Keep with Faith with High-Flying Getafe

Jorge Molina

Getafe v Vallecano – 23rd February – 12:00 BST

Getafe has been a great friend to Spanish Primera Division punters who have more faith in numbers than reputations and one sees no reason not to back the Deep Blues again in Round 25 even though they are taking place in a Madrid derby.

Vallecano is Getafe’s Spanish Primera Division opponent on Saturday and, even though a whopping 14 rungs separate them on the ladder, bookmakers are offering decent odds about the Deep Blues registering their 10th win of what has been a terrific season for them. Defeated only by Atletico Madrid and Barcelona since the middle of November, Getafe is fifth on the Spanish Primera Division ladder and breathing down the neck of fourth-ranked Sevilla for the league’s final UEFA Champions League berth. Getafe has come up short in its Spanish Primera Division battles with the top three teams – Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid – but the Deep Blues have been consistently superior to the remainder of their top-flight rivals. Consequently, according to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Getafe holds a 13-1-5 lead over Vallecano, including progressive counts of 8-1-2 and 12-1-3, plus a 2-1 away victory in October’s reverse fixture. Vallecano has lost each of its last three Spanish Primera Division matches and Atletico Madrid did not need to be anywhere near its best to post a 1-0 road win over Rayo in last weekend’s derby game.

A theme of this term’s Spanish Primera Division has been the lack of respect bookmakers have shown to the likes of Getafe and Alaves and one makes no apology for headling the Deep Blues for what seems like the umpteenth time this season. Bruno Gonzalez serves the final Spanish Primera Division match of his suspension this weekend but Getafe has been playing well without him so one is not overly concerned.

TOP TIP! – Getafe to beat Vallecano @  -137   with BetVictor

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Huesca Athletic

Athletic v Eibar – 23rd February – 19:45 BST

TOP TIP! – Atletic and Eibar to draw @  +240

Another Spanish Primera Division derby in Round 25 is the Basque clash between Athletic and Eibar at +240   with 188Bet. Betting on draws in such encounters is seldom a bad idea and one can find many reasons to wager on Athletic and Eibar sharing the spoils.

According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Athletic trails Eibar 7-4-8 overall but there is a progressive count of 4-4-4 and October’s reverse fixture ended 1-1 after both sides scored in the first 21 minutes. One does a lot of number crunching across various European football leagues and, when collateral form data pops up such as that mentioned above, it pays to trust it and bet on there being little to choose between the teams. Athletic’s Spanish Primera Division form has improved since Gaizka Garitano became its coach and San Mames provides the Lions with a genuine home advantage but Eibar has lost only one of its last 11 league games and that was away to Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid v Villarreal – 24th February – 15:15 BST

TOP TIP! – Atletico Madrid to beat Villarreal @  -172

It is natural Atletico Madrid will have one eye on its UEFA Champions League return match versus Juventus next week but one is going to trust the professionalism of the Mattressmen to take care of their Spanish Primera Division business when they host relegation-threatened Villarreal on Sunday at -172   with 188Bet.

Atletico Madrid enjoys a 14-1-4 Spanish Primera Division collateral form advantage over Villarreal, including a 1-1 draw in October’s reverse fixture the Mattressmen led with 25 minutes to go. Villareal will have one day fewer than Atletico to prepare for Sunday’s Spanish Primera Division game because the Yellow Submarine drew 1-1 with Portugal’s Sporting in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday.


Espanyol 10-4-5

Getafe 13-1-5

Sevilla 5-0-14

Alaves 10-1-8

Athletic 7-4-8

Leganes 6-4-9

Atletico Madrid 14-1-4

Valladolid 7-1-9

Levante 4-3-12

Girona 8-3-8

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