of certain individuals attached to the Special Purpose Unit of NICIL. Furthermore, billions of dollars of sugarcanes are now permanently destroyed and beyond salvage since there is no possibility that these canes can ever produce any sugar or molasses. Vital infrastructures are falling apart. In addition, equipment in good condition worth millions is sold as scrap at certain locations. For example, at Rose Hall Estate, working tractors were sold as scrap to a contractor employed by the SPU. There is massive corruption going on and some GuySuCo Managers are aware of this but are afraid to speak out since the SPU has total control over the closed estates. I will not be surprised when the time comes that these closed estates are not sold and remain inoperable. This fiasco reminds me of Humpty Dumpty and the kings’ men.Another fact which points to the coalition’s lack of intent to make GuySuCo profitable is that fact that despite accessing a $30 billion syndicated loan to install 2 co-generation plants, upgrade the 3 operational factories to produce plantation white sugar, expand the storage and packing facilities and offset some operational costs, little or nothing has been done. Can you imagine that a $30 billion loan was acquired without any feasibility study being done? Only a few months ago a feasibility study was done! This coalition Government always seems to put the “cart before the horse”. It must now be submitted that these investments will never take place in the near future, once again banishing the hopes of the sugar workers and destroying the possibility of making GuySuCo profitable again.The closure of these estates created an unprecedented economic tsunami, over 7000 sugar workers were dismissed, haemorrhaging the economy by over $118 billion, reducing production by nearly 50 per cent, losing nearly the same amount in foreign exchange and creating a multitude of social problems. All of this just to save a wage bill of $5 billion. However, I must compliment Minister Holder, who had said that it will take a capital investment of $12 billion to make GuySuCo operable but the coalition, through the SPU, thought differently. What a disgrace that after four years in Government, the problems in GuySuCo are getting further away from any solutions. The opportunity cost is simply devastating. No finance Minister in his right frame of mind would have made such a gigantic blunder, it’s not economics, simply coalition politics.In conclusion, the coalition spin doctor, Moses Nagamootoo, had tried to sell dreams to the sugar workers when he bluffed them that, “We want you to have confidence that we will not abandon you, we will not let you loose and we will work on all fronts to bring about some benefits so you can start meaningful activities in your life for your family”. Indeed, the sugar workers were “abandoned” and “let loose” and today his silence speaks volumes!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

Nurse found dead at Mahdia hostel

first_imgSchenise AppleA 26-year-old nurse of was found dead at a hostel at Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).Dead is Schenise Apple of Lot 323 Block 22, Linden, Region 10.Reports are Apple, who is a nurse at the Mahdia Hospital, was last seen on Tuesday morning after completing the night shift.Guyana Times understands that she retreated to the nurses’ hostel. Speaking with Guyana Times, another nurse said that no one saw Apple during the day but that was nothing strange.“It is normal when you finish the night shift to sleep most of the day. So after no one saw her, we didn’t take it for anything,” a nurse told this publication.However, at about 18:15h, another colleague enquired about Apple and it was then that they visited the hostel and found her body. It is suspected that the woman committed suicide since she was allegedly found hanging in her room. The Police were notified and the woman’s body was removed. The Police have since launched an investigation.When contacted, Apple’s family in Linden said that they last spoke with her on Sunday and everything seemed fine. Apple is said to be the niece of Sherwin Apple who was killed some time ago after he was implicated in the alleged rape of the Linden minor which was caught on video.Persons who feel like they are at risk of harming themselves or are in need of emotional help should call the ‘Suicide Helpline’ on Telephone numbers (+592) 223-0001, 223-0009, 600-7896, 623-4444, or Email: guyagency@yahoo.com; Twitter: guyanaagency, WhatsApp: +592-600-7896, 592- 623-4444; FaceBook: Guyana Interagency Suicide Prevention Help Line.last_img read more

Spring Run-off top finishers

first_img1st female Lisa Verbisky (One minute and 20 seconds difference from estimated time prior to race) 2nd Erin Connell (1:34) 3rd Tammy Danshin (1:48) 1st male Tim Danshin (15.9 sec) 2nd Asher Klassen (39.2) Advertisement No males 5 Km recreational Walk 16 females, recreational times ranging from 47:16 to 1:02 3 males, recreational times ranging from 51:27 to 1:02:32 Advertisement 3rd Kelly Ziebarb (1:05) 10km (17 to 19 yrs old) 1st Male Chris Ward 41:47 1st female Jenny Kleininger 44:41 2nd female Mandy Matier 52:46 3rd female Robyn Bonner 53:40 10km (20 to 34 yr old) 1st male Thomas Ridgeway 49:04 2nd Andrew Seidl 49:46 3rd Russ Wilson 55:31 1st female Lori Leduc 41:33 2nd Rebecca Pimm 45:11 3rd Nelda Anderson 50:16 10km (35-49 yr old) 1st male Trevor Kolkea 34:40 2nd Chris Garwah 41:25 3rd Eric Wolf 41:50 1st female Lisa Boda 46:17 2nd Kelly Mcintyre 47:26 3rd Melissa Bryant 47:50 10km (50 plus) no females 1st male Cal White 48:34 2nd Owen Giebelhaus 53:44 3rd Ben Mitchell Banks 55:41 The winner of the TRIP FOR TWO to the Sun Run on April 19th in Vancouver, was ERIN CONNELL, from Wanham, Alberta. Thanks to the many volunteers including Link Snieder, Kathryn Fairweather, Lisa Verbisky, Barb Polehoykie, Keith Koebel, Barb Fletcher, Tony Atkins and Dean Lowry. And thanks to Gord Harris for submitting the info. A list of top finishers in the Sub-Zero Running Club’s Spring Run-off, on Sunday afternoon. 1 Km race (10yrs and under) 1st Male Ty Haugan 7:58 – Advertisement -1st Female Bailey Haugan 6:39 3Km race (11 to 16) 1st Female Karissa McNutt 14:34 Advertisement 5km competitive Walk (no males) 1st female Paola Rodriguez 37:04 2nd Joelle Mickey 40:44 3rd Julie Bouck 41:03 5km Estimated Time (time diff from estimate) NO WATCHES ON Advertisementlast_img read more

I couldn’t sleep for four days – Tuyisenge

first_img“I couldn’t sleep. Every time I was thinking of this game especially because last year we came close but couldn’t achieve it. I was very anxious about everything and all I wanted was to come to the pitch and fight for the badge, fight to see the team qualify,” Tuyisenge, with a smile brandished all over his face told Capital Sport.The Rwandese, bought by Gor at the beginning of the 2016 season for a reported record fee of Sh4mn showed nerves of steel to step forward and slam home the penalty in the wake of pressure and a huge numerical disadvantage.And he showed his passion with a wild celebration, nearly bursting into tears as he wheeled down the left flank to leap in celebration.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge wheels away in celebration after scoring the lone goal in the club’s 1-0 win over Angola’s Petro Atletico in a CAF Confederations Cup Group D clash at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on March 17, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“I have played tough games in my life, I have scored goals, but none can compare to this. As a team, our aim was to go there and make history and see the team in the quarter finals. We believed and we ensured it happened,” Tuyisenge added.He has also lavished praise on the club’s fans who turned out in large numbers, braving the Kasarani cold to cheer the side on as they chased history.“I want to thank the fans for their support because if they were not there, what we achieved today would not have been possible. They came in handy especially when we were nine men down. Whenever you felt the slightest hint of fatigue and you heard their voice on the stands, you got the energy to play on,” he said.Adding; “For us strikers, we got the energy to run up and down to defend and try get a goal at all costs and you couldn’t think of giving up because of the fans. You could even say you’d rather leave your all on the pitch than let them down.”A placard by a fan urges Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge to score during their CAF Confederations Cup Group D clash against Angola’s Petro Atletico in a at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on March 17, 2019.The upbeat Tuyisenge now believes the club can go all the way to the final after earning a ticket into the knockout rounds and says more should be expected from the team.“The knockout stage is all about keen planning. If we do our homework well we can achieve anything we want. I am telling you, we can even go to the final,” stated the striker.Gor Mahia will know their quarter final opponent on Wednesday evening when the draw is conducted in Cairo. Group winners (Zamalek, RS Berkane, CS Sfaxien and Al Hilal) have been seeded and will be pooled against second placed teams (Gor, Hassania Agadir, Etoile du Sahel, Nkana).Teams from the same group cannot be paired against each other meaning Gor cannot draw Zamalek in the quarters. They will either face Berkane from Morocco, Tunisia’s Sfaxien or Sudan’s Hilal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge wheels away in celebration after scoring the lone goal in the club’s 1-0 win over Angola’s Petro Atletico in a CAF Confederations Cup Group D clash at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on March 17, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge has revealed he could not sleep for four days prior to the club’s CAF Confederations do-or-die Group D tie against Petro Atletico, saying he couldn’t stop thinking of getting the team into the quarters for the first time ever.Tuyisenge delivered the all important goal, scoring a 56th minute penalty as the nine men of Gor soldiered against the 11 of Petro to sail into the last eight, a historical feat that will forever last in the Rwandese’s memory.last_img read more

Algeria best team at AFCON, says Renard

first_img“I think there will be a lot of observers who will agree with me. I think up until now Algeria have been the best team at this tournament, notably in the match against Senegal where they performed very, very well,” Renard told reporters on Thursday ahead of Morocco’s tie with Benin.“There’s speed and spontaneity, with top quality players, a world-class player in (Riyad) Mahrez, and youngsters like (Youcef) Atal and (Ismael) Bennacer who are doing a remarkable job.”Djamel Belmadi’s Algeria meet Guinea in the last 16 on Sunday and the two North African sides could potentially square off in the final in Cairo on July 19.“The coach (Belmadi) has succeeded in coming up with a good mixture which is not always easy in Algeria, you have to congratulate him,” continued Renard, who is attempting to guide Morocco to a first title in 43 years.“Now from the perspective of the final, we’re only in the last 16. We’re concentrating on our match we have to play tomorrow, ensuring there are no nasty surprises.“We’re just being ourselves and hoping we can move on to the quarter-finals which will an even harder match.”If Morocco go on to win the title, Renard will become the first coach to guide three different teams to victory.The Frenchman took Ivory Coast to the title in 2015, having led outsiders Zambia to a surprise victory three years earlier.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Morocco coach Herve Renard calls the shots during his side’s African Cup of Nations match against South Africa © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 4 – Morocco boss Herve Renard singled out neighbours Algeria as the most impressive team at the Africa Cup of Nations heading into the knockout stages that begin on Friday in Egypt.Both countries qualified for the last 16 after three wins from three group games, but it was the nature of Algeria’s 1-0 victory over title favourites Senegal that caught the eye of two-time title-winning coach Renard.last_img read more

Talking Turkey with UCLA star

first_img “Yeah, I learned to say ‘Merhaba,’ I think that means thank you,” she said. “But I said that for everything. ‘Merhaba’ meant so much stuff.” In which countries would she consider playing? “I would say Russia, because they pay the best,” Willis said. “I’m worried about food everywhere, though.” Also: UCLA’s Ben Kohlloeffel won his third successive men’s tennis title Sunday, beating Pepperdine’s Scott Doerner 6-3, 7-6 (5) at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Indian Wells. Kohlloeffel, who won the ITA Regionals and ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships last fall, received a qualifying wild-card berth for the ATP Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells in March. … The inaugural Pacific-10 rugby championship will be held Saturday and Sunday at UCLA’s North Athletic Field. Top-ranked Cal, which has won 20 of 25 USA Men’s Rugby college titles, is the overwhelming favorite. UCLA is ranked 11th and Washington State 14th. Action begins Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The title game is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. … Pepperdine is the coaches’ pick to win a third successive West Coast Conference baseball title. Loyola Marymount was predicted to finish fourth. … Cal State Northridge was picked to finish last in the Big West Conference baseball race. Cal State Fullerton is the favorite. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! USA Basketball seemed to know what it was doing. Willis has been on a tear this season. The senior guard from Narbonne High of Harbor City broke the Pacific-10 career steals record (317) a little more than a week ago and is second in the conference in scoring (18.6 points per game), behind reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year Candice Wiggins of Stanford (21.6 ppg). So what did Willis pick up in her time overseas that has helped her this season? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I don’t even know what to take from the trip yet, there was just so much,” she said. “I’d never even been out of the country before, except to Tijuana, I guess.” She began the summer with UCLA’s two-week tour of Australia, then headed to Turkey for three weeks with USA Basketball. Willis says her international experience has her thinking about playing overseas when she finishes at UCLA this spring. It also broadened her outlook, although not all of it agreed with her. “The food was not a highlight,” she said. “I’m a very finicky eater in the States, so to go to a foreign country where they couldn’t even tell me if it was beef or steak. … I didn’t eat much except for rice.” She might not have saved any recipes, but she did pick up a little Turkish. center_img It wasn’t so surprising that a UCLA women’s basketball player was chosen to play for the United States at the World University Games last August in Izmir, Turkey. The Bruins possess three of the best guards in the country: Nikki Blue, Noelle Quinn and Lisa Willis. The surprise was that Willis was chosen for the team, ahead of her higher-profile teammates. last_img read more

La Liga: Getafe, Sevilla in top four-clash as Barcelona host Sociedad

first_img Tags: Spanish La Ligatop Deportivo Alavés vs Real ValladolidEstadio de Mendizorroza, Vitoria-GasteizFriday, 19-04-2019 @10pmThe Friday night game this week in La Liga comes from the Basque Country where European hopefuls Alaves entertain relegation threatened Real Valladolid. Neither side is in the best of form but something has to give here and victory would be huge for either team in terms of their respective objectives for the campaign.Alaves were right in Champions League contention a few weeks back but a run of just 1 point from 4 games seems to have ended those dreams. In fairness, Abelardo has been quick to point out all season that they are over-achieving and they don’t really have the kind of quality you’d expect from a top four side. They’ve now also dropped out of the Europa League places but they’d move back to 7th with victory here.Valladolid meanwhile would happily take 17th in a month’s time when the season draws to a close. They slipped into the bottom three last weekend with a deeply frustrating 2-2 draw at home to Getafe. A goal and a man up, they had some golden opportunities to wrap the win up before conceding a 96th minute penalty which Jorge Molina converted to ensure Valladolid would be left with just a single point.With neither side playing well, it’s not an easy match to call but Alaves have been strong at home over the course of the season and they look capable of getting back to winning ways here. The injury absence of Guillermo Maripan has been decisive in their poor run of form. The Chilean centre-back has excelled this season and should start here, having been judged only fit enough for the bench last time out in defeat at Espanyol.Alaves have only lost 2 of their last 16 home league games, which is a measure of the task that Valladolid are faced with here. The visitors haven’t been great travellers since the turn of the year and have lost 5 of their last 6 on the road in La Liga. Their overall form is a concern too with just 2 wins in 17 league outings. With the division’s worst goal-scoring record, there’s an argument for saying that they are the worst team in the league, with Huesca and Rayo Vallecano beneath posing much more of an attacking threat.Celta Vigo vs GironaEstadio Abanca Balaidos, VigoSaturday, 20-04-2019 @2pmThe battle to stay in La Liga is really bubbling up now and this is one of many huge six-pointers that will take place between now and the end of the season. Girona lost one such match last weekend to be sucked back into the relegation scrap having looked totally safe in mid-table a few weeks back. They are now only 2 points above Celta Vigo in 17th so this is a game they really can’t afford to lose.Girona have lost 4 on the spin heading into it. 3 of those games were at home and the main reason they are in any peril at all is the abysmal season they’ve had in front of their own fans. It’s just 1 point from 7 home league games for the Catalans but they have won at the Bernabeu since the turn of the year and there is clearly a decent team in there somewhere.You could say the same about Celta Vigo who have plenty of quality going forward with Spanish internationals Iago Aspas and Braiz Mendez while Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez has had another solid campaign. Aspas is the undoubted star though and it’s just 4 points from 12 games in his absence this term for Celta after they lost 2-0 at Atletico Madrid last time out with Aspas suspended.He should be fresh to return here and that’s hugely significant. The one-time Liverpool flop has 15 league goals from just 20 starts this term. He netted 5 in 3 games on his return from injury prior to the Atleti suspension to fire his team to 7 points and a position of much more hope. Backing Aspas to score anytime here could be well worth a punt.This is a game that is likely to see a few goals. Celta are very top heavy with all their best players forwards or wingers. Only four teams have scored more than them in La Liga this term which as much as anything tells you how bad their defence has been for them to be involved in this relegation scrap.Girona’s star is also their striker Cristhian Stuani. He has scored over half of their league goals this term and they are a team with enough attacking quality to cause problems for this Celta defence. However Celta Vigo are a club that really believes again and they will look to take the game to the Catalans and will fancy they can get the victory, particularly with the visitors missing a few regulars.Eibar vs Atletico MadridEstadio Municipal de Ipurua, EibarSaturday, 20-04-2019 @5:15pmAtletico Madrid travel to Eibar this Saturday as they look to further tighten their grip on 2nd place in La Liga. They are involved in a private battle with their city rivals for an element of pride in the Spanish capital although both sides will be disappointed with how this season has panned out.Eibar will be pretty happy with how their season has gone. Again they haven’t been in any sort of danger and the Basque minnows, whose natural standing on Spain’s football ladder is probably below even the second tier, are heading for a safe mid-table finish again. They come into this one following a 1-1 draw at Sociedad in a Basque derby last time out with Joan Jordan scoring a cracking free-kick for Eibar to continue his fine season.Atleti can secure Champions League qualification this weekend but that isn’t really in doubt. They’ll be hoping to end the season on a high and at least make Barcelona wait to wrap up the title until as late a date as possible. Diego Simeone’s side responded to defeat at Camp Nou by beating Celta Vigo 2-0 at home and they’ll be looking to make it 4 wins from 5 in La Liga here.Atleti are missing Diego Costa again but they do have Alvaro Morata available and he has made a bright start to life with Los Rojiblancos. He sealed the victory over Celta with his 4th goal in 5 games for club and country and does look to be over the disappointment of the end of his time in London. Backing Morata to score anytime could be worth considering.Atletico Madrid are the favourites to win this game but not by the sort of margin you’d expect. That’s a little curious as while they’ve not had a brilliant season, they have only lost 5 league games. With no cup distractions now, they are able to focus fully on the run-in to La Liga and they were impressive 4-0 winners in the Basque Country against Alaves a few weeks back.A performance on that level again ought to be enough to see off Eibar here. The hosts are a tough side to play against, particularly at Ipurua but it is just 4 wins in 20 in all competitions for them. All of those 4 wins came against bottom half sides so it’s a bit strange to see them as short as they are for the victory here.It should also be pointed out that Atletico have a great record on this ground, winning on all of their 4 top flight visits.Rayo Vallecano vs HuescaEstadio de Vallecas, MadridSaturday, 20-04-2019 @7:30pmThis match may just offer both sides their final chance to mount the start of a dramatic survival act. Huesca head into this Saturday bottom of La Liga and 7 points from safety. Rayo Vallecano are only one place and two points better off. A draw is no use to either side here but defeat would all but relegate them so it’s sure to be a tense afternoon in Madrid.Huesca have been playing pretty well but just not getting the results they need. They head into this one following 3 straight draws when they were desperate for wins. They held a youthful Barcelona side to a 0-0 draw last time out but for all their good play, a return of just 3 points from their last 6 games has been nowhere near good enough at this stage in the season.Rayo have only got 4 points from their past 11 but there has been an improvement since Paco Jemez took charge. They beat Valencia 2-0 at home in their most recent home game before competing well but ultimately losing 3-2 at Athletic Bilbao. With matches against Sevilla and Real Madrid immediately following this, they simply have to claim maximum points from this game to stand any realistic chance of being in the hunt heading into the final few weeks.Huesca didn’t get much of the ball against Barcelona but in their other recent games, they’ve really been committing bodies forward and taking risks. It’s likely to be a similar story here. Prior to the Barca game, all of Huesca’s previous 6 matches had seen both teams score and produced three or more goals in total.Rayo have also made a shift to be more attacking under their new boss. 5 of their last 6 games have seen both teams score. 75% of their home league games this term have also produced goals at both ends of the pitch.Given that, backing Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score appeals here.Backing Raul De Tomas to score anytime could also be worth a punt. The Rayo striker is having a season to remember with 14 league goals, the same number as Antoine Griezmann has managed. He heads into this one having netted in 3 of his last 4 appearances.Barcelona vs Real SociedadEstadio Camp Nou, BarcelonaSaturday, 20-04-2019 @9:45pmBarcelona took another big step towards a possible treble in midweek and they will be expected to put 3 more points on the board in La Liga this weekend against Real Sociedad. The Basques have little left to play for heading into Saturday’s clash and don’t have many happy memories of trips to this ground.They may be hoping for a weakened Barca team here but with no Champions League football next week that looks more doubtful. Barcelona have a 9 point cushion on Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga. Three more wins would clinch the title which means they could have it all wrapped up by the time of the Champions League Semis.Real Sociedad aren’t in great form heading into this game and it’s hard to see them causing a shock. The Basques have managed just one win in eight league games and a host of injury problems have really derailed their European push. The best they can hope for now looks like a solid mid-table finish but they’d have fancied a bit more than that when they made a great start to life under Imanol.La Real are slowly getting a few players back to fitness and they will have striker Willian Jose available here despite his recent red card. They were quite effective on the road in the early part of the season but come into this game having won just 1 of their last 10 away from home in all competitions. They were hammered 5-2 at Sevilla last month and even struggling Celta Vigo put 3 past them in their most recent away game.Barcelona showed their class to ease past Manchester United in midweek and it may not be a vastly different team here. They put out a virtual reserve team in La Liga last weekend but with 2 games in 4 days, they have the chance to put the destiny of the title beyond doubt before most likely resting a host of players again next weekend against Levante.Levante vs EspanyolEstadio Ciudad de Valencia, ValenciaSunday, 21-04-2019 @1pmThis is a huge game for Levante who are one of a number of sides who have been sucked into the relegation scrap. They could even be in the relegation zone by the time this kicks off depending on results in the other games. They’ll be hoping a home game against an Espanyol side with little left to play for is just what they need to get a much needed three points on the board as they try to stay in La Liga.Levante have had a real season of two halves. They were flying high early on in the campaign but a sequence of just 3 points from their last 8 games and only 2 wins in 18 in La Liga has thrust them towards trouble. 4 of their final 6 matches are at home and this is certainly one of the most winnable.Back-to-back victories have got Espanyol fans whispering about Europe again but it looks unlikely in truth. They are 5 points off 7th place and despite those wins, they don’t really look like a side that is going to put a longer winning sequence together. Rubi will be hoping to achieve as high a finish as possible as the Barcelona club start to look towards their summer plans.This promises to be quite open. Levante don’t really have a strong enough defence to get themselves out of trouble by scraping a few 1-0 wins. In fact they have the worst defensive record in the division with 1.84 goals per game and 1.93 per game conceded at home. They do have a goal or two in them and multiple sources of where it could come from. The Valencia side have netted in 80% of their home league outings this term.Those matches average 3.4 goals per game in total and we could see another relatively high-scoring one here. Espanyol may not be the most exciting team in the league but with survival guaranteed, they’ve no reason to come here and be negative. Victory would push them closer to the European battle and their recent games have been relatively entertaining with all of their last 3 seeing both teams score.Getafe vs SevillaColiseum Alfonso Perez, GetafeSunday, 21-04-2019 @3pmThis is a massive game in the race for 4th place in La Liga. Sevilla currently occupy it but they are only a point above surprise package Getafe with Valencia the only other team in with a realistic shot of snatching it. It’s not quite winner takes all here but three points would be a massive boost to either side.Sevilla have really picked up since reappointing Joaquin Caparros in a caretaker capacity. They’ve won 4 out of 5 under the veteran coach to claim more points than any other team in La Liga over that period. There is speculation Caparros wants to continue next season, twenty years on from his first appointment as Sevilla boss. However his fate may lie in the hands of Monchi who has recently returned in a Sporting Director role.As for Getafe, they’ve had a wonderful campaign and they’ve shown plenty of fighting spirit over the past couple of weeks that suggests they aren’t going to surrender easily in this battle for Champions League football. They claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win over Athletic in their last home game before scoring a 96th minute equaliser with ten men at Valladolid last time out.The bookies make Sevilla the favourites to win this game. Their away form has picked up since the change in coach but their season average of 1.19 points per game on the road is still pretty poor for a side with Champions League ambitions and there’s plenty of reason to doubt their credentials in terms of winning this match.Getafe by contrast average 1.87 points per game at home. They are a tough side to break down with the league’s third best defensive record. With the stakes so high, this could develop into quite a cagey affair and overall backing the Draw looks like the best move in the Full-Time Result market. In truth Sevilla would probably be content to leave with a point and hang on to 4th place heading into a busy week of action.Real Madrid vs Athletic BilbaoEstadio Santiago Bernabeu, MadridSunday, 21-04-2019 @5:15pmThis is one of the oldest fixtures on the Spanish football calendar but Athletic wins at the Bernabeu don’t come around too often any more. They will be underdogs again here but will at least sense there is a vulnerability to this Real Madrid side that they might be able to exploit in this Sunday’s fixture in La Liga.It’s 10 points from 5 games so far for Real Madrid since reappointing Zinedine Zidane. Their latest match was a 1-1 draw at Leganes on Monday night and there is certainly an end of season feel to some of their games now. That draw saw them slip 4 points behind Atleti in the race for 2nd place and they now risk being the second team in the Spanish capital for the second season running.Athletic Bilbao meanwhile are now really involved in the fight for the European places. They currently occupy 7th place which will almost certainly be good enough for Europa League football assuming Valencia don’t drop out of the top six and win the Copa del Rey. 7th does bring a very early start in the qualifying rounds though so Athletic would certainly love to sneak another place and seal direct passage to the group phase.Victory here would aid their chances of that. They certainly look capable of being competitive but overall Real should have enough class to edge it. Los Blancos have won all 3 home games since Zinedine Zidane took over. Even in what has been a disastrous season overall, they’ve still won 69% of their home league games and defensively they’ve actually been very solid at home conceding only 0.69 goals per game.Athletic have improved since appointing Gaizka Garitano but they’ve not been able to replicate their consistency at San Mames on the road. 3 of their last 5 away league games have ended in defeat and they still lack a bit of cutting edge up front at times, which could be a concern in a game like this where they are unlikely to get many chances.Villarreal vs leganesEstádio de la Ceramica, VillarrealSunday, 21-04-2019 @7:30pm*Details to follow shortlyReal Betis vs ValenciaEstádio Benito Villamarin, SevilleSunday, 21-04-2019 @9:45pm*Details to follow shortlyBET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments last_img read more