Yellows to Reel in Anchovies on Canary Islands

Las Palmas thrashed Granada 5-1 earlier in the season.

Las Palmas thrashed Granada 5-1 earlier in the season.

Las Palmas is unlucky not to be top of the Spanish Primera Division ladder after three rounds and one rates it as the best bet on the card for the fourth batch of league games.

A few crazy minutes was what cost Las Palmas its 100 per cent Spanish Primera Division record last weekend. Pedro Bigas received his second yellow card in the 88th minute when Las Palmas was leading 1-0 at Sevilla. Pablo Sarabia scored from the penalty mark 60 seconds later and Carlos Fernandez completed Sevilla’s remarkable comeback in the following minute as the UEFA Europa League champion posted what must go down as the most unlikely of 2-1 home wins.

Previously in the Spanish Primera Division Las Palmas had thrashed Valencia 4-2 on the road and put on a second-half exhibition to smash Granada 5-1 at home. Las Palmas enjoyed a superb pre-season campaign, regaining the winning feeling after running out of steam towards the end of last season’s Spanish Primera Division when it lost 1-4 at Malaga.

Las Palmas is well positioned to avenge its heavy Spanish Primera Division loss at Malaga when the Yellows host the Anchovies on Saturday. Malaga failed to get the better of promoted Osasuna in the first round of the Spanish Primera Division, required a 90th-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 at Espanyol and was no match for Villarreal last time out, losing 0-2 at home to a moderate Yellow Submarine team.

Bet365BetVictor and Betfred are offering odds of +130  about Las Palmas beating Malaga, a price that implies that the Yellows are marginally inferior to the Anchovies. One thinks that the opposite may well be the case and that Las Palmas ought to be trading at odds of around the +110  mark for three Spanish Primera Division points at its Canary Islands home ground.

Round four of the Spanish Primera Division will kick off with Betis versus Granada on Friday, an Andulusia derby for which bookmakers are listing attractive odds about the host.

Betis won last term’s corresponding Spanish Primera Division fixture 2-0 despite having one fewer player than Granada for 37 minutes of the game and opening the scoring when it was at a numerical disadvantage. Betis has rebounded well from losing its Spanish Primera Division opener 2-6 at Barcelona, accruing four points from its subsequent matches against Deportivo and Valencia. Granada, on the other hand, has regressed since the Spanish Primera Division tournament began, losing 1-5 at Las Palmas and going down 1-2 at home to Eibar since drawing 1-1 against Villarreal in front of its own supporters. Alarmingly, Eibar beat Granada in spite of having Asier Riesgo sent off for a straight red card offence in the 32nd minute when the scores were level.

Betfred, Paddy Power and William Hill are quoting odds of -110  about Betis extending Granada’s poor Spanish Primera Division run and that is one’s second most appealing pick.

Finally, the gulf in class between Leganes and Barcelona is huge so one has no problems with backing the Barca double result at odds of -149  with Coral. The top of the Spanish Primera Division features three of Europe’s best sides but the league lacks the strength in depth that one associates with the English Premier League. Spanish Primera Division newcomer Leganes should have no answer to Barcelona and, with Atletico Madrid next up for a Barca team still smarting from its Alaves aberration, one fancies that the defending champions will want to get the job done quickly on Saturday.

Tips Summary

Las Palmas to beat Malaga
Saturday 17th September, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  +130

Real Betis to beat Granada
Friday 16th September, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -110

Barcelona HT/FT
Saturday 17th September, 12:00 GMT
Odds:  -149