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Athletic and Atletico Madrid is the highlight of the midweek round of Spanish Primera Division matches and Wednesday’s San Mames showdown features the best betting opportunity.
Only the very best sides lower Athletic’s colours on its own pitch so, whenever the Lions are home underdogs to any teams other than Barcelona and Real Madrid, one’s inclination is to find a way to get with them. For example, Athletic’s home record across all competitions since May 2016 is 23-6-2 and guess which two visiting sides won at San Mames – Barcelona and Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid played Athletic once in Bilbao during that period and that game ended all square.
Athletic has taken part in a total of nine Spanish Primera Division and UEFA Europa League matches this season and the Lions have lost just once and that defeat was on Sunday when they leaked a late goal to go down 0-1 at Las Palmas. Athletic and Atletico Madrid have had two common Spanish Primera Division foes this term and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Lions and the Mattressers are level at one win apiece – the former shone against Girona and the latter excelled versus Las Palmas. Factor in last season’s corresponding Spanish Primera Division fixture finishing 2-2 and one thinks that Marathonbet should expect to do plenty of business on the draw at odds of 23/10 3.30 +230 2.30 2.30 -0.43 .
The Spanish Primera Division fixture computer has not been kind to Valencia until now but the Bats should appreciate dropping in class and intensity when they host Malaga on Tuesday in the first of the midweek round’s games.
Valencia opened up its Spanish Primera Division campaign with a home match versus Las Palmas but the Bats have had to visit Real Madrid, host Atletico Madrid and participate in an away derby at Levante since they beat the Yellows 1-0.
Malaga is one of two Spanish Primera Division sides yet to register a point having lost back-to-back-to-back-to-back games to Eibar, Girona, Las Palmas and Atletico Madrid.
You may have noted that Valencia and Malaga have each lined up against Atletico Madrid and Las Palmas in the Spanish Primera Division this term. According to one’s collateral form analysis, Valencia holds a 1-1-0 edge over Malaga and, while last season’s head to heads do not read off the page all that well, it is worth noting that the Bats were heading for a 2-1 home victory until the Anchovies equalised in the 90th minute. One can accept siding with Valencia at odds of 31/50 1.62 -161 0.62 -1.61 0.62 with BoyleSports to became Malaga’s latest tormentor.
Cristiano Ronaldo is scheduled to return for Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Spanish Primera Division match between the Meringues and Betis. Ronaldo has been on the sidelines serving a ban since misbehaving versus Barcelona, with his original suspension for being sent off being extended as a consequence of him pushing the referee. Ronaldo will be a popular pick to score the first goal but one favours backing Real to beat Betis by more than two goals at odds of 83/100 1.83 -120 0.83 -1.20 0.83 with Betfair. On a Spanish Primera Division collateral form line involving Sociedad, Real is three goals superior to Betis and that does not take into account that their clash will take place at the home of the Meringues. Real only defeated Betis 2-1 in last term’s corresponding Spanish Primera Division fixture but the Meringues had thrashed the Green and Whites 6-1 in Sevilla earlier.
Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid to Draw
Wednesday 20th September, 19:00 GMT
Odds: 23/10 3.30 +230 2.30 2.30 -0.43
Valencia to beat Malaga
Tuesday 19th September, 19:00 GMT
Odds: 31/50 1.62 -161 0.62 -1.61 0.62
Real Madrid -2 to beat Real Betis (Handicap betting)
Wednesday 20th September, 21:00 GMT
Odds: 83/100 1.83 -120 0.83 -1.20 0.83
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