Yellow Submarine to sink Babazorros in La Liga

Villarreal continue to challenge for European places in La Liga.

Villarreal’s most comprehensive Spanish Primera Division away win occurred at Alaves in September and one rates the Yellow Submarine’s chances of completing the league double when they host the Babazorros on Saturday lunchtime.

The reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture between Villarreal and Alaves resulted in a 3-0 road success for the Yellow Submarine in which Cedric Bakambu scored either side of the half-time break. Bakambu is in the process of moving from Villarreal to Beijing Guoan so he will not line up against Alaves but one thinks that the Yellow Submarine should get the job done without the DR Congo forward.

Villarreal, which is challenging crisis club Real Madrid for the Spanish Primera Division’s fourth UEFA Champions League spot, boasts a healthy collateral form edge over Alaves. According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Villarreal leads Alaves 11-2-6, including a 4-0-1 advantage based on the results of matches featuring the top five teams. Villarreal had strung together four wins in a row across all competitions before losing 1-2 at Betis last weekend when the Yellow Submarine were reduced to 10 men in the 31st minute. Alaves is coming off a 2-1 Spanish Primera Division home triumph over Celta but the Babazorros are 0-0-6 versus the league’s five highest-ranked sides. Back Villarreal at  -143   with 888Sport.

The Spanish Primera Division round will get underway when Athletic entertains Las Palmas and one is of the view that the Lions are a fair price at odds of  -222   with BetVictor to earn three points on Friday.

Athletic is languishing in an unusually low position on the Spanish Primera Division ladder but the 13th-ranked Lions are well ahead of Las Palmas both in the raw standings and, much more importantly from a punting perspective, one’s collateral form number crunching. Athletic lost 0-1 at Las Palmas in September but, according to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, the Lions enjoy a 14-1-4 advantage over the Yellows, including 10-1-1 based on games featuring the 12 teams ranked higher than the Basques.

The Canary Islands, home of Las Palmas, is a beautiful part of the world so one can appreciate why the Yellows do not like to leave the region but that is no excuse for their appalling Spanish Primera Division road record – they are 1-1-9 away from home, failing to score in nine of those matches, including a recent 0-6 hammering at Girona.

For one’s third and final Spanish Primera Division pick one is going to select Girona not to lose at Sevilla on Sunday at odds of +116   with 888Sport.

Just two points separate Sevilla and Girona on the Spanish Primera Division ladder and, according to the way in which one assesses form, the White and Reds have performed worse than the less illustrious side with the same nickname. Yes, according to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Sevilla trails Girona 6-5-8 so one cannot agree with the former being odds-on to beat the latter.

Below are one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form numbers for this weekend’s full round of fixtures.

Athletic 14-1-4
Villarreal 11-2-6
Malaga 1-1-17
Leganes 5-3-11
Real Madrid 12-1-5
Sevilla 6-5-8
Barcelona 15-1-3
Celta 11-0-8
Valencia 13-1-5
Deportivo 7-3-9

Tips Summary

Villarreal to beat Alaves
Saturday 10th February, 12:00 GMT
Odds:  -143

Athletic Bilbao to beat Las Palmas
Friday 9th February, 20:00 GMT
Odds:  -222

Girona or Draw – Double Chance
Sunday 11th February, 11:00 GMT
Odds:  +116

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