It is not often that Barcelona is attractive odds to win a Spanish Primera Division match against one of the league’s lightweights so one has to rate Barca as the best bet of fifth round that will take place from Tuesday to Thursday.
Barcelona will attempt to make it five wins from its first five Spanish Primera Division games when its tackles Celta on Wednesday and one thinks that bookmakers are reading too much into the Vigo-based team’s fourth place on the ladder.
Celta could not have hoped for a better start to its Spanish Primera Division campaign because it has been handed every conceivable advantage. First, Levante defensive midfielder Simao Mate received his marching orders five minutes into his side’s Spanish Primera Division opener versus Celta, a match that Eduardo Berizzo’s team went on to win 2-1. Celta had to wait until the ninth minute of its second Spanish Primera Division game to get a helping hand, Rayo goalkeeper Tono sent off and Nolito converting the associated penalty kick in a match that Berizzo’s side ended up taking out by a 3-0 margin. Incredibly, Las Palmas goalkeeper Javi Varas did precisely what Tono did in Celta’s third Spanish Primera Division game but Berizzo’s team could only draw 3-3 at home to a side that was a player light for all except 11 minutes. And Celta caught Sevilla exhausted off the back of its UEFA Champions League Group D home match against Monchengladbach.
Punters who do not scratch beneath the surface will think that Celta is one of the Spanish Primera Division’s form teams but the truth is somewhat different. It is hard to assess the value of Celta’s 10 points from its four Spanish Primera Division games but one would have to say that a 3-3 home draw versus a promoted Las Palmas side that had 10 men for more than 80 minutes of action was a terrible result.
Wednesday is likely to be the day on which Celta is exposed as being nowhere near Spanish Primera Division top-four class and one was expecting bookmakers to be more astute when framing their match markets. Barcelona is massively over the odds at -175 with BetVictor to maintain its 100 per cent start to the Spanish Primera Division season. One was expecting to see Barcelona trading at odds of around -333 .
Atletico Madrid against Getafe is a Spanish Primera Division derby but that is insufficient to stop the Mattressers being worth supporting at odds of -345 with William Hill to bank three home points on Tuesday.
Diego Simeone has no selection concerns as Atletico Madrid strives for its seventh consecutive home victory over Getafe across all competitions. However, Simeone’s opposite number, Fran Escriba, has a headache or two, the biggest of which concerns Emiliano Velazquez. A condition of Atletico Madrid lending Velazquez to Getafe was that the defender, who has been one of his temporary team’s strongest performers, would not face his parent club. So Getafe will run out at the Vicente Calderon with a new pairing at the heart of its defence, something that one expects Atletico to exploit.
Finally, one fancies Sporting’s chance of getting at least one Spanish Primera Division point out of its visit to Rayo on Wednesday, available at 1.73 with Boylesports. Sporting has made a sound start to life back among Spain’s big boys and it boasts a collateral form line edge over Rayo. Sporting’s latest Spanish Primera Division match resulted in a 3-2 win at Deportivo, whereas Rayo lost 1-3 at home to the same opponent one round earlier. Yes, Rayo did finish its Spanish Primera Division game versus Deportivo with 10 players but there was no more scoring following Patrick Ebert’s 77th-minute dismissal.
Barcelona to beat Celta
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Atletico Madrid to beat Getafe
22nd September 19:00 GMT
Sporting win/draw v Rayo
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