It may be mean to kick picking on Osasuna but opposing the Reds is, yet again, the most attractive way to approach a Spanish Primera Division round from a punting perspective.
Osasuna is no offers to return from whence it came at the end of the Spanish Primera Division season because it is more points adrift of safety than it has accrued in the opening 27 rounds. Osasuna is 1-8-18 in its 27 Spanish Primera Division games and, with every passing week, one finds it harder to believe that the Reds won 3-2 at Eibar.
Next up for Osasuna on its long and painful goodbye tour of the Spanish Primera Division is Betis on Saturday. Betis is 14th on the Spanish Primera Division ladder with a largely uninspiring record of 7-7-13, including even home statistics of 4-6-4. But one has to remember that Betis is about to host Osasuna and, when one crunched the Spanish Primera Division numbers, they favoured the Greens and Whites.
According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Betis enjoys a 14-2-3 advantage over Osasuna and it stood at 14-1-2 until one incorporated the results of games featuring 18th-placed Granada and 19th-placed Gijon. Betis is only six rungs above Osasuna on the Spanish Primera Division ladder but the gap between the sides is massive.
William Hill is listing Betis at odds of -200 and, looking at one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form figures, one can live with that. Betis won October’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture 2-1, capitalising on Osasuna having a player sent off in the 87th minute to regather the lead that it had held for 29 minutes earlier in the match.
Not often does Real Madrid trade at a backable price versus one of the Spanish Primera Division’s middleweights so one is keen to back the Meringues to beat Athletic on Saturday.
Real Madrid, which has won each of its last three games against Athletic, is available at odds of -143 with several bookmakers, including Betfred and Coral, to earn three points from its Spanish Primera Division trip to Athletic. According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Real boasts a 13-4-2 edge over an Athletic team that lost at home and away to Barcelona, the nearest championship challenger of the Meringues. Barcelona has handed the Spanish Primera Division title initiative to Real and one does not expect the Meringues to give it up.
Finally, one fancies that Valencia may get on the scoresheet in its Spanish Primera Division match at Barcelona on Sunday so, rather than back both sides to score at odds on, one is advocating a bet on Barcelona to win and both sides to score at odds against – numerous bookmakers, including Bet365, Ladbrokes and William Hill, are offering odds of +120 .
Valencia shocked Barcelona 2-1 in last term’s corresponding Spanish Primera Division fixture but Barca did beat the Bats 3-2 in this season’s first league clash, Lionel Messi’s late penalty kick snatching all three points from a game that his team had led 1-0 in the first half before trailing 1-2 11 minutes into the second half. One would not be surprised to see another epic encounter between the near neighbours.
Real Betis to beat Osasuna
Saturday 18th March, 19:45 GMT
Real Madrid to beat Athletic Bilbao
Saturday 18th March, 15:15 GMT
Barcelona to win and both teams to score
Sunday 19th March, 19:45 GMT