Betis is not the hottest favourite on the Spanish Primera Division coupon but the Green and Whites are justifiably odds on to beat Alaves at their home ground on Saturday.
Eight rounds into the Spanish Primera Division season and, remarkably, Betis and Alaves have faced seven of the same sides – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sociedad, Villarreal, Celta, Levante and Deportivo – so it is incredibly easy to line up the Green and Whites with the Babazorros. According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Betis has outperformed Alaves versus Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sociedad, Villarreal, Celta, Levante and Deportivo to enjoy a 7-0-0 lead. Ten points and 11 rungs separate Betis and Alaves on the Spanish Primera Division ladder and it would seem that the gap does not flatter the higher ranked Green and Whites.
One is not overly concerned either about Betis losing 3-6 at home to Valencia on its last Spanish Primera Division start – more about the Bats later in this article – or the Green and Whites boasting a dreadful head-to-head record against Alaves last season. Recent form is more important than data from last term and, besides, Betis has shown that it is a very different team this season from its previous version. The home win is a best price of -169 with Jetbull.
Back to Valencia and it is attractively priced at -105 with Bet365 to get the better of Sevilla at home on Saturday in a Spanish Primera Division match that comes at the best possible time for the Bats and the worst possible time for the White and Reds.
Just two points split Valencia and Sevilla on the Spanish Primera Division ladder but there are strong indicators that the Bats are a fair bit stronger than the White and Reds. Valencia and Sevilla’s common Spanish Primera Division foes have been Atletico Madrid, Athletic, Las Palmas and Malaga and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Bats enjoy a 3-1-0 advantage over the White and Reds.
Whereas Valencia, for which the days of having Gary Neville as its manager must feel like years ago rather than only 12 months back, has had a clear week to prepare for its crack at five Spanish Primera Divisions wins on the spin, Sevilla lost 0-1 at Athletic last weekend before traipsing off to Russia and copping a 1-5 UEFA Champions League hammering at Spartak Moskva, a flogging that the White and Reds deserved.
Another Spanish Primera Division side backing up from a big midweek trip is UEFA Europa League participant Sociedad, which is worth opposing in its home league game versus Espanyol on Monday. The bet in which one is interested in Espanyol either to draw or triumph in San Sebastian at odds of +104 with 888Sport.
Espanyol is below Sociedad on the Spanish Primera Division ladder but one thinks that there is little to choose between the Budgerigars and La Real. Real Madrid, Villarreal, Celta, Levante and Deportivo are the five teams that have lined up against both Espanyol and Sociedad in the Spanish Primera Division and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Budgerigars and La Real are tied at 2-1-2. Factor in Sociedad’s UEFA Europa League Group L exertions away to Vardar in Macedonia on Thursday and one would rather back Espanyol at greater than even money not to lose in San Sebastian than support La Real at lower than evens.
Only two of the three sides in the Spanish Primera Division relegation zone, Las Palmas and Malaga, have conceded more top-flight goals than Sociedad and Espanyol earned a 1-1 draw in last term’s corresponding league fixture.
Real Betis to beat Alaves
Saturday 21st October, 15:15 GMT
Valencia to beat Sevilla
Saturday 21st October, 17:30 GMT
Espanyol or Draw – Double chance
Monday 23rd October, 19:00 GMT