Valencia is a Spanish Primera Division side which bookmakers are pricing up based on its name rather than its results so oppose the Bats when they visit Sevilla on Saturday.
The Gary Neville experiment is ancient history but the Bats have not improved measurably since the former Manchester United defender’s ill-advised spell in charge came to an end. Valencia is hovering just above the Spanish Primera Division relegation after 12 rounds and the Bats are only keeping their heads above water because they have beaten most of the teams close to them on the ladder. Valencia, ranked 16th on 11 Spanish Primera Division points, is 3-2-0 against sides positioned 14th or lower but the Bats are 0-0-7 versus teams in the league’s top 13 and four of those losses occurred at their intimidating Mestalla ground.
Sevilla find itself in a tricky UEFA Champions League spot following its midweek 1-3 home defeat to Juventus but the Red and Whites are usually reliable propositions in front of their fervent fans. Sevilla is 5-0-1 in its six Spanish Primera Division home games and, while the Red and Whites lost 1-2 to Barcelona, they have defeated Alaves, Atletico Madrid, Betis, Espanyol and Las Palmas. Even Sevilla’s Spanish Primera Division away numbers are a world apart from those of last season, losing only at Athletic on its travels.
BetVictor is listing Sevilla at odds of -125 to get the better of Valencia and one feels that, if the Spanish Primera Division’s 16th-placed side was called, say, Leganes, the market would look very different. Last term, Sevilla won the corresponding Spanish Primera Division fixture 1-0 thanks to Sergio Escudero’s 50th-minute goal.
Eibar and Betis have the honour of kicking off the 13th round of Spanish Primera Division action and one likes the Gunners at odds of +101 with Marathonbet to win on Friday.
Eighth on the Spanish Primera Division ladder, Eibar has not tasted defeat in any of its six league matches against teams ranked in the top nine, including home victories over Celta, Sociedad and Villarreal. Eibar’s defence boasts the second best Spanish Primera Division home statistics having kept three clean sheets and conceded only five goals.
Betis has endured a difficult start to its Spanish Primera Division campaign, running into each of the top five – four of them on its travels. That said, Betis is 0-0-5 versus Spanish Primera Division sides ranked ninth or higher and the Green and Whites have dropped home points to Deportivo, Espanyol and bottom-of-the-ladder Granada. Therefore, Betis is positioned 13th on the Spanish Primera Division ladder because of more things than simply a tough road schedule.
Eibar accrued four Spanish Primera Division points from its two clashes with Betis last season, including an impressive 4-0 away victory in January. It would be nice to see Eibar play as well at home to kick start one’s weekend punting.
Malaga is 4-1-1 in its six Spanish Primera Division home games, with its solitary defeat coming against fourth-placed Villarreal. Every piece of Spanish Primera Division known to man says that Malaga is a much better team at home than it is on its travels, something that the Anchovies much address if they are going challenge for UEFA tournament berths.
Deportivo, which lost last term’s corresponding Spanish Primera Division fixture 2-0, has won just twice in the league this season and one of its victories was a 2-1 success over Gijon in La Coruna. Deportivo’s away attack ranks 20th of 20 in the Spanish Primera Division.
Sevilla to beat Valencia
Saturday 26th November, 19:45 GMT
Eibar to beat Real Betis
Friday 25th November, 19:45 GMT
Malaga to beat Deportivo
Saturday 26th November, 12:00 GMT