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Make a Noise about Leganes in Low-Profile Game

February 22, 2018

Leganes face relegation-bound Las Palmas in La Liga on Saturday.

Leganes does not generate many headlines outside of its own patch but the Cucumber Growers should attract attention from value-conscious punters wagering on the 25th round of Spanish Primera Division games.

Saturday’s third Spanish Primera Division match will be Leganes against Las Palmas and the opportunity to back the Cucumber Growers at close to even money is too good to pass up. Leganes has lost four games in a row across all competitions, including a midweek 1-3 Spanish Primera Division home defeat versus Real Madrid, but the bulk of its form is superior to that of Las Palmas, which is in the relegation zone for good reasons.

Leganes beat Las Palmas 2-0 in September’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture, taking the lead just after the half-time interval and extending it six minutes into stoppage time. Leganes is 13th on the Spanish Primera Division ladder, 11 points ahead of an 18th-ranked Las Palmas side that has scored just five away goals in its 12 road matches. According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Leganes enjoys a 13-3-3 advantage over Las Palmas and that line is far too strong for bookmakers such as Jetbull to be listing the Cucumber Growers at odds of 1.86 . Leganes dominated last season’s corresponding Spanish Primera Division fixture, scoring three unanswered goals in the second half to win by a wide margin.

Valencia has a berth in next term’s UEFA Champions League in its sights and the Bats are generously priced at 1.74  with 888Sport to get the better of Sociedad in their Spanish Primera Division clash set down for Sunday. Two Spanish Primera Division wins on the spin has consolidated Valencia’s position in fourth place, whereas Sociedad are stuck on the bottom half of the ladder largely because its defence is the fourth most porous in the league. September’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture ended 3-2 in favour of Valencia and never did the Bats trail Sociedad in San Sebastian, plus one’s collateral form analysis favours this weekend’s hosts 11-4-4. Fans of head-to-head data will be all over goals in Sunday’s Spanish Primera Division game – each of the last three matches between Valencia and Sociedad has been won by the odd goal in five – but one is happy to settle for a Bats bet only.

Atletico Madrid almost made one’s Spanish Primera Division shortlist for its away assignment against Sevilla on Sunday but one’s third and final selection is Athletic, which is attractively quoted at 1.72  by several bookmakers, including Jetbull, for its game versus Malaga. Just Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have conceded fewer Spanish Primera Division home goals than Athletic so the Lions are undeniably hard to beat in Bilbao and Malaga’s league road record reads 1-1-10, making it the worst of the 20 teams. According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Athletic holds a 13-2-4 edge over Malaga and the count stood at 7-1-2 as one worked one’s way down the ladder. Athletic drew 3-3 at Malaga in September’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture and the Anchovies have Ignasi Miquel suspended as well as significantly more injuries than their weekend hosts, the Lions.

Below is one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form data for all 10 matches.

Deportivo 8-4-7
Celta 9-1-9
Real Madrid 14-1-4
Leganes 13-3-3
Barcelona 16-1-2
Villarreal 9-2-8
Athletic 13-2-4
Valencia 11-4-4
Sevilla 4-3-12
Levante 8-1-10

Tips Summary

Leganes to beat Espanyol
Saturday 24th February, 17:30 GMT
Odds: 1.86

Valencia to beat Sociedad
Sunday 25th February, 17:30 GMT
Odds: 1.74

Athletic Bilbao to beat Malaga
Sunday 25th February, 15:15 GMT
Odds: 1.72

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  • Primera Division
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    Eric Roberts
    Eric Roberts

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    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.