Eibar is eighth on the Spanish Primera Division ladder but the Gunners have been unconvincing against the league’s top teams, particularly away from home, for a few seasons and they are worth opposing at Villarreal on Saturday.
The three Spanish Primera Division road wins that Eibar has posted have come at the expense of 14th-placed Valencia, 18th-placed Gijon and 19th-placed Osasuna. Eibar’s Spanish Primera Division home results have more than kept it out of trouble but the Gunners have copped hidings when hosting the league’s big three – Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid – so one is dubious about their ability level.
Villarreal is fifth on the Spanish Primera Division ladder and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Yellow Submarine enjoys a 10-5-4 advantage over Eibar. Furthermore, Villarreal has outshone Eibar in their respective Spanish Primera Division clashes against first-placed Real Madrid, second-placed Barcelona, third-placed Sevilla and fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, all of which is sufficient for one to turn a blind eye to the head to head between the Yellow Submarine and the Gunners that favours the latter because they scored two late goals to win 2-1 in October.
BetVictor is listing Villarreal at odds of -115 to defeat Eibar in the 29th round of Spanish Primera Division games. Central defender Victor Ruiz is suspended for Villarreal and, if the Yellow Submarine were versus a highly rated opponent and/or away from home, one would not have put up them as headliners. But one does not rate Eibar highly.
The Spanish Primera Division will get under way on Friday when Espanyol entertains Betis. Betfair, Betfred and William Hill are offering odds of +120 about Espanyol registering three Spanish Primera Division points and one thinks that is generous given that it is superior to Betis.
Espanyol is four rungs and nine points above Betis on the Spanish Primera Division ladder and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Budgerigars boast a 12-0-7 lead over the Green and Whites. Odds of +120 are what one would expect to see about a home side defeating an equally talented guest so Espanyol are definitely overpriced.
October’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture ended in a 1-0 away victory for Espanyol, which is another positive for the Budgerigars. Marc Rosa is banned for Espanyol but the midfielder is not a regular starter, unlike Pablo Piatti, who is able to return from a suspension. Piatti operates on Espanyol’s left wing and he is in the hunt for his team’s player of the season award having scored nine Spanish Primera Division goals and created just as many.
Atletico Madrid hold a 13-2-4 Spanish Primera Division edge over Malaga and that is sufficient for one to pick the Mattressers at odds of -133 with many bookmakers, including 32Red, BoyleSports and SkyBet, to beat the Anchovies.
Malaga is in horrible Spanish Primera Division form and the Anchovies lost October’s bad-tempered reverse fixture at Atletico Madrid 2-4. Atletico led 3-1 at the time that it was reduced to 10 players on the hour and, while Malaga finished the Spanish Primera Division match with 10 men also, the Anchovies received their red card in the 88th minute, by which stage both sides had finished scoring.
Atletico Madrid is 15-6-0 in its 21 Spanish Primera Division games against teams lower than sixth, while Malaga has not posted a league win over a side in the top half a dozen.
Villarreal to beat Eibar
Saturday 1st April, 12:00 BST
Espanyol to beat Betis
Friday 31st March, 19:45 BST
Atletico Madrid to beat Malaga
Saturday 1st April, 19:45 BST