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Bet is to oppose Betis in spite of manager change

January 23, 2014

la ligaBet on the latest Betis coach change making no difference to the form of the Seville-based side and back Celta to collect three points from its latest Spanish Primera Division match.

Juan Carlos Garrido became the second Betis boss to get sent packing this season – current West Bromwich manager Pepe Mel was the first – after spending only a month and a half at the helm. Gabriel Humberto Calderon is the new man to be charged with keeping Betis in the Spanish Primera Division.

Betis finished last season’s Spanish Primera Division in seventh place to earn a place in this term’s UEFA Europa League. But Betis is unrecognisable from this time last year, with its squad vastly different and it stuck eight points away from the safety of 17th spot on the ladder.

Changing managers for Betis is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic and, given that one new coach has failed to breathe life into its campaign, one must think that the second new boss is likely to struggle as well.

Betis is trading at odds of 2.05 with MyBet to lose its Spanish Primera Division game at Celta. Betis has taken two away points from a possible 27, scoring just six goals. And while Celta’s home record is not that flash – two wins, four draws and four losses – it did win the reverse fixture 2-1, with Betis only getting its goal when it was 11 versus ten.

Real Madrid is surprisingly big odds of 1.90 with Unibet to beat Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu without conceding a goal against its Spanish Primera Division mid-table foe.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side has won five Spanish Primera Division matches on the spin to close the gap on Atletico Madrid and Barcelona to just one point having looked almost out of the championship race a few weeks ago. And having beaten Granada 1-0 in the reverse fixture five months ago, Real Madrid will be confident of keeping the heat on their city and Clasico rivals with yet another straightforward home victory.

In terms of points collected, Granada has the best Spanish Primera Division away record of any team ranked lower than fifth on the ladder having won four, drawn two and lost three of its nine road games. But Granada has not covered itself in glory away from home against Spain’s top sides, losing 0-4 at Barcelona and 0-3 at Villarreal. Granada’s road successes have come at the expense of Elche, Levante, Osasuna and Rayo Vallecano – all of which are below the fold. Surely another emphatic away loss to one of the big boys awaits and Real Madrid is overpriced to win to nil.

Finally, Bilbao looks like a false favourite for its Spanish Primera Division road match versus Osasuna. To be honest, neither Bilbao nor Osasuna inspire confidence so backing the draw, which is available at odds of 3.40 with Youwin.com, appeals as a good value bet on the game.

Bilbao is a short price for a team that has won only three of its nine Spanish Primera Division away matches, scoring just nine goals in those games. Osasuna’s home record is one point superior to that of Bilbao – the former has registered three wins, two draws and four losses compared to the latter’s three wins, one draw and five losses – so one should not be falling over one’s self to back either side.

Given the uninspiring home record of Osasuna, away record of Bilbao and scoring record of both teams, one could go one step further than backing the draw at odds of 3.40 and opt for a correct-score punt. Most bookies in Europe are offering odds of 7.00 about Osasuna and Bilbao sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw. That looks like the speculative Spanish Primera Division bet of the round.

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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.