A simple Spanish Primera Division rule worth following is to oppose Getafe whenever it hits the road and that is what one is going to do when the Deep Blues visit Eibar on Saturday.
To label Getafe as travel sick would be a big understatement because the Deep Blues have not won a competitive away game since they scored a late goal to beat subsequently relegated Elche 1-0 on the road in April. The last current Spanish Primera Division side that Getafe managed to defeat on its travels was, believe it or not, Eibar and that was in a Spanish Copa del Rey game in December 2014 but it is worth bearing in mind that the first leg had ended in a 3-0 home victory for the Deep Blues so the tie was as good as over and, therefore, the second leg result did not mean much.
Getafe has won three of its 10 Spanish Primera Division matches this season and each of its three victories have come at the expense of teams located in the bottom four – Las Palmas, Levante and Malaga. Getafe’s five Spanish Primera Division away games have resulted in one 0-0 draw and four losses, with its only road goal coming during its emphatic 1-3 loss at Athletic. Getafe and Eibar have had nine common Spanish Primera Division opponents and one’s reading of those collateral form lines is four wins apiece and one tie but conventional handicapping goes out of the window when it comes to the Deep Blues playing away. Anyway, Marathonbet is offering odds of +115 about Eibar getting the better of Getafe and, even in light of those collateral form lines, that is a long way from being the world’s worst bet.
Las Palmas and Sociedad will kick off the 11th round of the Spanish Primera Division and one could do a lot worse than spice up a curtain raiser that, on paper, does not look worth staying in on Friday night to watch with an exotic wager on under 10 and a half corner kicks once the likes of Bet365 and other bookmakers frame their novelty markets.
Assistant referees are not running the risk of repetitive strain injury when officiating on Las Palmas matches because they are extremely low on corner kicks. No Spanish Primera Division side has taken fewer corner kicks than Las Palmas (34) and the top-flight games of the Yellows have the lowest corners average of 7.70. Nine of the 10 Spanish Primera Division matches that Las Palmas has played have gone under 10 and a half corner kicks, with the exception being its home game against Villarreal in which both teams managed six. Las Palmas is much better at preventing corner kicks than it is at obtaining corners for itself to take.
Sociedad is another Spanish Primera Division side that has a tendency to feature in matches with relatively few corner kicks. Seven of Sociedad’s 10 Spanish Primera Division games have gone under 10 and a half corner kicks, including four of its five away matches. Sociedad is ranked in the Spanish Primera Division’s bottom half for corner kicks for but the San Sebastian-based team is quite adept at stopping them.
Finally, Celta has the advantage of a clear week to prepare for its Spanish Primera Division home date with a Valencia side that has accrued just four points from its five away games in the top flight and could struggle to back up from its trip to Gent in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. The three-day turnaround is likely to prove a huge headache for a Valencia team that, time and time again, has come up short versus the Spanish Primera Division’s big guns on the road. The jury remains out as to whether Celta is going to stick around towards the top of the Spanish Primera Division ladder but the Sky Blues are very fairly priced at odds of +100 with Bwin to capitalise on Valencia’s busy schedule.
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