La Liga Soccer Picks: Athletic Bilbao vs. Sevilla

Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:51 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 6:51 PM UTC

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.
<p><b>Battle for Top 4 Finish<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">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 <a target="_blank" title="Live Soccer Betting Odds" href="">fancied -350 futures odds</a> while Sevilla are listed at +250 with four games left on the season.</span></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 <i>Los Leones </i>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. </p> <p>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.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><a target="_blank" title="Soccer Picks: La Liga Betting Futures" href="/picks/more-sports/soccer-picks-la-liga-betting-futures/38259/"><em>Compare La Liga Betting Futures!</em></a></p> <p><b>Athletic Club vs. Sevilla Match Betting Tips and Picks<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">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 </span><i style="font-size:1em">Los Leones </i><span style="font-size:1em">will have all to do to beat Sevilla and because of this belief they aren’t cornering this match wholeheartedly in their camp.</span></p> <p>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 <i>Los Leones at home </i>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 value now. </p> <p>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 <a target="_blank" title="Europa League Picks &amp; Tips for Sevilla vs. Valencia" href="/picks/more-sports/europa-league-picks-tips-sevilla-vs-valencia/39018/">the Europa League semi-finals</a> as well, proving that managing successful campaigns on several fronts is well within their capabilities.</p> <p>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, <i>Los Rojiblancos </i>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.</p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":263613, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p><b>Soccer Betting Verdict<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Whichever way you slice this match, there is value to be had. When there is this much on the line, anything can happen.</span></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 <a target="_blank" title="Free Soccer Picks for La Liga Match Ups!" href="/picks/more-sports/">if you are looking to hedge your soccer picks</a>. </p> <p><b>Soccer Free Picks: </b>Sevilla to win outright at +275; Over 2.5 at -143</p>
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