Villarreal beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 last week.

Yellow Submarine to sink Red and Whites in La Liga

Villarreal beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 last week.

Spanish Primera Division pundits were quick to write off Villarreal before this term kicked off after a tumultuous summer but the Yellow Submarine have proved their doubters wrong and they are the best bet of the 16th round.

Villarreal is not one of the traditional Spanish Primera Division powers and, therefore, the huge upheaval that it experienced prior to this season starting was expected to result in the Yellow Submarine sliding into mediocrity. However, Villarreal is fourth on the Spanish Primera Division ladder – ahead of Atletico Madrid – and it has reached the knockout stage of the UEFA Europa League.

Whereas Villareal is in contention for one of the Spanish Primera Division’s four UEFA Champions League berths again, Gijon is fighting to remain in the top flight. Gijon has collected a measly 12 points from its first 15 Spanish Primera Division matches, its attack ranks 16th and its defence ranks 18th. Gijon has won just one of its last 13 competitive games and that victory came at the expense of the Spanish Primera Division’s bottom side, Osasuna.

William Hill is offering odds of +125  about a Villarreal team that one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form figures rates well ahead of Gijon registering an away success on Saturday. Villarreal and Gijon have had 12 identical Spanish Primera Division opponents and one’s number crunching favours the Yellow Submarine 6-4-2.

Osasuna does not belong in the Spanish Primera Division and, after gaining an undeserved promotion to the top flight, they are struggling to compete on the big stage.

Six consecutive losses – five of them in the Spanish Primera Division – have knocked the stuffing out of Osasuna, which is anchored to the foot of the league ladder and five points adrift of safety. Only Leganes has scored fewer Spanish Primera Division goals than Osasuna and no top-flight team has conceded more times in the league. Osasuna barely got out of its own half against Barcelona last time out.

Osasuna’s next Spanish Primera Division assignment is away to Deportivo on Sunday and one think that Super Depor will triumph to lift itself away from the relegation zone.

Deportivo is 3-1-3 in its seven Spanish Primera Division home matches, including a 5-1 thrashing of Sociedad two starts ago. Deportivo, which was a matter of minutes away from beating Real Madrid in the capital last weekend, has run into 12 of the same Spanish Primera Division sides as Osasuna and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, Super Depor holds a 6-2-4 advantage over the Reds.

Marathonbet is quoting odds of -156  about Deportivo getting the better of Osasuna and, with the latter being a team that should be opposed at every viable opportunity, Super Depor makes one’s Spanish Primera Division punting portfolio.

It is difficult to settle upon a third pick for the 16th Spanish Primera Division round but Athletic’s home form is sufficiently good for one to settle for the Lions at odds of -110  with Betway and William Hill for their Monday game versus Celta.

Athletic’s Spanish Primera Division home statistics of 5-1-1 are in spite of a tough schedule that have included wins over Sevilla, Villarreal, Sociedad, Eibar and Valencia.

Celta is cut from similar cloth to Athletic insomuch that its Spanish Primera Division home form is a lot stronger than its away data. Celta is 5-0-3 at home in the Spanish Primera Division but the Sky Blues are 1-3-3 on their travels, losing to each of the three top-eight sides that they have visited. Athletic is ranked seventh currently.

Tips Summary

Villarreal to beat Gijon
Saturday 17th December, 12:00 GMT
Odds:  +125

Deportivo to beat Osasuna
Sunday 18th December, 17:30 GMT
Odds:  -156

Athletic Bilbao to beat Celta Vigo
Monday 19th December, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -110

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