Three of Atletico Madrid’s regular starting defenders will sit out the final round of the Spanish Primera Division so one rates both teams to score when the Mattressers host Athletic on Sunday as the best bet on the coupon.
Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin and Filipe Luis cannot feature for Atletico Madrid against Athletic and, while one expects to see the Mattressers wound up fully by their demanding boss, Diego Simeone, they may lack the defensive quality to shut out the Lions in what is a big match for the visitors.
Athletic is in the hunt for one of the Spanish Primera Division’s UEFA Europa League spots and it is in control of its own destiny because it boasts a head-to-head advantage over Sociedad, which is level on 63 points with the Lions after 37 rounds. Athletic will be up for the contest and, while one cannot pull the trigger on the Lions because of their Spanish Primera Division away losses to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal, one can see them contributing to a game without a clean sheet.
January’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture between Atletico Madrid and Athletic resulted in a 2-2 draw in which both sides found the back of the net before half time. With 32Red, 888Sport and Unibet offering odds of -118 about both Atletico and Athletic scoring on Sunday in what will be the last-ever Spanish Primera Division match at the Vicente Calderon, one makes it one’s headline selection.
Backing both teams to score is the way that one wants to play Saturday’s Spanish Primera Division game between Gijon and Betis, an option that is available at odds of -149 . Gijon cannot escape the Spanish Primera Division drop zone due to its bad head-to-head record versus Deportivo so, to all intents and purposes, there is nothing on the match.
Gijon drew 0-0 at Betis in January’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture but that was when the result meant a lot to both sides. In what is very likely to be akin to a friendly game, one is more interested in a couple of other pieces of data. Gijon has kept just one clean sheet in its 18 Spanish Primera Division home matches and Betis has managed to shut out only one team in its 18 league road games. For the record, Las Palmas failed to score at Gijon in the Spanish Primera Division, while Betis prevented Celta from scoring in front of the Sky Blues supporters in the top flight.
Neither Gijon nor Betis has a lengthy injury list but the latter will line up without its preferred goalkeeper, Adan, following his latest Spanish Primera Division yellow card.
There is no love lost between Valencia and Villarreal and one cannot help thinking that odds of +210 with Betfair and Betfred about a home victory for the Bats represents value in Sunday’s important local derby.
Villarreal is vying for one of Spanish Primera Division’s UEFA Europa League berths and, according to one’s overall collateral form analysis, the Yellow Submarine enjoy a 5-4-10 lead over Valencia. But Valencia has performed as well as Villarreal against the Spanish Primera Division’s leading lights and January’s reverse fixture ended 2-0 in favour of the Bats despite them being the away side.
Valencia fans are among of the Spanish Primera Division’s most passionate supporters and, while a home win over Villarreal will not make up for another disappointing campaign, it will reduce the angst in no small way.
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Gijon v Real Betis – Both teams to score
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Valencia to beat Villarreal
Sunday 21st May, 15:45 GMT