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Espanyol and Eibar are set for a match with few goals.

Espanyol and Eibar are set for a match with few goals.

The Spanish Primera Division is known for its high-scoring matches but, if you want entertainment, you may want to avoid tuning into Saturday’s match between Espanyol and Eibar that has under two and a half goals written all over it.

Espanyol has scored only nine goals in its eight Spanish Primera Division games, failing to find the back of the net in four of its last five league matches. It is worth bearing in mind that Espanyol netted six times in the first couple of Spanish Primera Division rounds and those games featured 14 goals. Only one of Espanyol’s last six Spanish Primera Division matches has gone over two and a half goals and that was its 2-1 win at fellow struggler Osasuna in September.

No Spanish Primera Division side has fired off fewer shots than Espanyol and it welcomes an Eibar team that tends to adopt a conservative mindset on the road. Three of Eibar’s four Spanish Primera Division games have gone over two and a half goals but none of them has exceeded three and the one that stayed under the total was its 1-1 draw at Real Madrid at the beginning of October. Odds of -141  with 188Bet about Espanyol and Eibar combining for under two and a half goals appeal – one is not expecting a repeat of last term’s 4-2 result.

Betis supporters are calling for Gus Poyet’s head eight rounds into the Spanish Primera Division season and one understands why. Betis is sitting outside the Spanish Primera Division relegation zone – something that is not true of its upcoming opponent, Osasuna – but its defensive statistics are alarming. Betis has conceded Spanish Primera Division 18 goals and, perhaps more disturbingly, it leads the competition for shots allowed by a wide margin. Betis has given up 146 Spanish Primera Division shots and Alaves is the next worst offender on 123.

According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Osasuna and Betis are level on 1-1-1 so, in the circumstances – the former hosting the latter – one is going to take punt on the Reds at odds of +165  with several bookmakers, including Unibet, to be triumphant on Saturday. Those odds imply that Osasuna is inferior to Betis and one does not buy that. Also, Poyet may be just one more bad result from getting the sack and, if his players want to see the back of him, they may not pull out all the stops in Pamplona. Poyet is a unique character who has lost dressing rooms previously.

Finally, there is a good case for backing over two and a half goals at odds of +112  with 188Bet when Spanish Primera Division battlers Granada and Gijon clash.

Six of Granada’s eight Spanish Primera Division matches have gone over two and a half goals and Gijon leads the league with seven of its games exceeding the most popular betting line. Both Granada and Gijon are a mess defensively so one is hoping that their relatively poor attacks will have a rare good day at the office on Saturday. Gijon central defender Fernando Amorebieta is suspended because he has collected five yellow cards in the first eight Spanish Primera Division rounds and, believe it or not, he has been one of Sporting’s better players this term. It has not been his fault that Gijon has leaked 18 Spanish Primera Division goals as he is just one member of its rearguard action.

Tips Summary

Espanyol v Eibar – Under 2.5 goals
Saturday 22nd October, 12:00 GMT
Odds:  -141

Osasuna to beat Real Betis
Friday 21st October, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  +165

Granada v Gijon – Over 2.5 Goals
Saturday 22nd October, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  +112