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14
Jan
2020

10 Guineans, 1 Ivorian Charged for VR Fraud

first_imgTen Guineans, including two women, and an Ivorian national were on Friday forwarded to the Monrovia City Court in connection with their alleged attempt to register during the ongoing voter registration exercise for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections. They were charged by the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), formerly the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), with multiple crimes, including possession of valid voter registration cards, illegal resident, election fraud and falsification of Liberian citizenship.If convicted, they face a possible three-year imprisonment and a fine that will be determined by the court.The arrests come amid warning by Liberians about the trucking of foreign nationals into the country by some aspirants to have them registered to vote in their favor in the October elections.Meanwhile, the National Elections Commission (NEC) recently announced that it has registered about a million eligible voters nationwide in the first week of the five-week voter registration exercise that began on February 1.At Friday’s hearing, the alleged fraudsters were remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison, because they could not obtain lawyers to file a bond that would have stopped the court from sending them to prison.Minutes before they were surrendered to the jurisdiction of the court, LIS Commissioner Lemuel Reeves told journalists that most of the voter registration suspects were picked-up by NEC staff at various polling precincts around Monrovia, but two of them, including a new mother, were arrested when they used their voter registration cards as traveling documents to leave the country to enter Guinea.He did not disclose the particular area they were arrested.“Her voter registration card had on it a Liberian name, Amelia Kollie, which she posed to be, rather than a Guinean,” Commission Reeves alleged.The other Guinean who he said was arrested had a voter registration card with the Liberian name Kollie Flomo.“The remaining nine persons, some of them tried using their own Guinean names and posed as Liberian citizens to obtain the voter registration cards fraudulently, before they were arrested by NEC staff,” the LIS boss further explained.According to Reeves, the NEC and the joint security have carried out a series of arrests of aliens around the country, particularly Guineans, trying to obtain voter registration cards.“Some of them have been processed for prosecution at the areas where they were arrested,” Reeves disclosed.However, he could not say exactly how many aliens have been caught in possession of voter registration cards, or how many have been arrested while attempting to register.Commissioner Reeves said none of those arrested, upon interrogation, ever mentioned that a presidential aspirant was behind their actions; and all denied that any aspirant trucked them into Liberia.“When we investigated them, none of them were able to mention the name of any aspirant, maybe for reasons best known to them,” he maintained.“But, we cannot keep them in our prison more the 24 hours statutory period as provided by the law, so we have to forward them for prosecution.“Some of them are residents in the country, but are not eligible to vote in the election. But, they tried to violate the system and to have themselves obtain our voter registration card, which is illegal under our laws.”The LIS boss used the occasion to warn aliens who are considering registering in the ongoing voter registration exercise to desist from doing so.Commissioner Reeves warned aliens in the country to “stay away from the voter registration process or you will be arrested, because we are stepping up security to work closely with the NEC to carry out mass arrests, because it is not good for our electoral process; and it is a very serious offense.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12
Jan
2020

GGMC looking to increase reclamation bonds

first_img…44 acres of mining land restoredAs the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) seeks to intensify land restoration efforts within the local extractive sectors, the body is looking to increase the reclamation bond.Mining Engineer in the Environmental Division within the GGMC, Carlos ToddAt a stakeholder forum seeking to educate partner agencies on land reclamation, Mining Engineer within the Environmental Division at GGMC, Carlos Todd, pointed out that for too long, reclamation has taken a backseat in the mining process. GGMC has embarked on having reclamation mainstreamed into the extractive industry.He noted that the Mining (Amendment) Act makes it mandatory for miners— not the GGMC— to restore lands upon closure of mining sites.Currently, miners are required to put up reclamation bonds— which are used if they fail to adequately restore mining sites at the end of operations.However, Todd noted that the value of the bond needs to be increased.“If there are cases where miners fail to carry out their legal obligation so in that case, GGMC will be forced to use the small bond to make an attempt to fix the area, but we know the bond is not enough at the moment. There are studies being done to come up with some suitable figure, what (amount) should be lodged as the reclamation bond,” he posited.A section of the participants at Tuesday stakeholders’ engagement hosted by GGMC at Herdmanston LodgeAccording to the Mining Engineer, stakeholders need to understand that reclamation is a part of doing business and as such, should be factored into the cost of mining.“We need to have a change in attitude how we conduct the mining process. The cost needs to factor in here. We need to know that if you’re going to factor in a cost for reclamation, then there is some cost in the (mining) process… to reclaim the area” he noted.Apart from land restoration, Todd added too that the GGMC also looks at the reclamation of waterways that were diverted or polluted by mining activities.“This exercise is long overdue. It’s an opportunity to bring awareness to the stakeholders about the importance of reclamation and the need to mainstream reclamation in the mining process… GGMC will be working to ensure we enforce the mining laws and as we go about doing that, we will try to work with miners to provide awareness and to provide education material miners need to help them in the process,” Todd posited.So far, sites at Dakoura, Linden; Olive Creek, Mazaruni; St. Elizabeth, Mahdia; Nooitgedacht, Mahdia; Frenchman, and Kara Kara, Linden, covering some 44 acres or 17 hectares, have been reclaimed during2009-2018. Of these six sites that were restored, two were bauxite sites and the other four were gold mines.According to GGMC Commissioner Newell Dennison, at Tuesday’s stakeholders’ engagement, some $100 million has been spent over the past three years on reclamation activities.He charged the participants to have dialogue and exchange ideas on how they can continue these efforts, noting that “… at the end of the day, the final objective would be as we mine, we reclaim”.“Let us share knowledge and insights, and let us accept that cost of being ignorant and non-responsive to today’s environment needs will the more costly it will be down the road. While we continue with our environmental education and awareness campaign in support of physical reclamation, we must not lose sight of the fact that reclamation is the law,” he added.Further recognising that mining cannot be done without disturbing the environment, the Commissioner noted the recalled criticisms of these efforts. He noted, however, steps taken to restore mined-out sites demonstrate the GGMC’s commitment to give effect to conventions such as the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity.To this end, Dennison posited that as regulators of the mining sector, they must convert stakeholders who sometimes do not appreciate the positives of compliance with the environmental standards and best practices.“The long term value will outlast, by far, the short-sighted resistance to the calls for a healthier landscape. We, all together, need to minimise and mitigate the impact on our environment for mining and invest in the potential after mining value chain. The health and wellness effect and social impact of mining could be under threat if the attitude in mining undermines the good works on show and/or the economic outlook or the landscape, which could become productive again depending on the kind of reclamation remedy,” the GGMC Head stressed.In its efforts to mainstream mine reclamation into the extractive industry, the GGMC is following a ‘Three Es’ initiative – Education, Encouragement and Enforcement – to engage stakeholders to support miners.The participants at Tuesday’s engagement were from stakeholder agencies such as: the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the National Mining Syndicate, University of Guyana (UG), the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) and Natural Resources Ministry, among others.last_img read more

12
Jan
2020

Mother reportedly shot in face by reputed husband

first_imgBy Devina SamarooA 31-year-old mother of one was on Thursday night rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre for emergency medical treatment after she was allegedly shot in the face by her reputed husband.However, information coming in also suggests that the woman might have sustained injuries to the face, butNatasha Harrynot shot, even though gunshots were reportedly heard.Information about what exactly transpired remains sketchy, but the woman who has been identified as Natasha Harry is a student of the Carnegie School of Economics and resides in Kuru Kururu, Linden-Soesdyke Highway.The man has been identified as “Shawn” and up to press time, he was still on the run. Relatives who spoke to this newspaper were unsure about the nature of the relationship Harry had with “Shawn”. Some indicated that he was a deportee from Barbados.Guyana Times understands that the woman was involved in a heated argument with the man when he allegedly pulled out a gun and discharged a round in her face.The incident occurred around 21:00h at her home.Some relatives of the woman who were at the hospital explained that her aunt who was at the home at the time of the incident heard the gunshot and upon investigation saw the young woman lying on the ground bleeding out.The man had already escaped.According to reports, the aunt summoned nearby friends who immediately rushed her to the Diamond hospitalShawn, the reputed husbandfor treatment.When Guyana Times arrived at the medical institution, the woman was being placed into an ambulance to be transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for further treatment.She is in stable condition.An investigation has been launched into the matter.last_img read more

26
Dec
2019

Chelsea target ‘wants to play in Premier League’

first_imgChelsea tried to sign Sandro last summer, but their repeated approaches were knocked back as Juve demand over £60million for the 27-year-old.Sandro remains a target for the Blues and, while he admitted he is happy where he is at the moment, the full-back refused to rule out a move to England in the future.“I think that one day, who knows what will happen? I have a desire to play in the Premier League, but right now I am very happy where I am,” said Sandro. shining Sandro has long been linked with a move to the Premier League REVEALED no dice MONEY Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Latest Transfer News REVEALED huge blow ADVICE center_img RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “I am happy with the club where I am, with the league where I am playing. So my only thought at the moment is to continue where I am.”Sandro has re-established himself as one of Juventus’ key players this season, fighting back from the rotation role he played last term to start all but two of the Serie A club’s matches since the beginning of 2018/19. Juventus defender Alex Sandro has confessed he has a desire to play in the Premier League one day, amid interest from Chelsea.The Brazil full-back has been heavily linked with the Blues for the best part of 18 months after impressing in Italy, even if he struggled for form last season. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade last_img read more

26
Dec
2019

DRINK-DRIVING DONEGAL YOUTH WORKER ‘DID NOT HAVE DRIVING DUTIES’

first_imgA YOUTH organisation which employed a double drink driving youth worker says he didn’t have driving duties when he worked there.Joseph Quinn, from Chestnut Grove in Letterkenny, was banned for another three years this week after being stopped by Gardai at Trimragh, Manorcunningham on November 4 last year.Letterkenny District Court heard it was the second time Quinn had been convicted of drinking and driving. Charlene Logue, from the Donegal Youth Service, said today: “Mr. Joe Quinn was an employee of Donegal Youth Service in the autumn of 2012. He was engaged as a ‘Youth Information Support Worker’ under the Community Employment Scheme at the Youth Information Centre.“Joe was at no time expected to undertake any driving duties as part of his role within the organisation and the organisation was fully aware of his driving conviction, which in no way impacted on his ability to carry out his duties. Mr. Quinn’s contract came to an end in April 2013.”DRINK-DRIVING DONEGAL YOUTH WORKER ‘DID NOT HAVE DRIVING DUTIES’ was last modified: July 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DRINK-DRIVING DONEGAL YOUTH WORKER ‘DID NOT HAVE DRIVING DUTIES’last_img read more

25
Dec
2019

GARDAI HUNT GANG BEHIND THEFT OF TELEPHONE LINES

first_imgGARDAI are hunting a gang which robbed telephone lines in the county, leaving customers without a service for three days.It’s just the latest incident on the Fanad peninsula.Around 250 metres of valuable copper cabling was taken in the latest raid at Carryblagh near Portsalon. Just weeks ago electricity cable at Tullynadall was being stolen when a gang was disturbed by Gardai.Hacksaws and other equipment found at the scene have been send away for forensic analysis, gardai hoping that finger prints or DNA was left behind. LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW © 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily GARDAI HUNT GANG BEHIND THEFT OF TELEPHONE LINES was last modified: March 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GARDAI HUNT GANG BEHIND THEFT OF TELEPHONE LINESlast_img read more

25
Dec
2019

AN POST BOSS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OVER CLOSURE OF DONEGAL POST OFFICES

first_imgThe CEO of An Post is to be asked about the closure of post offices across the country including Laghey and Menalaragh in Co Donegal. Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has confirmed that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture will request the attendance of the Donal Connell to discuss the persistent closures of rural post offices.Senator Ó Domhnaill who is a member of the committee said: “I am anxious to ensure that the Chief Executive of An Post, Donal Connell, comes before the Committee as soon as possible. “There are genuine concerns about the company’s policy to close small rural post offices and the way in which this policy is being executived.“The post offices in Laghey and Meenlaragh were closed over the past number of months without adequate advance notice or local consultation, and this has been devastating for the community,” he said.He added that the impact on communities of losing such a basic amenity is significant.“This is not just about the services that post offices provide; the post office is also focal point of the community. At this time, when rural communities are being targeted for severe cuts to services, many communities feel that the loss of the post office is another nail in the coffin.” AN POST BOSS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OVER CLOSURE OF DONEGAL POST OFFICES was last modified: March 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An PostLagheyMeenlaraghlast_img read more

24
Dec
2019

CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA BLOG: RYAN AND ODHRAN WERE STARS OF THE O’DONNELL PARK SHOW

first_imgGoal scorers Odhran MacNiallias open his account for Donegal with a fine goal at the O Donnell Park as he celebrates with Colm Anthony Mc Fadden who got the second goal . Photo By Brian McDaid/CristephIt’s three from three for Donegal in the league and with Jim McGuinness’ men leading the standings, the young leaders on the field of play are making a big impression. Odhran MacNiallais and Ryan McHugh were the stars of the show today as the home team got some measure of revenge against Monaghan for the Ulster Final reverse in Clones last July.MacNiallais got the capacity crowd to their feet early on with a blistering goal; his presence of mind and spatial awareness created the chance and he finished with aplomb. Receiving the ball forty yards from goal, the boisterous Letterkenny support were encouraging him to shoot for a point but he saw space in behind the Monaghan rearguard and once he got past the first tackler with a devastating change of pace, he drove straight for the whites of Rory Beggan’s eyes in goal. The Gaoth Dobhair man added to his tally soon after with a point off that trusty left peg and added a further two scores in the second half to put the seal on a wonderful individual display. He also managed a sublime assist with a cushioned volleyed pass to set substitute Declan Walsh up for the game’s last point. The more we see of MacNiallais, the more he looks like a starter for the big one in Celtic Park on May 25th.Ryan McHugh picked up from where he left off in Salthill three weeks ago, producing another excellent performance both in defence and attack. He made the incisive burst to set Dermot Molloy away in the lead up to the second goal, eventually finished to the net by Colm McFadden. McHugh looked a little out of place during last year’s championship due to his diminutive frame but he’s obviously put in the hard work in the gym since and is well able for the cut and thrust of top level football. Of course the old guard are still making a huge contribution and today was a big test of Jim’s defensive alignment as regards the positioning of Karl Lacey. A centre back for the most part in the McGuinness era, it looks as if he will spend most of his time in the last line of defence this year. Having been assigned marking duties on one of the country’s leading attackers, Conor McManus, today was a good test to see how Lacey is faring back in his former No 2 jersey. While McManus was out in front quite a bit in the first half he rarely got past the Four Masters man and as the game wore on the battle pendulum swung towards Lacey. He produced a brilliant saving block on the goal-line towards the end of the match and thus earned his side a second successive clean sheet.With McManus engaged in his battle with Lacey, attention turned to Monaghan’s newest sharp shooter, Jack McCarron. A nephew of the famous Ray, McCarron has a had a fine season to date and while not as prolific today he did show some glimpses of his talent, the highlight an exquisite point from the wing, kicking across the ball with his favoured left foot and gliding it over Paul Durcan’s crossbar.Around the middle, the powerhouse displays of Martin McElhinney and Rory Kavanagh gave Donegal an excellent platform in the first half and despite leading by six points at half time there was a sense that it should have been even more. Kieran Hughes, the man who tormented the green and gold defence from full forward in last year’s provincial decider, came more into the game in the second half at midfield. It took until the last ten minutes for the hosts to shake off the stubborn Monaghan resistance; Paddy McBrearty’s brace after coming off the bench ensuring there’d be no comeback mounted from the Farney men.Referee Barry Cassidy did his bit in keeping Monaghan in the game with some questionable decisions while he also awarded a yellow card instead of a black to Colin Walshe, after he deliberately dragged down MacNiallais. The Donegal players in general were unhappy with Cassidy, particularly when a high challenge on McHugh went unpunished, with Michael Murphy receiving a yellow for his protestations. Murphy was a bit out of sorts today with both he and Frank McGlynn guilty of some poor distribution. With six points on the board, Donegal are well on their way to promotion and to a league final appearance at Headquarters. Two more wins out their four remaining games should seal the deal but Jim will want to get those victories recorded as quickly as possible so as to allow him to continue re-integrating the likes of McBrearty, Neil Gallagher and the soon to be returning Paddy McGrath and David Walsh into match action and get them up to speed.A stuttering Meath side are the next visitors to the North West with Mac Cumhaill Park playing to host to that clash on Sunday next.O’Donnell Park – and hosts St Eunan’s – were superb today. CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA BLOG: RYAN AND ODHRAN WERE STARS OF THE O’DONNELL PARK SHOW was last modified: March 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennyMonaghanO’Donnell ParkOdhran MacNiallaislast_img read more

22
Dec
2019

NURSE PAULINE HAS MENINGITIS, SAY DOCTORS, BUT SHE HAS ‘SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED’

first_imgNurse Pauline Cafferkey whose family are from Co Donegal.THE condition of nurse Pauline Cafferkey has improved again in hospital, it has been announced.The medic, who is a cousin of soccer star Packie Bonner and has many relations in West Donegal, originally contracted Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone last year.Miss Cafferkey, 39, was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital in London earlier this month where she is being treated in an isolation unit. Health officials said however she had been diagnosed with meningitis caused by Ebola and had a “long recovery ahead”.Ms Cafferkey, from South Lanarkshire, contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone.Dr Michael Jacobs, who is treating Ms Cafferkey at the Royal Free Hospital in London, said: “Pauline has become unwell by meningitis caused by the Ebola virus. “But to be very clear about this, she hasn’t been re-infected with the Ebola virus.“This is the original Ebola virus that she had many months ago, which has been lying inside the brain, replicating at a very low level probably, and has now re-emerged to cause this clinical illness of meningitis. And this is obviously a serious thing.”Dr Jacobs said Ms Cafferkey had “became critically ill due to neurological complications from the meningitis” while being treated at the specialist isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital.He added: “I’m really pleased to tell you that in the last few days she’s made a significant improvement. She is much better now.“I think she has a long recovery ahead of her and will be with us for quite a while still.”  NURSE PAULINE HAS MENINGITIS, SAY DOCTORS, BUT SHE HAS ‘SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED’ was last modified: October 21st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalebolaillmeningitisPauline Cafferkeylast_img read more

22
Dec
2019

La Liga match-day 14: Barca, Real face winnable fixtures

first_imgLevante vs MallorcaEstadio Ciudad de Valencia, ValenciaFriday, 22-11-2019 @11pmJust three points separate 12th placed Levante and 16th placed Mallorca going into their clash at Ciutat de Valencia this Friday evening; however, we’re expecting that margin to double come the final whistle based on Levante’s strong home results this term and Mallorca’s woeful record on the road since returning to La Liga.A three-goal blitz in seven superb second-half minutes saw Levante dismantle champions Barcelona 3-1 at Ciudad de Valencia on Matchday 12, the result and performance doing much to show that Granotas are capable of beating anyone at home when putting their best foot forward.Paco Lopez’ charges are far from bombproof on their own patch as a 0-1 reverse against second-bottom Espanyol in late October suggests, but overall they have been extremely solid in front of their own supporters this season with three wins and two draws gained from six outings.Granotas have kept two clean sheets and conceded just four goals in total across those fixtures, so it’s easy to see why they are favourites this Friday to see off a Mallorca side who have been toiling on their travels.Mallorca have turned in some cracking efforts at Son Moix this season including a 1-0 triumph over Real Madrid in mid-October and a 3-1 victory against Villarreal before the international break; however, the Balearic Islanders are failing to acclimatise to the demands of top-flight football on the mainland.Los Bermellones have lost all five of their away trips thus far including a 3-0 hammering against Valladolid two starts ago and they were also beaten 1-0 by bottom club Leganes on Matchday 10.Vicente Moreno’s side have shipped 12 goals in those five matches and have failed to score themselves in four – clear evidence that Mallorca simply doesn’t seem up to scratch at this level when playing outside of Son Moix.Consequently, Mallorca almost have to be treat as two different teams at the moment depending on whether they are playing home or away, and that means we’re readily opposing them to get anything from this week’s contest.Levante signed off with an away defeat to Atletico Madrid a fortnight ago, but the 2-1 loss was no disgrace considering how formidable Atleti are at Wanda Metropolitano. Granotas should still be brimming with confidence after beating Barca in such tremendous style.Leganes vs BarcelonaEstádio Municipal de Butarque, LeganesSaturday, 22-11-2019 @3pm  Barcelona lost just three league matches throughout 2018/19 en route to securing their 26th La Liga title, so they will be bitterly disappointed to have registered the same amount of defeats already this term after just 12 games.All three disappointments have been away from home, which raises a few doubts ahead of this Saturday’s clash with Leganes; however, we expect Ernesto Valverde’s side to have too much class for a Los Pepineros side who are propping up the league table after nine defeats from 13.Barca’s poor results on the road in the opening weeks of the campaign appeared to be nothing more than a blip after they went on to bag convincing consecutive away victories without conceding against Getafe (0-2) and Eibar (0-3), but problems resurfaced at the beginning of the month against Levante.The Catalan giants looked set for another routine three points at Ciutat de Valencia after Lionel Messi gave them a first-half advantage via the penalty spot. But they were stunned by three Levante goals in a superb seven-minute spell in the second half. Barca couldn’t muster any form of response, leaving their away points haul at a meagre seven from a possible 18 thus far.Nonetheless, no other team has really managed to capitalise on their less-than-perfect start to the season and Ernesto Valverde’s men sit joint-top of the standings alongside arch-rivals Real Madrid heading into Matchday 14, following a 4-1 thumping of Celta Vigo at Camp Nou before the international break. With a trip to Wanda Metropolitano to face Atleti next week and the rescheduled El Clasico at Camp Nou around the corner on December 18, the next month or so is likely to define Barca’s domestic campaign; they must ensure they succumb to no more slip-ups against inferior opposition.They did just that against Leganes in last season’s corresponding fixture (2-1), but it’s hard to envisage a repeat this time around. Lega have lost nine of their 13 league games so far and have picked up just four points from their seven outings at Butarque. Barca have triumphed in the other five previous meetings between the teams and we expect them to bolster that record here – albeit with both teams scoring.Lega have managed to score in each of their last four home matches, while Barcelona have kept just two clean sheets from their six games on the road.Real Betis vs ValenciaEstadio Benito Villamarín, SevillaSaturday, 22-11-2019 @6pmAfter back to back La Liga wins against Espanyol (1-2) and Granada (2-0) either side of a 4-1 success at home to Lille in the Champions League, the international break clearly arrived at the wrong time for Albert Celades’ Valencia.Los Che supporters will be hoping that a fortnight off hasn’t interrupted their side’s progress and momentum heading into this Saturday’s clash with Betis at Benito Villamarin, which we envisage being an open and attacking encounter.Following an extremely slow start to the campaign, Valencia’s recent results have seen them move into the top half of the La Liga table, where they sit just four points behind the Champions League places in 9th.On the European front, Los Che forced themselves into a three-way tie at the top of Group H with their aforementioned victory over Lille and will definitely qualify for the knockout stages if able to beat Chelsea at Mestalla next week.Up first though for Valencia is a trip to Benito Villamarin this weekend – a venue at which they have tasted success in each of the last two seasons including when drubbing Betis 3-6 in a thriller two years ago.They are marginal favourites with the bookmakers to claim all three points once again this time around, and odds of around 6/4 seem quite fair on face value considering Los Che’s recent results and the seven-point advantage they hold over 17th placed Betis in the standings.Nevertheless, Valencia have lost three of their six away league fixtures this term and we’re opting to give them the swerve in the match betting this Saturday despite narrowly favouring the visitors for the win.Instead, we’re backing both teams to score as there’s plenty to suggest that we’ll see goals at both ends of the field in Andalusia on Matchday 14.Valencia have netted in all but one of their 13 league games this season, but have kept only three clean sheets in total and just one from six outings on the road.Betis meanwhile have registered at least once in all seven of their fixtures at Benito Villamarin but have also conceded in all of those games. Overall, Los Verdiblancos currently boast the joint-worst defensive record in La Liga with 23 goals leaked, but they have managed a decent return of 15 goals themselves despite their poor results this term.Granada vs Atletico MadridEstadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, GranadaSaturday, 22-11-2019 @8:30pmAtletico Madrid have been as solid and reliable as ever so far this season with just one defeat suffered from 13 league outings, but a tally of six draws means that Los Rojiblancos are still playing catch-up with likely title rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid who are both a point clear with a game in hand.Diego Simeone’s men will get the chance to leapfrog Barca next weekend when they entertain the champions at Wanda Metropolitano, but they must first take care of Granada at Los Carmenes this Saturday. With newly promoted Nazaries now struggling after a fine start to life in La Liga, we’re backing Atleti to bag the three points they need to stay in touch at the top of the table.After a huge overhaul in personnel during the summer, Atleti began the campaign clinically with three consecutive victories; however old frustrations soon resurfaced for Diego Simeone and his team.Atleti failed too often to see off inferior opposition last term which is why they wound up as distant runners-up to Barcelona, and the same can be said for the majority of their last ten matches. Atleti have amassed a mediocre haul of 15 points in that period which is more akin to mid-table form, and they simply need to get into the winning habit more regularly to seriously challenge this season.Fortunately for Los Rojiblancos, Barcelona and Real Madrid have also dropped their fair share of points thus far, meaning they are in touching distance of top spot heading into Matchday 14.This Saturday’s game at Los Carmenes is certainly a must-win for Atleti though with a clash against Barca next up, and Simeone’s side should secure the points based on the difference in quality between the sides and Granada’s recent results.Nazaries made a cracking start to the season following promotion from Segunda last term and briefly led the way a few weeks ago after a run of four wins and a draw from five matches.Diego Martinez’ charges have dropped off quite dramatically since though and they head into this daunting fixture on the back of three straights defeats after going down 2-0 to Valencia at Mestalla before the international break.Granada have shown themselves to be a highly capable outfit overall at Los Carmenes with four wins posted from six including a 2-0 win against Barca in late September, but it’s asking a lot of Nazaries to get anything from this contest based on recent evidence.Real Madrid vs Real SociedadEstadio Santiago Bernabéu, MadridSaturday, 22-11-2019 @11pmReal Madrid vs Real Sociedad has become one of the most entertaining and watchable La Liga match-ups in recent years and it’s easy to see why, with a whopping 67 goals netted in the last 15 encounters between the sides. Los Blancos have largely had the better of things during that period, with 11 wins to Sociedad’s three. But two of those Sociedad successes came last season, including a tremendous 0-2 triumph at the Bernabeu. Can Imanol Alguacil’s side repeat the dose this time around, or will Madrid re-affirm their dominance in the head to head?Madrid are favourites to land the spoils on Saturday night and that’s not surprising based on their home advantage and form displayed prior to the international break. Los Blancos have won four and drawn two of their six league matches at the Bernabeu and they go into Saturday’s showdown with Sociedad on the back of some emphatic victories. Madrid beat Leganes 5-0 here at the end of October and, although they failed to break down Real Betis next time out in a poor 0-0 stalemate, they hit back to swat Galatasaray aside 6-0 in the Champions League before signing off for the break with an impressive 0-4 success at Eibar.The latter result ensured Madrid stayed joint-top of the table with main rivals Barcelona, and Los Blancos will be focused on keeping pace with the Catalan giants in the coming weeks before the rescheduled El Clasico at Camp Nou on 18th December. It’s difficult to oppose Madrid for the three points this Saturday night, but Los Blancos are equally far too short in the match betting to merit interest.After all, Sociedad are just two points behind them in 5th and have notched four wins from seven on the road this season, including a 1-2 victory at Granada on their last away day. Imanol Alguacil’s charges can blow hot and cold as typified by their 1-1 home draw against bottom side Leganes last time out, but they have a habit of raising their game against the bigger teams.That was demonstrated last term when they secured a historic league double over Los Blancos and they already have a 2-0 home win against Atletico Madrid on their dance card this term. We expect Sociedad to really take the game to Madrid in this clash and that should lead to plenty of goals, as has been the case in so many recent encounters between the teams.Espanyol vs GetafeRCDE Stadium, BarcelonaSunday, 23-11-2019 @2pmGetafe drew a blank at home to Osasuna in a 0-0 stalemate before the international break; however last season’s 5th placed side have been moving nicely into contention over the past month or so with 13 points accrued from their last six games. Pepe Bordalas’ charges take on an Espanyol side this weekend who have lost all six of their home matches this term, and we think the in-form visitors are well priced to inflict further pain upon Periquitos at RCDE Stadium.Espanyol have enjoyed plenty of success against Getafe in recent seasons with three wins and a draw from the last four encounters between the teams in Barcelona; however we expect the tide to turn this weekend based on how Pablo Machin’s men have performed in the league at RCDE Stadium this term.A 1-2 reverse against Valencia on Matchday 12 marked Espanyol’s sixth La Liga home defeat from six outings this season – a truly dismal run which has left Periquitos firmly entrenched in the relegation zone.Espanyol have just eight points on the board and are five adrift of the safety line going into this weekend’s fixture, and already boss Pablo Machin is feeling the heat after replacing David Gallego a few weeks ago.The only bright spark for Espanyol this season has been their Europa League form – a stark contrast to their domestic showings with ten points gained from their four games so far. Periquitos are all but through to the last 32 of that competition, but success on the continent is coming at a serious cost for the Barcelona based outfit who performed so admirably to finish 7th in 2018/19.They take on one of La Liga’s most in-form sides this Sunday in the shape of Getafe, who, unlike Espanyol, look fully on course to at least repeat what they achieved in the league last season.Getafe punched well above their weight to secure 5th last term and only narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification. They had a sticky start to the new campaign with just one win landed in their first seven games; however they have gone from strength to strength since the end of September.Pepe Bordalas’ men have bagged away wins against Real Sociedad (1-2) and Celta Vigo (0-1) in recent weeks and have also secured cosy home victories against Leganes (2-0) and Granada (3-1) to lift themselves into 7th. They are seemingly getting the balance right between La Liga and Europa League commitments (on course to just do enough to qualify from Group C with two games remaining) and go into this Sunday’s clash in excellent shape overall.It’s difficult to understand how Espanyol can even dispute favouritism for this fixture based on their home record and the fact they have lost six of their last seven La Liga games overallOsasuna vs Athletic BilbaoEstadio El Sadar, IruneaSunday, 23-11-2019 @4pm10th placed Osasuna take on 6th placed Athletic Bilbao at El Sadar this Sunday afternoon and everything points towards a tight, low scoring affair in Pamplona. Just a point separates the teams in the La Liga standings and the pair have 12 draws between them already this season.Osasuna will put their unbeaten home record on the line against a Bilbao side who boast the joint best defence in Spain, leading us to fancy under 2.5 goals and a 1-1 draw in what should be a fascinating all Basque contest.Osasuna were somewhat overshadowed by fellow promoted side Granada in the opening weeks of the campaign, including when succumbing to a 1-0 defeat against Nazaries at Los Carmenes in mid-October.But since that result, Granada have dropped to 8th from a surprise share of the lead, whilst Osasuna have begun to flourish. Jagoba Arrasate’s side have amassed eight points from their last four matches to move within a point of a Europa League place, including a 4-2 home success against Alaves two starts ago which extended their record at El Sadar this term to three wins and three draws from six.Los Rojillos were unbeaten in front of their own supporters last season en route to their runaway triumph in Segunda and they are now firmly establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with at home in the top flight. They held champions Barcelona to a 2-2 draw back in August and have also comfortably beaten Valencia (3-1) in their own backyard.It’s clear to see then that Athletic Club face a real test this weekend and they go into the fixture in the unenviable position of searching for their first away win of the season after four draws and two defeats.Gaizka Garitano’s charges have been superb at San Mames with five wins and a draw posted from seven including a 2-1 triumph over Barcelona’s latest conquerors Levante before the international break, but things just haven’t quite clicked for the Basque giants on the road.Nonetheless, a 0-0 stalemate away to Villarreal two starts ago was a huge step in the right direction considering how strong El Submarino Amarillo have been at La Ceramica this season and the result marked Bilbao’s sixth clean sheet of the campaign.Athletic have conceded just eight goals in total from their 13 matches this season which puts them at the top of the defensive charts alongside Atletico Madrid, and Garitano’s side are likely to approach this Sunday’s clash with the main aim of keeping their powder dry.Eibar vs Deportivo AlavésEstadio Municipal de Ipurua, EibarSunday, 23-11-2019 @6pmEibar’s home record this season isn’t exactly sparkling with three wins and three defeats from six and they were crushed 0-4 last tie out at Ipurua by Real Madrid. Nonetheless, Los Armeros take on an Alaves side this weekend who have claimed just one point from six outings on the road this term and who are without a win in their last 11 away games. Whilst we expect a close tussle in this all-Basque clash, we’re forecasting an Eibar triumph and more travelling woe for Babazorros.More was expected of Eibar on Matchday 13 considering they had won three of their last four at Ipurua and entertained a Real Madrid side who had recently suffered a 1-0 defeat in Palma against Mallorca.However, Real showed their class and Eibar froze, resulting in a resounding 0-4 success for Los Blancos. The international break definitely came at the right time for Eibar on the back of that fixture, and Jose Luis Mendilibar will have been doing much to focus and prepare his squad for this Sunday’s crucial encounter with Alaves over the past fortnight.Eibar won this corresponding fixture narrowly 2-1 last term, and it looks like a case of any win will do this time around for Los Armeros who have slipped down to 15th. Eibar still hold a six point buffer over the relegation zone, but that could soon shrink on the run up to Christmas with tough assignments against Real Sociedad, Getafe and Athletic Bilbao to come – teams all currently placed in the top seven.Three points here will give Eibar the breathing space they need and we fancy them to hit back based on their prior victories against Sevilla (3-2) and Villarreal (2-1) at Ipurua, as well as Alaves’ dismal away form.The visitors have been nothing short of diabolical on their travels, losing five on the spin since their 1-1 draw at Getafe in August including a 4-2 defeat at Osasuna two starts ago.Babazorros have shipped 16 goals in total across their six matches on the road and their form is a continuation from troubles at the back end of last term when they picked up just one point from their last four away.Garitano’s side have consequently not tasted success outside of Mendizorroza since beating relegated Huesca 1-3 in mid-March, so there’s nothing to recommend their cause this weekend despite Eibar’s embarrassment last time out.Villarreal vs Celta VigoEstadio de la Cerámica, VillarrealSunday, 23-11-2019 @8:30pmVillarreal were moving smoothly into contention to challenge for the European qualification spots towards the end of October, but a run of one draw and two defeats from their last three games has seen El Submarino Amarillo drop back down to 11th. Javier Calleja’s men desperately need a win this weekend to get back on track and we fancy them to deliver the goods against a Celestes side who are without a win in 18 away La Liga matches.Indeed, you have to go back to 8th December 2018 for Celta’s last success on the road, which ironically came here at La Ceramica. Vigo secured a thrilling 2-3 triumph and they repeated that scoreline in March’s return fixture at Balaidos to notch an impressive league double over El Submarino Amarillo.That achievement was one of very few bright sparks for Celta last term as they slumped to a 17th placed finish and they are not faring any better this time around. Celestes have lost their last five La Liga matches including a 4-1 beating at Barcelona last time out and sit 18th in the league, four points adrift of 17th placed Real Betis.Whilst the international break will have given new boss Oscar Garcia time to work with his squad and last season’s aforementioned victory at La Ceramica may rekindle good memories, Celestes simply can’t be fancied to take anything from this game based on their overall form an their dreadful run of six draws and 12 defeats from their last 18 La Liga matches outside of Galicia.Villarreal boss Javier Calleja will be deeply frustrated by his team’s recent away losses against 15th placed Eibar (2-1) and 16th placed Mallorca (3-1) which took his side’s record on the road this term to two wins and five defeats from seven, and the Valencian outfit must improve on their travels if they are to stay in the hunt for European qualification this season.Nonetheless, Villarreal remain extremely reliable at home, where they have won three and drawn three from six outings this term. They may have expected more than a 0-0 stalemate against Athletic Bilbao two starts ago, but that result was no disgrace considering how defensively strong Los Leones are.Prior to that result, Villarreal posted three consecutive wins on their own turf against Valladolid (2-0), Real Betis (5-1) and Alaves (4-1), and a repeat of those performances here should see them gain revenge for their reversals against Celestes in 2018/19.Real Valladolid vs SevillaEstadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla, ValladolidSunday, 23-11-2019 @11pmValladolid are having a tough time on the road with four defeats from their last six including a 3-0 beating at Alaves before the international break, however they are holding their own overall in mid-table this term thanks to an unbeaten home record. Pucela have posted three wins and two draws from five outings thus far at Jose Zorrilla and will hope to enhance that run when they host 4th placed Sevilla this weekend.We don’t think that Sergio’s side will be quite good enough to overcome a Sevilla side who go into this fixture unbeaten in seven across all competitions; however we think Pucela can hold Sevillistas to a 1-1 draw, with under 2.5 goals also forecasted.Valladolid’s two home victories this term have come on their last two starts at Jose Zorrilla, with comprehensive successes gained against Eibar (2-0) and Mallorca (3-0).  Those are evidently solid results against teams just below them in the league table, but it’s Pucela’s prior 0-0 stalemate against 3rd placed Atletico Madrid that mainly leads us to believe that they can grind something out of this encounter with Sevilla.A point for the hosts this Sunday will further help to solidify their position in mid-table, and a draw would also have to be classed as a fair result for the visitors.Sevilla obviously need wins if they are to mount a challenge for the La Liga title this season, though qualification for the Champions League looks a more realistic target for Julen Lopetegui’s side.They are on course to achieve that so far having transformed themselves into a far sturdier outfit this term and it would be a surprise were they to lose anywhere near the amount of games which they did last season. Sevillistas were beaten 13 times in all, which ultimately meant they failed narrowly to finish in the top four.Sevilla go into Sunday’s clash unbeaten in seven across all competitions and they have lost just one of their last seven in La Liga, a defeat which came against champions Barcelona at Camp Nou. With draws posted against Atletico Madrid and Valencia on that run alongside wins against the likes of Real Sociedad and Getafe who are in the top seven, it’s hard to envisage 13th placed Valladolid getting the better of them.Comments Tags: Atletico Madridbarcelonareal madridValencialast_img read more