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Another big week in the Spanish La Liga with games starting from Saturday 17th through till Sunday 18th Feb 2018 – our football trading expert take a look at the best of the action.
Saturday 17th February 2018
Las Palmas v Sevilla
The immediate thing that jumps out here is probably that Unders is the most likely play so let’s check the stats. The two have met five times with four games ending Under 2.5 goals but current season stats tell a different story although only just with slightly over 50% of Las Palmas home games and Sevilla away games going Over 2.5 goals. I don’t play Unders personally, but it may be a first half trading option here as the timing of goals suggests goals are more likely second half.
Alaves v Deportivo
Alaves are in decent form unlike their opponents who have been struggling at home and away. Alaves have lost just one in five, and are unbeaten in five at home with four wins. They have given themselves a realistic chance of staying up and can continue their fine run here. Deportivo, along with Malaga are favourites to go down and they have not won in eight games. They have conceded seventeen in their last four away and unless they adopt a complete change of formation and tactics, Alaves should be too strong and make some appeal at 10/11 (1.91).
Sunday 18th February 2018
Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao
There have been some memorable games between these two over the years, nine of the last twelve meetings today have gone Over 2.5 goals so they tend to be entertaining. Atletico have won five and drawn one of the last six meetings today in Madrid and in current form that looks like continuing here. The one striking stat about Atleti home games is their second half strength, with seven of eleven at home being 0-0 at half-time. They have scored just three first half goals at home but twelve in the second half. Trading options clearly include HT Draw FT Atletico but I prefer to go with Second Half as highest scoring half at 11/10 (2.10).
Real Betis v Real Madrid
Betis won in Madrid in September but are 8/1 to win at home and complete the double. They have had a decent season and have won four of their last six. A lot may depend on how tough a game Real Madrid have against PSG in midweek but they have drawn too many games they should have won and that is their downfall this season. I cannot suggest Betis to win but a small Lay of Real at around 1.30 on the exchanges could pay dividends, be prepared to trade out of Betis lead or are level mid second half.
Espanyol v Villarreal
This is a game that really doesn’t inspire as a betting medium but there are a couple of decent stats. Espanyol have drawn four of their last eight games and eight so far this season. This fixture has also ended level in four of the last five meetings today at Espanyol and four of the last seven meetings today overall. Villarreal have only drawn four this season but the two sides are clearly well matched and this might not be a game to Lay the Draw.
Note: Odds are subject to change
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