Malaga’s Spanish Primera Division campaign has got off to a terrible start and one does not expect things to take a turn for the better when the Anchovies visit one of the league’s eight undefeated teams, Atletico Madrid, on Sunday.
Losing seven of its eight pre-season matches suggested that Malaga may struggle in the Spanish Primera Division and the Anchovies have scored just one goal in their championship losses to Eibar, Girona and Las Palmas. Malaga has had two Spanish Primera Division home games and it is yet to face any of the league’s heavyweights so the outlook for the Anchovies is bleak unless they improve significantly.
On a Spanish Primera Division collateral form line through Las Palmas, Malaga is several goals inferior to Atletico Madrid – the Anchovies lost 1-3 at home to the Yellows one round after the Mattressers posted a 5-1 away win over them. Atletico is relatively short odds to accrue three Spanish Primera Division points from its home date with Malaga but Coral and Ladbrokes are offering nearly even money – odds of 91/1001.91-1100.91-1.100.91 – about the Mattressers doing the half-time/full-time double over the Anchovies. Atletico has won each of its last three matches against Malaga and the Mattressers led the Anchovies at half time in both of last term’s clashes.
Atletico Madrid has a UEFA Champions League assignment in Italy versus Roma on Tuesday but the four-day gap between international and domestic games should be sufficient for the Mattressers to be at their best against a Malaga side that is heading for the drop until it gets its act together.
Sociedad is higher than Real Madrid on the Spanish Primera Division ladder following three rounds but one wants to back the Meringues to end La Real’s unbeaten start to the season because William Hill is quoting them at odds of 3/41.75-1330.75-1.330.75 .
Both Sociedad and Real Madrid have run into Deportivo in the Spanish Primera Division already and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Meringues are a goal better than La Real. Factor in that Sociedad has lost each of its last three matches in the series – failing to score a goal in those games – and the case against La Real is obvious. Indeed, Sociedad has lost each of its last five matches versus Real so the head-to-head data is compelling.
Arguably the biggest game of the Spanish Primera Division round is Saturday’s derby match between Levante and Valencia for which one thinks bookmakers are not showing sufficient respect to the Frogs in their home league game.
Levante defeated Valencia 1-0 in last term’s corresponding Spanish Primera Division fixture and, according to this season’s collateral form line through Real Madrid, the neighbours are equal – the Frogs drew 1-1 at the Meringues one round after the Bats drew 2-2 at the champions.
So many statistics, including those pertaining to attempts, point to Levante and Valencia being very evenly matched and, generally speaking, backing the draw is rarely a dumb idea in local scraps. The draw is available at odds of 12/53.40+2402.402.40-0.42 with many bookmakers, including 188Bet, Betfred and BetVictor, and it makes sense to support the outsider of the options.
Atletico Madrid HT/FT Double result
Saturday 16th September, 19:45 GMT
Real Madrid to beat Real Sociedad
Sunday 17th September, 19:45 GMT
Levante and Valencia to Draw
Saturday 16th September, 12:00 GMT
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.
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