Levante to leapfrog Granada in relegation zone


Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid should post wins over Malaga, Almeria and Elche respectively but Spanish Primera Division punters who want to bet at odds against should back Levante to get the better of Granada on Monday.

One could argue that Levante versus Granada is the Spanish Primera Division match of the round because both teams are four points adrift of safety with 15 games remaining. One thinks that Levante’s form is less alarming than that of Granada, Lucas Alcaraz’s side has home advantage and it accrued three points from the reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture, Ruben Garcia’s goal sealing the deal.

Levante has lost four of its last five matches across all competitions that run includes road games at Barcelona and Villarreal. Levante’s most recent home game resulted in a 4-1 Spanish Primera Division victory over seventh-placed Malaga and the Frogs have performed creditably in most of their home matches since copping 0-5 beatings from Barcelona and Real Madrid, winning four, drawing four and losing one in their last nine home games in various tournaments.

Granada has defeated only Spanish Primera Division cellar dweller Cordoba and 17th-placed Elche in its last 23 matches across all competitions and both of those victories were by one goal to nil. Granada’s Spanish Primera Division away form has fallen apart since Barcelona thrashed it 6-0 in September, collecting just four points from its last 12 league road games. All things considered, one thinks that Levante should be shorter odds than +130  that are available with Coral to beat Granada on its home pitch.

Villareal went into its UEFA Europa League home match versus Salzburg having lost three of its last five games but two of them took place at Barcelona and the other one was in the backyard of Rayo Vallecano, the Spanish Primera Division team that belies its ladder position every now and then. So, in a nutshell, one is not overly concerned by Villarreal’s recent raw figures and fancies it to beat Eibar on Sunday.

Eibar has lost four Spanish Primera Division matches in a row, facing softer opponents than Villarreal has met over the same period. Eibar and Villarreal drew 1-1 earlier in the Spanish Primera Division competition but the statistics point to the Yellow Submarine having dominated the game, including a heavily lopsided 10-2 corner-kick count.

Villarreal has won eight of its 11 Spanish Primera Division home matches, with its colours lowered by three of the top four – Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia. One thinks that Villarreal is a good bet at odds of -227  with Boylesports and WilliamHill to defeat Eibar and stay in the hunt for Spain’s fourth berth in next term’s UEFA Champions League.

Of the Spanish Primera Division shorties, Barcelona is the best bet at odds of -769  with WilliamHill to defeat a Malaga side that is sliding down the ladder.

With regards to Spanish Primera Division exotics, the top play is Sevilla to have more cards points than Sociedad on Sunday. Sevilla is the Spanish Primera Division’s second worst behaved team, averaging 34.35 cards points per game. Sociedad is the Spanish Primera Division’s second best behaved team, averaging 21.74 cards points per game. An additional fact worth noting is that Sociedad is the only Spanish Primera Division team yet to have a man sent off.

Tips Summary

Levante to beat Granada
23rd February 19:45 GMT
Odds:  +130
Where to Bet: Coral

Villareal to beat Eibar
22nd February 18:00 GMT
Odds:  -227
Where to Bet: Boylesports, WilliamHill

Lucas Alcaraz
Real Madrid
Ruben Garcia
Spanish Primera

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