Soccer Picks & Predictions for Malaga vs. Sevilla

Nila Amerova

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 7:45 PM GMT

Spain’s Primer Division serves up an intriguing clash between Malaga and Sevilla at the weekend. Here’s a primer on this tilt complete with soccer free picks for your weekend betting thrills.

Malaga routed by Barcelona

Malaga were routed by Barcelona 3-0 in the last lap of Spain’s Primera Division action, a defeat that saw them slip to 16th place in the table where they are perilously close to flirting with relegation. Significant though the drop would seem, only three points separate the six clubs sitting in 11th to 17th place. Therefore, there is an added premium on victory in week 22 La Liga betting for Malaga as they attempt to climb back up into safer pastures.

The thing is though Malaga has been on a steady decline this season. Although they started the season strong, an extension of their solid form of the last two season in La Liga, problems both on and off the pitch which have been brewing in the cauldron for some time seem to be finally catching up with them. Key players were lost over the summer transfer window and the clubs financial troubles are consuming the headlines increasingly.

Malaga are 5-6-10 on the season with 21 points. Home form has been a modest 4-1-5 to date but road form has been the bane of their La Liga existence, a lowly 1-5-5 to date.

Since the turn of the New Year, Bernd Schuster’s side has gone winless. Most worrisome, they haven’t even scored a goal in three defeats and a draw. Granted, they’ve faced stiff opposition in Atletico Madrid, Levante, Barcelona and Valencia. But a string of disappointments has to be wearing on confidence.

Malaga are gearing up for a clash with Sevilla on Saturday, for which sportsbooks have rolled out a rather tight soccer betting line where either side has a viable stake in the victory. Malaga, however, despite hosting the clash are at the disadvantage, listed at +180 soccer odds to win outright. Given their current woes, though, this market stance is hardly surprising.

Sevilla, meanwhile are cast as the favourites, albeit on the short side of even money at +140 while the draw is priced the largest at +240 at Bet365. Sevilla boast Top Ten pretensions, sat in seventh place in the table on the back of an 8-7-6 mark and 31 points. But recent form has been slightly inconsistent. They opened the New Year with a 3-0 victory over Getafe but then settled on back-to-back draws (on the road) to Elche and Atletico Madrid. Most recently, they are flush off a 3-2 defeat at home to Levante. That said they are undefeated in their last five road games with a 3-2-0 mark.

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Malaga vs. Sevilla Betting Tips and Picks:

Malaga’s campaign is in dire straits and the clubs trials and tribulations are a distraction. They are desperate for a win in 2014 but they can’t seem to buy a win no matter how hard they try. Then again, their nonexistent offense firing blanks doesn’t help their cause. It’s really not surprising they are tipped at the disadvantage at home across all sportsbooks. What’s more, it’s hard to see how they’ll transcend all their problems in order to come through for soccer bettors at the weekend.

Sevilla on the other hand cuts an attractive figure on the sports betting table at +140. Encouraging road form, a much better overall La Liga campaign, which still holds the promise of European spots, and the opportunity to capitalise on Malaga’s doldrums, are factors that suggest Sevilla to win outright is the value soccer pick in this match.

Free Soccer Picks: Sevilla to win outright at +140 at Bet365