Soccer Picks: Betis vs. Malaga Odds & Tips

Mike Richardson

Thursday, February 21, 2013 4:45 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 4:45 PM GMT

More fun and changes galore to win cash in Spain’s top flight when Betis host Malaga on Sunday. What odds have the bookies laid out, and where is the best value hiding for our soccer picks?


Looking at the last four encounters between these two sides you’d be forgiven for thinking that we’d be in line for a close run thing in Sunday’s fixture. There’s been one home win, one away win, a victory for Betis, one for Malaga and a pair of draws between these two sides since May 2009. In fact the only real difference between these sides in the last four meetings has been the goals, 5-3 in Malaga’s favour, to separate the two Spanish sides.

However, before making your soccer picks, take a closer look and you’ll see a straight line to big money winnings.

Enough with the teasing…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?

The last game gives you the big clue as to what will happen on Sunday in Spain's la Liga. Malaga won that game 4-0 and that score is offered up at 125/1 with the oddsmakers, while a repeat of the 2-0 in Betis’ favour (from the game before that back in March 2012) is at 10/1. That’s a big difference in the soccer odds, and while I always appreciate the chance to win big with the bookies I do feel that the smart way to go with your sports picks in this game is going with the bookies.

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In the proverbial nutshell.

The shortest betting odds on Malaga winning are 7/4, while a draw is at 12/5 and a Betis win is at 8/5. What’s more Malaga winning both halves of the game is at 7/2 and the shortest 45/90 odds on Betis winning the game are 3/1.

The table also sends out a loud and clear message. Malaga are fourth in the table, they’ve scored 10 goals on their travel and conceded just seven. Their tally of five wins on the road, from 11 games is mediocre, but they’ve spilt the remaining six with three draws and three defeats. Betis have been beaten as many times at home as they have won, that’s five and five (with a pair of draws too). They also almost conceded as many goals as they scored, 13 to 14. I see goals and happiness for Malaga.

If you think the table is a mere place setting know this

Betis are winless in their last five, with three defeats and two draws in that run. Conceding six goals and scoring just ne, What’s more they haven’t found the back of the net since a 1-1 draw with Atlético Madrid back on  the 24th January. Need I say more? OK I will Malaga have won their last two, are undefeated in four and have scored nine goals in their last five games.

And their last defat was to a little team called Barcelona.

Malaga were also in Champions League action on Tuesday night when they went down against Porto, as predicted.

Free Soccer Picks: Malaga win 2-0, available at 12/1 with Paddy Power. 

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