Celta to continue climb back up the ladder


Celta has got its Spanish Primera Division campaign back on track in recent weeks and it rates as the best bet on the Spanish Primera Division coupon because it is available at odds of -182  with Bwin to defeat Elche.

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid attract 90 per cent of the Spanish Primera Division headlines so Celta’s upturn in form – it has not had a stinker of a result in any of its eight league matches since the turn of the year – has gone under the radar, certainly more than the poor run that the Sky Blues endured towards the end of 2014. Celta has won three of its last four Spanish Primera Division games and it would be fair to say that it has not under performed since losing 0-1 at home to Almeria not long before Christmas.

Celta took its time but eventually it scored to beat Elche in the reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture five months ago and the Sky Blues do not have a great deal to fear from a team that has benefitted from a red-card decision in each of its last three league victories. Elche has not won any of its last 11 Spanish Primera Division matches that have ended with both sides have a full compliment of 11 players.

Real Madrid has won 16 of its 24 Spanish Primera Division games having led at both half time and full time and one is keen to back the Meringues at odds of -143  with BetVictor to put Villarreal to the sword in double-quick time on Sunday.

Nine of Real Madrid’s 11 Spanish Primera Division home matches have paid out the Real/Real half-time full-time double result, with the two exceptions being its 3-1 win over Barcelona and its 1-2 loss to Atletico Madrid. With all due respect to Villarreal, the Yellow Submarine’s results in Spanish Primera Division games versus the top teams have been poor for a few seasons now and one is convinced that they are worth opposing against sides such as Real Madrid.

One has to fly in the face of a statistic to support Real Madrid on the half-time/full-time double-result market, which is that Villarreal is the one and only Spanish Primera Division side yet to lose an away game having been behind at half time. One is comfortable with flying in its face, not least because Villarreal will be backing up from UEFA Europa League action, whereas Real Madrid will have had a clear week to prepare for the Spanish Primera Division clash.

Real Madrid beat Villarreal 2-0 at El Madrigal five months ago, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring before half time to put the Spanish Primera Division match in the locker of the Meringues before the sides ate their oranges.

There is an extremely straightforward case for supporting Valencia, one of the Spanish Primera Division’s strongest home teams, to beat Sociedad, one of the league’s weakest away sides, when they lock horns at the Mestalla on Sunday.

Valencia’s Spanish Primera Division home record reads 10 wins, one draw and one loss, whereas Sociedad’s league away numbers are zero wins, six draws and five losses. SkyBet is listing Valencia at odds of -149  to snare three Spanish Primera Division points at the expense of Sociedad. The reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture ended 1-1.

With regards to Spanish Primera Division exotics, keep out an eye for odds about Bilbao having more corner kicks than Eibar in their Sunday showdown. No Spanish Primera Division team has worse corner-kick statistics than Eibar, which has attacked an average of 3.75 corner kicks and defended an average of 6.88 corner kicks. Bilbao’s Spanish Primera Division corner-kick ratio is the fifth best in the league – better than that of Real Madrid – as it is averaging 5.67 corner kicks for and 4.21 corner kicks against.

Tips Summary

Celta to beat Elche
2nd March 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -182
Where to Bet: Bwin

Real Madrid to beat Villarreal HT/FT
1st March 20:00 GMT
Odds:  -143
Where to Bet: BetVictor

Valencia to beat Sociedad
1st March 11:00 GMT
Odds:  -167
Where to Bet: SkyBet

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