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Elche is a Spanish Primera Division team that flies under the radar but one has it in one’s sights for its home game against Eibar in the fourth round of the competition.
The match kicks off the Spanish Primera Division program on Friday night and the bet in which one is interested in Elche to beat Eibar and keep a clean sheet as well, an option that Sky Bet is offering at the attractive odds of +225 .
That Elche maintained its Spanish Primera Division status in the season following its promotion had a lot to do with its home form and, in particular, its ability to stop sides from scoring at the Manuel Martinez Valero. Only Spanish Primera Division champion Atletico Madrid conceded fewer home goals than Elche, which finished its campaign having only leaked 12 goals in its 19 home games. A little known fact is that Elche is unbeaten in its last 11 Spanish Primera Division home matches, including a goalless draw versus Barcelona.
Eibar finds itself in the same situation as Elche did last term – new to the Spanish Primera Division and scrapping for every point in its new environment. Eibar kicked off its Spanish Primera Division campaign with a 1-0 home win over Sociedad and followed up that with a creditable 1-2 away loss against Atletico Madrid. But Eibar would have been disappointed to lose 0-1 at home to fellow promoted side Deportivo, a result that perhaps is a more accurate pointer to its true level than the two results that had preceded it.
Only Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid managed to score more than one goal on Elche’s pitch in last season’s Spanish Primera Division and nine away teams, including eight of the last 10 visitors, failed to hit the back of the net. This is a game that Elche would have earmarked as one that it has to win to keep its Spanish Primera Division membership card and its win-to-nil odds are sufficiently large to get involved.
Cordoba is the Spanish Primera Division relegation favourite and, even though its match versus Sevilla is an Andalusian derby, one cannot pass up odds of +100 with Ladbrokes and William Hill that the UEFA Europa League holder triumphs.
One could argue that Cordoba does not deserve to be in the Spanish Primera Division. Cordoba was seventh in last term’s Spanish Segunda Division and only snuck into the promotion play-offs because Barcelona II, which finished third, was ineligible. Cordoba beat Murcia 2-1 on aggregate and Las Palmas on away goals thanks to a stoppage-time goal to accompany Eibar and Deportivo into the Spanish Primera Division. Cordoba is odds on across the board to go back down at the first time of asking and it has not been in front in any of its three Spanish Primera Division matches.
There is a saying that form goes out of the window in derby games but the odds on offer and Sevilla’s historical record against Cordoba – the favourite has won each of the three friendly matches between the sides in the 2010s – means that the UEFA Europa League champion makes it on to one’s list.
Finally, it will be bottom versus top when Levante and Barcelona clash in Spanish Primera Division action in Valencia. Levante has made a horrible start to its Spanish Primera Division campaign, carrying over its poor pre-season form into games that matter, failing to score a goal in its losses to Bilbao and Villarreal and its draw versus Malaga.
Barcelona has played Bilbao and Villarreal in its opening three Spanish Primera Division matches and its results have been the complete opposite of Levante’s. Barcelona has not conceded a Spanish Primera Division goal and Levante has not scored a Spanish Primera Division goal so one believes that Paddy Power and Sky Bet are asking for trouble quoting odds of -110 about a Barca win to nil in Sunday’s showdown.
Elche to beat Eibar to nil
19th September 20:00 GMT
Where to Bet: Sky Bet
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