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Alaves is one of six Spanish Primera Division sides that has been more productive on its travels than in front of its own fans and one thinks that the Babazorros are likely to earn a point from its visit to La Coruna for the Deportivo derby.
Twelfth on the Spanish Primera Division ladder, Alaves has home numbers of 2-6-3 and away statistics of 4-3-4. Alaves is, arguably, punching above its weight because it has found the back of the net just 21 times in its 22 Spanish Primera Division games, a goal-scoring average that only Leganes and Granada are not beating. Defence is the strength of Alaves, with the Babazorros having leaked just 28 Spanish Primera Division goals, of which only 12 have been conceded on the road. Yes, Real Madrid and Barcelona have each flogged Alaves – Barca posted an impressive 6-0 away victory last time out – but none of the other Spanish Primera Division sides have taken the Babazorros to the cleaners.
Deportivo is 16th on the Spanish Primera Division ladder and in the midst of a relegation battle, largely because Super Depor does not know how to win on the road. Deportivo is, however, a solid proposition on its home turf, registering four victories, two draws and three losses in the Spanish Primera Division, not losing a match by more than one goal.
According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Deportivo trails Alaves 5-4-10 but the direct head to head favours Super Depor and, of course, they will enjoy home advantage when Saturday’s game takes place. Bet365 is offering odds of 13/5 3.60 +260 2.60 2.60 -0.38 about Deportivo and Alaves drawing, which is exactly what the teams have done in each of their last four meetings, three of which have occurred across various league and knockout competitions this season.
Atletico Madrid is not in UEFA Champions League action until next week so one is not put off by its schedule and one thinks that it will prevail at Gijon on Saturday.
The Spanish Primera Division ladder is not exaggerating the gulf in class between fourth-placed Atletico Madrid and third-bottom Gijon. According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Atletico boasts a big 13-4-2 edge over Gijon, including a 5-0 home win for the Mattressers in September’s reverse fixture – the Mattressers led Gijon 2-0 inside five minutes five months ago, Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro killing the contest early on.
Several bookmakers, including Marathonbet and SkyBet, are listing odds of 53/100 1.53 -189 0.53 -1.89 0.53 about Atletico Madrid doing the Spanish Primera Division double over a Gijon side that has won just one of its 18 league matches against teams ranked higher than 17th on the ladder currently.
Finally, Celta holds a 15-0-4 Spanish Primera Division collateral form lead over Osasuna but one is looking to back under 10 corners with Bet365 at 8/13 1.62 -163 0.61 -1.63 0.61 .
Spanish Primera Division games are averaging 9.71 corner kicks but matches featuring Celta have a mean of 8.86 and those featuring Osasuna have a mean of 8.50. There were eight corner kicks when Celta visited Osasuna in Spanish Primera Division’s fourth round, the Sky Blues winning the individual corners battle 5-3 in a game without a goal.
Deportivo & Alaves to Draw
Saturday 18th February, 17:30 GMT
Odds: 13/5 3.60 +260 2.60 2.60 -0.38
Atletico Madrid to beat Gijon
Saturday 18th February, 12:00 GMT
Odds: 53/100 1.53 -189 0.53 -1.89 0.53
Celta Vigo v Osasuna – Under 10 Corners
Sunday 19th February, 17:30 GMT
Odds: 8/13 1.62 -163 0.61 -1.63 0.61
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