Nasrids to Hit Rock Bottom with Loss to Reds

Osasuna and Granada meet in a La Liga basement clash on Saturday.

Osasuna is below Granada on the Spanish Primera Division ladder with two rounds of the season remaining but one’s collateral form analysis suggests that the Reds are better than the Nasrids and, consequently, one is tipping the hosts to win Saturday’s battle of the league’s worst two teams.

It is impossible for either Osasuna or Granada to escape the Spanish Primera Division’s bottom two but, with the Nasrids going from worse to worse under former Arsenal captain Tony Adams, one thinks that the Reds can leagfrog their fellow relegated side. According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Osasuna holds a 9-3-7 advantage over Granada, including a 1-1 draw in January’s reverse league fixture when the pressure that the Reds exerted resulted in the Nasrids having two men sent off late. Also, Osasuna eliminated Granada from the Spanish Copa del Rey 2-1 on aggregate, a success that included a 2-0 home victory.

Osasuna has copped some Spanish Primera Division hidings on the road in recent weeks but the Reds have been competitive in front of their supporters, registering a home win over Leganes and home draws with Gijon and Deportivo. Granada is 0-4-14 in its 18 Spanish Primera Division away matches and the Nasrids have accrued just one point from their last 11 games, a truly miserable end to a truly miserable campaign.

Bet365 is offering odds of -120  about Osasuna getting the better of Granada and, while some Spanish Primera Division punters may baulk at backing the Reds at that price to post what would be only their fourth win, one is not one of them.

Sociedad is in the hunt for a UEFA Europa League berth and one can make a case for backing La Real at odds of -175  with BoyleSports to record a home victory over Malaga on Sunday.

According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Sociedad boasts an 11-2-6 edge over Malaga and that includes La Real scoring two goals in 13 second-half minutes in their 2-0 away success over the Anchovies in January’s reverse fixture. Malaga has won each of its last four Spanish Primera Division matches but three of those games have been against weak teams and, furthermore, the Anchovies must tackle Sociedad without the man who has, arguably, been their star performer this term, Ignacio Camacho. Malaga’s defensive midfielder is banned for one Spanish Primera Division match as a consequence of picking up his 15th yellow card in 34 league appearances.

Sociedad’s Spanish Primera Division head to heads versus Sevilla, Villarreal and Athletic are unfavourable so if La Real ends up level on points with any of those three sides, they will be the lower ranked. Sociedad will be up for the challenge of earning three Spanish Primera Division points off a Malaga team that cannot move up the ladder at all.

There is an interesting story in Saturday’s Spanish Primera Division match between Espanyol and Valencia. Pablo Piatti cannot run out for Espanyol because of a clause in his loan deal from Valencia and he has been one of his temporary side’s key contributors in terms of goals and assists.

According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Espanyol enjoys an 11-1-7 lead over Valencia but it was 6-0-6 until one factored in games featuring the teams towards the bottom of the ladder. In light of that and the news regarding Piatti, one believes that there is some punting value in the draw at odds of +270  with Marathonbet.

Tips Summary

Osasuna to beat Granada
Saturday 13th May, 17:30 GMT
Odds:  -120

Real Sociedad to beat Malaga
Sunday 14th May, 19:00 GMT
Odds:  -175

Espanyol and Valencia to draw
Saturday 13th May, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +270

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