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Granada and Levante to bore spectators rigid

March 28, 2014

granadaThe penultimate match of the 31st round of Spanish Primera Division games throws up the premier punt because several bookmakers, including BetVictor and Stan James, are offering odds of 1.62 that the clash between low-scoring Granada and Levante will go under two and a half goals.

When it comes to entertainment value, Granada and Levante are two of the Spanish Primera Division’s worst four teams. The Spanish Primera Division is a high scoring competition but not because of the exploits of Granada and Levante. The 30 Spanish Primera Division matches of Granada have featured an average of 2.27 goals and 17 of them have gone under two and a half goals. The 30 Spanish Primera Division games of Levante have been even less productive with a mean of 2.17 goals and 18 of them have gone under the popular line.

Granada’s visit to Levante in the 12th round of the Spanish Primera Division tournament resulted in a 1-0 away win but only Piti broke the deadlock in second-half stoppage time, otherwise it would have ended goalless. Even so, Levante leads with the division with one-fifth of its 30 Spanish Primera Division matches featuring to feature a goal.

The case for betting on under two and a half goals in the Spanish Primera Division game between Granada and Levante does not want for statistics. Granada has kept clean sheets in five of its last six Spanish Primera Division matches, while Levante has failed to score in three of its last four league games. Over two and a half goals would be a shock.

Valencia is worth including in multiples at odds of 1.44 with several bookmakers, including Bwin and Paddy Power, to be triumphant in its Spanish Primera Division match against relegation-threatened Getafe.

Getafe’s results across all competitions since just before Christmas read like a horror story. Getafe beat Girona 4-1 in a Spanish Copa del Rey tie in it was fully expected to win before embarking on a 16-game winless streak that has featured five draws and 11 losses. And prior to all that Getafe crashed 0-1 at home to Valencia in the Spanish Primera Division, Dorlan Pabon scoring the only goal.

Valencia has lost only two of its last 15 matches across all competitions and both of them were by 0-1 scorelines on the road. Valencia is a formidable force at the Mestalla and odds of 1.44 are simply too attractive to turn down.

Finally, all eyes will be Atletico Madrid as the Spanish Primera Division leader with eight rounds to go travels to Bilbao knowing that its championship destiny is in its own hands after Real Madrid lost back-to-back games. Atletico is the favourite but Bilbao is not an easy place for away sides to play and, therefore, the draw represents much better value at odds of 3.40 with Ladbrokes and Stan James.

Bilbao’s Spanish Primera Division home numbers read 11 wins, three draws and one loss, with its only San Mames defeat being a shock 1-2 reverse against Espanyol. Admittedly, Atletico Madrid boasts a 2-1 Spanish Copa del Rey away win over Bilbao from two months ago but one can forgive the home team for that because it was chasing the tie on aggregate.

The bottom line is that Bilbao’s Spanish Primera Division home record is superior to Atletico Madrid’s league away record and, even though the difference is only marginal, there is no logical reason why Diego Simeone’s title contender is markedly shorter odds than its opponent.

The Spanish Primera Division round kicks off with the city derby between Espanyol and Barcelona. Everything points to a Barca victory but the Camp Nou side is not worth supporting at odds of 1.36 when Valencia is 1.44 to defeat Getafe.

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Eric Roberts
Eric Roberts

Sports Journalist

Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.