Athletic Club de Bilbao and Sevilla are
mired in battle for fourth spot in La Liga, making their upcoming date at the
weekend a pivotal one indeed with far reaching consequences. Which side will
triumph? Find out what odds are currently in swing.
for Top 4 Finish
The battle for a Top 4 finish is heating up
in Spain but Atheltic Club have the edge according to sportsbooks, with the
Basque club emerging at fancied -350 futures odds while Sevilla are listed at
+250 with four games left on the season.
The futures market stance is quite simply a
reflection of the current status quo. At face value, Athletic Club have the
advantage with a three-point edge over Sevilla in the table. And with a
potential three points up for grabs at the expense of the Andalusians, all the
while enjoying home advantage, Athletic Club could potentially take a huge step
towards securing fourth place and, in turn, securing a Champions League spot for
the first time this Century.
It could all go tits up of course if
Sevilla mastermind the upset in Saint Mamés on Sunday. A victory by the
visitors would see them not only draw level with Los Leones in the table but quite simply leapfrog into fourth by
virtue of a superior head-to-head record. Then the battle for fourth would
really reach a fantastic tipping point.
Clearly, this is shaping up to be a
must-see match on La Liga’s weekend betting menu. The premium on the win for
both sides couldn’t be any greater than it is and therefore one must concede
there is value on both sides of the coin.
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Club vs. Sevilla Match Betting Tips and Picks
Athletic Club enter this clash as the
favourites, albeit nominally so at -105 to win outright. At face value, it’s a
rather marginal price tag that could have negative connotations. For instance,
encourage the assumption in soccer-betting circles that odds makers believe Los Leones will have all to do to beat
Sevilla and because of this belief they aren’t cornering this match
wholeheartedly in their camp.
But home form would suggest otherwise as Athletic
Club boast solid home form this season that stands at 12-3-2 (with 38 goals
scored and 16 conceded) and includes a draw to Real Madrid and a victory over
Barcelona. Only Atletico Madrid from the top set have beaten the Basques at
Saint Mamés. (The only other side to take maximum points off Los Leones at home was Espanyol). Surely
home form then counts for something, if not amongst odds makers then amongst
soccer bettors who must look upon their marginal price tag as one steeped in
Overall, Sevilla are 17-8-9 on the season
with 59 points and sitting pretty in fifth spot. But fourth place is what they
want. What they’ve been aiming for these past few months on the back of stellar
form that has seen them win nine of their last ten domestic fixtures, including
a 2-1 win over Real Madrid. What’s more, they are through to the Europa League
semi-finals as well, proving that managing successful campaigns on several
fronts is well within their capabilities.
Despite their recent impressive run of form
that is so obviously responsible for the climb up the table and which now sees
them challenging seriously for fourth place, Los Rojiblancos descend on Saint Mamés as the significant underdogs
at +275 soccer odds at Bet365. Perhaps modest road form, which stands at 7-5-5
and is walking a tight rope with 28 goals scored and 27 conceded, has something
to do with this less than favourable outlook. But Sevilla have won four of
their last five away fixtures, and they are undefeated in six of their last eight
fixtures, including a 1-1 draw away to Atletico Madrid.
Whichever way you slice this
match, there is value to be had. When there is this much on the line, anything
Athletic Bilbao have home advantage and
they are a good side at home so they would appear to be a good soccer pick to win outright at -105 soccer odds. Even the draw
wouldn’t be a disastrous result for the hosts, as it would still keep them
ahead of Sevilla in the table. It’s a viable option to consider on your soccer picks and it can be backed at
+250 at Bet365.
That said Sevilla’s current form is
undeniable and that should make them a tempting option for the cautious
optimist at +275 to win outright. The ‘Double Chance’ market offers a nice
alternative with Draw or Sevilla at -118; that is if you are looking to hedge your soccer picks.
Free Picks: Sevilla to win outright at +275; Over 2.5 at -143