Wins to nil for Barcelona, Valencia and Atletico


Backing three Spanish Primera Division sides to win to nil in the 35th round of championship matches is the best way to approach the coupon from a punting perspective, with star billing going to Barcelona away to bottom team Cordoba.

The Spanish Primera Division title is Barcelona’s to lose as it leads Real Madrid by two points with four rounds go to – one should note, however, that Barca’s head-to-head record against Real is negative so, in the event of the two sides finishing level on points, the Meringues would take out the championship. Barcelona was ruthless in its 6-0 dismissal of Getafe on Tuesday and one expects Barca to be switched on for its match at cellar dweller Cordoba on Saturday.

Cordoba is 11 points adrift of 17th-placed Almeria with four Spanish Primera Division rounds remaining so, barring what would be the greatest Houdini act of all time, it is going down one year after gaining a lucky promotion – so many things fell into place for the Caliphs to simply qualify for the Spanish Segunda Division play-offs and their incredible good fortune continued throughout the post-season series.

One would be hard pressed to find more contrasting runs than those of Cordoba and Barcelona. Cordoba has gone 16 Spanish Primera Division games without a win, accruing three points in that three-and-a-half-month spell and firing blanks in nine of those matches. Barcelona has won 14 and drawn one of its last 15 games across all competitions, progressing in the Spanish Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League events as well as ascending to the top of the Spanish Primera Division ladder. Also, Barcelona has kept four clean sheets in a row.

Barcelona crushed Cordoba 5-0 in the reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture in the week before Christmas and one’s only worry about backing Barca to win to nil is that they may get well out in front and ease off ahead of next Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League match against Bayern Munchen. With PaddyPower and SkyBet offering odds of -149 about a Barcelona win and clean sheet, one is happy to play.

Eibar‘s predicament towards the foot of the Spanish Primera Division ladder is not as hopeless as that of Cordoba but one cannot see the Gunners getting anything – neither a goal nor a point – from its trip to Valencia on Sunday.

Valencia came out on top 1-0 when the teams clashed in the Spanish Primera Division four months ago – Paco Alcacer hit the back of the net in the 31st minute – and in light of the favourite’s league home record it is mighty difficult to see anything other than win to nil for Nuno’s side. Valencia has won 14, drawn two and lost one of its 17 Spanish Primera Division home games, conceding a league-low eight goals.

Once again it is PaddyPower and SkyBet which are out on a limb with Spanish Primera Division win-to-nil odds, offering -120 about Valencia beating Eibar and keeping a clean sheet.

Finally, an odds-against bet on Atletico Madrid to get the better of Athletic and shut out its opponent on Saturday rounds out one’s Spanish Primera Division betting picks.

Atletico Madrid has rebounded from its UEFA Champions League exit to post two Spanish Primera Division wins on the spin and Atleti have not conceded a goal in those victories, the latest of which saw them defeat Villarreal 1-0 on the road.

No Spanish Primera Division team ranked lower than 12th has scored fewer goals than Athletic and the Bilbao-based side has relied upon Aritz Aduriz for a good chunk of them. The title may be heading out of the Vicente Calderon but there is no finer defensive unit in the competition than Atletico Madrid and one fancies it chance of keeping Aduriz and his Athletic colleagues under lock and key. SkyBet is offering odds of +138 about Atletico Madrid registering a win to nil.

Tips Summary

Barcelona WTN v Cordoba
2nd May 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -149
Where to Bet: PaddyPower, SkyBet

Valencia WTN v Eibar
3rd May 18:00 GMT
Odds:  -120
Where to Bet: PaddyPower, SkyBet

Atletico Madrid WTN v Athletic
2nd May 17:00 GMT
Odds:  +138
Where to Bet: SkyBet

Aritz Aduriz
Atletico Madrid
Paco Alcacer
Spanish Primera Division

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