The Spanish Primera Division is known for its high-scoring, entertaining matches but one thinks Sunday’s game between Valladolid and Alaves has the potential to make its viewers wish they had found something else to do that morning.
Valladolid earned promotion to the Spanish Primera Division last season but, following the summer of transfer activity that resulted in players coming in and going out, pundits tipped the White and Violets to struggle in front of goal and that is precisely what has happened in the first three championship rounds. Valladolid is the only Spanish Primera Division side yet to score and it is not as though the White and Violets have been unfortunate because, according to most expected goals charts, they should have netted no more than once in their matches against Girona, Barcelona and Getafe.
Alaves failed to score in its Spanish Primera Division games versus Barcelona and Betis before coming from behind to beat Espanyol 2-1 last time out. Expected goals charts indicate Alaves has just merited two goals in its three Spanish Primera Division so there is a strong statistical case for backing under two and a half goals in Sunday’s match at -170 with Black Type.
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With Valladolid set for a long season of toil near the foot of the Spanish Primera Division ladder and Alaves probably flattered by its 11th ranking at this early stage of the tournament, a tight game is on the cards and goals look likely to be at a premium so bet on a boring clash.
Betis rewarded one’s faith by getting the better of Sevilla in the Spanish Primera Division round immediately prior to the international break but the Green and Whites benefitted from the White and Reds playing the final quarter with one fewer man. Consequently, one has decided to jump off the Betis bandwagon and hitch up with Valencia at -138 with Bet365 on Saturday.
Valencia is 17th on the Spanish Primera Division ladder but the Bats ought to be situated in one of the UEFA Champions League qualifying spots based on their performances. Sadly for Valencia, the Bats are 0-2-1 after not enjoying the rub of the green against Atletico Madrid, Espanyol and Levante. Valencia’s Spanish Primera Division results will turn if the Bats keeps having the better of matches and the Bats bashed Betis in both of last season’s league meetings, winning 6-3 in Seville five months before posting a 2-0 home victory.
Similar to Valencia is Villarreal, which is stuck in the Spanish Primera Division relegation zone with a 0-1-2 but the Yellow Submarine have been value for more than one point from their dates with Sociedad, Sevilla and Girona. One is keen on the chance of Villarreal, which will back up next week versus Rangers of Scotland in the UEFA Europa League, registering its first Spanish Primera Division triumph this term by defeating fellow early struggler Leganes on Sunday.
Villarreal has won each of its last two games against Leganes across all competitions and it is only a matter of time before the Yellow Submarine climbs the ladder. It was a close call between Villarreal – +160 with Betway – and Espanyol for one’s third and final Spanish Primera Division pick in Round Three.
Under 2.5 goals in Valladolid versus Alaves
Sunday 16th September, 11:00 BST
Valencia to beat Betis
Saturday 15th September, 17:30 BST
Villarreal to beat Leganes
Sunday 16th September, 17:30 BST