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Bank On Rayo And Sevilla Being Entertaining

February 20, 2014

Rayo Vallecano and Sevilla are two of the Spanish Primera Division’s most entertaining teams and, therefore, it is worth backing them to both score in their Sunday clash.
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Ladbrokes is offering odds of 1.60 that both Rayo Vallecano and Sevilla rustle the onion bag in the Spanish Primera Division match between the sides ranked joint third respectively in the goals-per-game chart. Only Spanish Primera Division matches featuring the perennial big two, Real Madrid and Barcelona, have produced more entertainment value than those featuring Rayo Vallecano and Sevilla.

Both Rayo Vallecano’s and Sevilla’s Spanish Primera Division games are averaging 3.46 goals. Rayo Vallecano is 19th on the Spanish Primera Division ladder because its for-against split is 25-58, whereas Sevilla’s 42-41 split means that it is in seventh position and just about in contention for a berth in next season’s UEFA Europa League tournament.

Rayo Vallecano and Sevilla are favourites of punters who bet on over two and a half goals, with 16 of Rayo Vallecano’s 24 Spanish Primera Division matches going over that line and 17 of Sevilla’s 24 Spanish Primera Division games paying out on over. Certainly one would not dissuade anyone from backing over two and a half goals at odds of 1.73 with Ladbrokes.

However, it is backing both teams to score at odds of 1.60 that rocks the most. Rayo Vallecano has kept only six clean sheets in its 24 Spanish Primera Division matches. Sevilla has even worse defensive statistics, shutting out Spanish Primera Division sides on just four occasions out of 24. Moreover, just two Spanish Primera Division visitors to Rayo Vallecano have failed to score and only one Spanish Primera Division host to Sevilla has not made the scoresheet. Both teams have scored in all bar one of Sevilla’s 12 Spanish Primera Division road games and that was its first.

Sevilla and Rayo Vallecano met in round six of the Spanish Primera Division season and the match ended in a 4-1 home victory for Sevilla. Both sides scored in the first 55 minutes and over-two-and-half-goals punters saw what they wanted to see at the same time. Rayo Vallecano went down to 10 players in the 65th minutes and it had another player sent from the pitch with eight minutes to go, hence why Sevilla ran out such comprehensive winners at full time.

One is willing to take a chance of Barcelona and Sociedad going under two and a half goals in their Spanish Primera Division game in San Sebastian. Strictly speaking, both Barcelona (17-7) and Sociedad (14-10) are over sides but most of Barca’s under matches have been when they have encountered the Spanish Primera Division’s better teams.

Barcelona and Sociedad are meeting for the fourth time this term across all competitions. Barcelona thrashed Sociedad 4-1 at the Camp Nou in September when the latter made a bad start to its Spanish Primera Division campaign but both recent Spanish Copa del Rey games produced two goals and rewarded under two-and-a-half-goal punters. Bookmakers know that most punters like to back over two and a half goals in Barcelona matches but BetVictor has gone too far in offering odds of 3.10 about Saturday’s game going under that mark.

Finally, one can come up with a sufficient number of reasons to support Almeria at odds of 2.55 with Sportingbet to beat Malaga in the Spanish Primera Division on Saturday.

The main reasons are that Almeria has won each of its last three Spanish Primera Division home matches to nil, with its victims including championship-chasing Atletico Madrid, and Malaga’s Spanish Primera Division away form is awful. Malaga has won just one Spanish Primera Division road game in its last 17 trips and that was 1-0 over Elche in December.

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Eric Roberts
Eric Roberts

Sports Journalist

Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.