One suspects that eighth position on the Spanish Primera Division ladder flatters Eibar and that the Gunners are likely to cop a hammering from Barcelona on Sunday.
Consider this for a statistic: Eibar has won just one of its 16 Spanish Primera Division matches against teams ranked in the top 12 and that victory – 2-0 at home to Athletic – took place in the first month of the season. That explains why one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis makes such awful reading for Eibar versus Barcelona. Eibar trails Barcelona 1-1-17 according to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form figures, with the Gunners having performed worse than Barca against every other team ranked in the leading dozen. It is almost impossible to make a case for anything other than a Barcelona win in Sunday’s Spanish Primera Division game and odds of 7/101.70-1430.70-1.430.70 with Coral about an away victory by more than one goal makes a lot of appeal.
Barcelona has won each of its three Spanish Primera Division matches versus Eibar down the years by two-plus-goal margins and 14 of its 27 top-flight games this term have ended with it winning by more than one goal. Barcelona’s supremacy over its Spanish Primera Division rivals is significant and Eibar does not deserve to be on the top half of the ladder.
Villarreal warrants a fair degree of support at odds of 31/501.62-1610.62-1.610.62 with Skybet, Bet365 and William Hill to improve its home record to 12-2-1 by beating Las Palmas on Saturday.
In spite of being 16 points off the Spanish Primera Division pace that Barcelona is setting, Villarreal has dropped only four matches and two of them were massive upsets away to sides ranked in the bottom three. Villarreal is one of the Spanish Primera Division’s gun teams and it is entertaining a Las Palmas side that possesses one of the league’s most ugly road records – the Yellows have only won at Eibar.
According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Villarreal leads Las Palmas 12-2-5, including a goalless draw in October’s reverse fixture. Villarreal has very much outperformed Las Palmas versus the Spanish Primera Division’s powers, the Yellow Submarine boasting an 8-2-2 Spanish Primera Division collateral form edge over the plain old Yellows when one stops at 12th place on the ladder.
Las Palmas will arrive at Villarreal having won back-to-back Spanish Primera Division games but the Yellows did line up against Eibar and Getafe in those matches – the Gunners are probably in a false ladder position and Getafe is 17th.
Bookmakers are trying to duck under two and a half goals in Sunday’s Spanish Primera Division game between Valencia and Atletico Madrid but one is going to pick the option at odds of 3/51.60-1670.60-1.670.60 with Marathonbet because the case makes itself really.
A Spanish Primera Division-high 19 of Atletico Madrid’s 27 matches have gone under two and a half goals, including a record 11 of its 14 away games. When one considers that Atletico Madrid is second placed in one of Europe’s most exciting league those are remarkable statistics. Fifteen of Valencia’s 27 Spanish Primera Division matches have gone under two and a half goals, including six of its 13 home games. October’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture did result in a 2-1 victory for Atletico Madrid but it is worth noting that Valencia scored from a penalty kick.
Finally, here are one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis results for every one of Round 28’s 10 games. The asterisk signifies the direct head-to-head winner.
Real Madrid 13*-1-5 versus Celta
Villarreal 12*-2-5 versus Las Palmas
Getafe 2-6-11* versus Sevilla
Deportivo 6-3-10* versus Malaga
Betis 9*-4-6 versus Granada
Eibar 1-1-17* versus Barcelona
Gijon 5-2-12* versus Athletic
Sociedad 12*-1-6 versus Levante
Valencia 4-1-14* versus Atletico Madrid
Espanyol 6-5-8* versus Vallecano
Barcelona -1 to beat Eibar
Sunday 6th March, 15:00 GMT
Villarreal to beat Las Palmas
Saturday 5th March, 17:15 GMT
Valencia v Atletico Madrid under 2.5 goals
Sunday 6th March, 19:30 GMT
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.
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