Las Palmas is one of just two Spanish Primera Division sides yet to experience a home defeat and, therefore, the Yellows demand attention whenever they play the role of hosts.
The Spanish Primera Division big three of Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid were the only teams to have won a league match at Las Palmas in 2016. Las Palmas is 4-4-0 in its eight Spanish Primera Division home games this term and the Yellows will not be losing any sleep over the visit of 18th-ranked Gijon to the Canary Islands on Saturday.
Gijon kicked off its Spanish Primera Division campaign with a 2-1 home victory over a disappointing Athletic side but it has been downhill ever since for Sporting, with the Red and Whites beating just 16th-placed Leganes and rock-bottom Osasuna in their subsequent 15 league matches. Gijon is 0-2-6 on its Spanish Primera Division travels, with its draws being goalless games versus Alaves and Granada.
Sixteen rounds into the Spanish Primera Division season and Las Palmas and Gijon have had 14 common opponents. According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Las Palmas boasts a 6-6-2 advantage over Gijon, which backs up the league table on which the Yellows are on the top half.
William Hill is offering odds of -137 about Las Palmas putting Gijon to the sword and that strikes one as a fair exchange in light of the various statistics cited above.
Espanyol has not defeated any great shakes in the Spanish Primera Division this term – the Budgerigars have not got the better of a team ranked higher than 12th – so, even though one rates the Barcelona-based side superior to Deportivo, one is reluctant to take around even money.
One rates Espanyol above Deportivo because they have faced 16 identical Spanish Primera Division teams and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Budgerigars enjoy a 6-5-3 lead over Super Depor. The Spanish Primera Division ladder is not lying when it comes to these two sides.
But a play on the half-time/full-time double market is in order because Deportivo is a much stronger first-half team than its overall ladder position suggests. Deportivo would be fourth in the Spanish Primera Division if all the games in the first 16 rounds had finished at half time. Deportivo is 6-7-3 irrespective of Spanish Primera Division venue but Super Depor are 0-6-2 on the road, trailing Barcelona and Malaga at the interval. One is going to take a punt on Espanyol and Deportivo being all square at half time – the Budgerigars have been on level terms in 11 of their 16 Spanish Primera Division matches, including five of their eight home games – before the hosts get on top later.
Atletico Madrid and Eibar have had 16 common Spanish Primera Division opponents and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Mattressers hold a 7-3-4 advantage over the Gunners. Eibar has won six of its 16 Spanish Primera Division matches but its two most eye-catching results – home victories over Sociedad and Villarreal – had more than their fair share of luck. Sociedad played three-quarters of its Spanish Primera Division game at Eibar with 10 men and Villarreal led at the Gunners until the last 10 minutes.
Las Palmas to beat Gijon
Saturday 7th January, 17:30 GMT
Draw/Espanyol – HT/FT Result
Friday 6th January, 19:45 GMT
Atletico Madrid to beat Eibar
Saturday 7th January, 15:15 GMT