Espanyol to Stifle Sociedad in Low-Scoring Affair


Everything points to a low-scoring Spanish Primera Division match when Sociedad hosts Espanyol on Saturday and yet one can get odds of -143 about under two and a half goals with Marathonbet to soothe the pain of watching a boring game.

Espanyol will make the trip north east from Barcelona to San Sebastian with one thing at the forefront of its mind – not to concede anything close to the six goals that it leaked when Real Madrid and, in particular, Cristiano Ronaldo ran riot in the third round of Spanish Primera Division matches.

It is only natural to expect Espanyol to play cautiously in its next Spanish Primera Division game so one can see the Parakeets setting up shop to frustrate a Sociedad side that has failed to score in any of its three league matches and struggled to rustle the onion bag in most of its friendlies.

One did not comprehend why Sociedad officials moved heaven and earth to recruit David Moyes because his coaching record was overrated long before he flopped as Manchester United manager. It has taken a while but Spanish Primera Division fans have woken up to Moyes and, unless Sociedad starts to win and entertain – certainly the former and probably the latter as well – he is going to be out of a job again.

According to one’s records, not one of Sociedad’s last 10 competitive and friendly games has gone over two and a half goals. Sociedad has scored zero goals in its first three Spanish Primera Division matches and Espanyol’s goals-for tally stands at just two. Surely the probability of Sociedad and Espanyol combining for under two and a half goals is greater than 57.80 per cent associated with odds of -137 .

Another Spanish Primera Division game that may be tough to watch is Friday’s fixture between Getafe and Malaga. It is a candidate for a punt on under two and a half goals at odds of -182 with the same bookmaker.

Getafe has struggled to carve out opportunities in the first three Spanish Primera Division rounds and Pablo Sarabia is not a certainty to return to its ranks on Friday. Even if Sarabia suits up for Getafe he is unlikely to be 100% fit and he is unquestionably the key man for the Deep Blues.

Malaga has had a difficult start to its Spanish Primera Division campaign – home to Eibar and Sevilla, away to Barcelona – but it has conceded only one goal. However, Malaga is like Sociedad in that it has yet to celebrate a goal of its own. It is hard to make a case for Getafe and Malaga combining for lots of goals on Friday given their need for Spanish Primera Division points – the former is anchored to the foot of the ladder – and scoring data.

Finally, Real Madrid has a history of not just beating Granada but thrashing Granada. Fresh from smashing four goals past Shakhtar in its UEFA Champions League Group A opener, Real will be licking its lips at hosting a Granada team that lost 1-9 at the Santiago Bernabeu in last season’s corresponding Spanish Primera Division fixture. It shapes as a perfect opportunity for Real forward Ronaldo to stock up on goals and get a jump on his Spanish Primera Division Golden Boot rivals. Everyone knows that Ronaldo does not believe in passing up chances to bag hat-tricks, even if he has to hurt the feelings of his Real colleagues to do so.

PaddyPower is offering odds of -175 that Real Madrid beats Granada by more than two goals in Saturday’s Spanish Primera Division match. Granada has conceded three goals in two of its first three Spanish Primera Division games and that includes a 1-3 home loss to Eibar. It is hard to make a case for Real scoring fewer than three goals on its home pitch.

Tips Summary

Sociedad v Espanyol Under 2.5 goals
19th September 21:00 GMT
Odds:  -143

Getafe v Malaga Under 2.5 goals
18th September 19:30 GMT
Odds:  -182

Real Madrid -2 to beat Granada
19th September 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -175

Cristiano Ronaldo
Deep Blues
Pablo Sarabia
Real Madrid
Spanish Primera Division
UEFA Champions League

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