Gijon and Leganes will have to get out of bed very early on Sunday to play in their Spanish Primera Division match but one fears that they will send viewers back to sleep.
There has been a total of just four goals scored in the four Spanish Primera Division games in which either Gijon or Leganes has participated this term, with all bar one of them going under two and a half goals. Gijon’s pre-season matches trended under two and a half goals and the same goes for Leganes, which must be pinching itself that it has four points from its two Spanish Primera Division games versus Atletico Madrid and Celta. Leganes specialised in dull away matches throughout its Spanish Segunda Division promotion campaign and one does not expect the Cucumber Growers to play expansive football on their top-tier travels.
Marathonbet is listing odds of -167 that the Spanish Primera Division game between Gijon and Leganes goes under two and a half goals, an offer that rates as the best available in the third round of matches in the hugely popular tournament.
BetVictor is offering the slightly bigger odds of -154 about a home win to nil when Barcelona entertains promoted Alaves on Saturday. Odds of -154 equates to a probability of 60.61 per cent when one would argue that Barcelona would defeat Alaves without conceding a goal more frequently than that, such is the enormous gap in quality between the teams.
Barcelona registered 42 attempts in its first two Spanish Primera Division games, 15 of them on target and seven of them hitting the back of its opponent’s net. No Spanish Primera Division side has recorded fewer on-target efforts than Alaves in the Spanish Primera Division this term – the wonderfully nicknamed Babazorros have managed only three.
Backing Barcelona to blow away Alaves – it is odds on to win by three or more goals – does not appeal because the third Spanish Primera Division round follows an international break in which many Barca superstars have represented their countries all over the world but they should have enough about them to dominate one of the league’s lightweights.
Finally, bookmakers are right to be ducking over two and a half goals in Saturday’s Spanish Primera Division match between Sevilla and Las Palmas but one cannot resist the odds of -189 that Coral and Betfair are quoting about the eventuality.
Sevilla’s Spanish Primera Division campaign kicked off with a truly remarkable 6-4 home win over Espanyol in which there were three goals in the first quarter, five goals in the first half and 10 goals in the game despite there not being any celebrations after the 79th minute. Las Palmas have been fun to watch ever since the Spanish Primera Division began. Las Palmas is top of the Spanish Primera Division ladder on goal difference following its 4-2 victory at Valencia and 5-1 success over Granada. Las Palmas kept itself busy during the recent Spanish Primera Division hiatus with a 5-0 away defeat of lower-league Orotova. Las Palmas is buzzing right now and one thinks that the Yellows will not be shy against a Sevilla side that trailed Espanyol 0-1 and 2-3 on its last Spanish Primera Division appearance in front of its fans.
One does not have many statistics on which to base one’s assessments at this time of the year but it is interesting that Las Palmas has allowed more Spanish Primera Division shots than every team except Alaves, Betis and Celta.
Gijon v Leganes – Under 2.5 Goals
Sunday 11th September, 11:00 GMT
Barcelona to Win to Nil
Saturday 10th September, 19:30 GMT
Sevilla v Las Palmas – Over 2.5 Goals
Saturday 10th September, 17:15 GMT
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