Football betting fans will be getting their teeth into a veritable relegation six-pointer in La Liga on Monday night as Real Zaragoza welcome Almeria.
Javier Aguirre’s men fell to 19th place in the table over the weekend as a result of Hercules’ win against Deportivo, while Almeria are rooted to the bottom, seven points adrift of their latest opponents.
The Andalucians are on a run of four straight defeats and will surely be consigned to the Segunda if they cannot get the right result at La Romareda.
A successful £10 bet on an away victory with bwin would return £42.50 at odds of 13/4, with a home success priced at 39/50 and the draw available at 13/4.
Despite their poor form in recent weeks, there are grounds for optimism for anyone considering betting on Almeria.
They have only conceded 24 goals on the road this season, which is fewer than the likes of Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal, and they have lost just two of their last six away games.
And with the attacking triumvirate of Corona, Albert Crusat and the talented Pablo Piatti playing behind top scorer Jose Ulloa, the visitors are more than capable of upsetting the odds.
Argentine flier Piatti, who is interesting a host of big clubs across Europe, is rated at 8/1 to open the scoring.
However, Zaragoza are favourites in the betting for a reason, as they have picked up 13 points from their last six home fixtures, including a thumping 4-0 win against third-placed Valencia.
So perhaps a closer look at the form will throw up a more tempting way of backing them, rather than just focusing on their rather short win-draw-win price.
Zaragoza have scored just nine goals in the first half of league matches in front of their own fans, while Almeria have let in the same number in the opening 45 minutes of their away matches – the latter record being bettered only by top two Barcelona and Real Madrid.
On top of that, the hosts have failed to score between the 16th and 30th minutes in every league fixture this season, with Almeria only hitting the back of the net once between the 31st and 45th minutes.
A low-scoring first half seems likely, then, so betting on the score to be 0-0 at the interval could pay off at odds of 37/20, or maybe covering more bases by backing a 1-0 lead for Zaragoza (13/2) and Almeria (11/1) would be wise.
Taking both the stats mentioned above and Zaragoza’s understandable favouritism into account, a small wager on draw/Zaragoza at 18/5 in the half-time/full-time market may also prove popular.
Punters who believe that the significance of the clash for both sides will ensure a cagey affair throughout can bet on less than 2.5 goals being scored, which is priced at 4/5, or get stuck into the 29/20 on offer for any team to win by one goal exactly.
A winning £10 bet on Zaragoza to beat Almeria 1-0 would return £75 at odds of 13/2. New customers can register here to receive a free £25 bet.