12

Athletic Bilbao v Villarreal Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Sunday 20th November by @J_RKeith

Athletic Bilbao v Villarreal – San Mames Stadium at 19:45 live on Sky Sports 5

Well, it’s been a while since I done my last Asian Handicap Betting pick for a La Liga encounter, and this time around it will be a thriller of a match as Athletic Bilbao host Villarreal on Sunday evening at the San Mames Stadium.

Athletic Bilbao

The hosts have a solid record at home remaining six games unbeaten in all competitions, while sitting seventh in La Liga, but from their last five they have only won one. Ernesto Valverde’s last match finishing in a bore draw away to Espanyol, I mean 0-0 may have been not the most thrilling result, but an important point to say the least.

Like Villarreal, Bilbao are playing in the Europa League and it would be safe to say it hasn’t been easy. Los Leones sits second in their group and remain one point off top spot and off the bottom of the table. How tight is that?!

Yet, one player I am looking forward to seeing on the weekend will be striker Aritz Aduriz. The Spanish attacker has been in sensational form considering he is reaching the near end of his career; netting five goals in nine games so far this season, as well as scoring 20 last campaign and going to Euro 2016 with Spain. He is a classic fox in the box having scored two goals against Villarreal last season in four games.

One concern is that four players sit out injured for the home side, while defender Mikel Balenziaga is suspended for this clash on the weekend. Valverde also likes to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation, so expect no surprises there on Sunday.

 

Asian Handicap Betting

Aritz Aduriz

Villarreal

Villarreal fans will be beaming at the moment considering they sit third in La Liga and only five points off the top spot. Right about now it’s just about keeping up the pressure and not letting this slip from their grasps. Fran Escriba will be hoping for better from his team though considering they have only won two of their last five matches in all competitions.
The visitors’ last match ending in a 2-0 win at home to Real Betis; Roberto Soriano scoring the second to secure the win and continue their good home form.

However, a massive concern for the away side has been their form on the road. The Yellow Submarine has not won a match from their last five away fixtures in all competitions, and have only won two so far this season. So this is a big problem for Escriba at the moment.

But you look at their squad, especially strike-force, and you wonder how? It is a similar squad to the ones who made the Europa League semi-finals last year with Cedric Bakambu, but on top of this they have added Alexandre Pato the team as well as midfielder Soriano who is already paying back the chunk in his transfer fee hitting up an average rating of 7.04.

Strangely it seems Villarreal like to set-up with a flat 4-4-2, which seems to be a dying art in the modern game. But I just wonder whether they will get overrun in the midfield as only three players sit out injured including striker Roberto Soldado.

 

Conclusion

The last time these two sides met in Basque Country the game finished 0-0, and before that Bilbao won 1-0 away from home. In fact, Villarreal has not won in Bilbao since 2011; losing three of their last five meetings. So it really doesn’t help their cause considering their away form this season has been below average.

This is a difficult one to call. I can honestly see it ending in a draw because both teams will be tight at the back wanting to keep up their good run. Especially with where they are sitting in the table. Yet, I can see Athletic pipping in and grabbing a result, especially with Aduriz up top. But my instinct is telling me to back unders!

 

Asian Handicap Betting recommendation: Under 2.25 goals @ 1.87 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

Read More...

Real Madrid v Villarreal Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Wed 21st Sept By @J_RKeith

Unbeaten in my last two, I am hoping to make it a hat-trick of Asian Handicap Betting wins this week as I will hopefully bring some profit home from Real Madrid v. Villarreal in La Liga on Wednesday night.

Neither Gareth Bale nor Cristiano Ronaldo featured at the weekend in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win away to Espanyol, which is a massive confidence boost for the rest of the squad. It shows there is more to this team than just those two.
Zinedine Zidane’s team also holds an unbeaten record in all competitions since April, and will aim to break a La Liga record for 17 consecutive wins with a victory here. But, for once, they didn’t overspend in the transfer market on ludicrous signings. Apart from £25 million for striker Alvaro Morata, but that’s pennies in today’s market.

It is a talented squad, no doubt about it, but a face to always look out for is Ronaldo. The guy had an unstoppable year last season, and capped it off with a Euro 2016 win. Now back, he has bagged two in two matches and I would say he is on point to make it another season to remember for Madrid fans. Especially at a time where they look favourites for the Spanish title.

What is more amazing is that Madrid seem to have more trust within the squad. In Zidane they believe they can take on the world. For once a story streaming around the club has not been one of a possible sacking. Looks like they may have finally found their feet.

Yet, the chances of Real Madrid completing the quadruple this season is a long way off. We are still very early into the new campaign and it’s an uphill struggle, especially in an attempt to retain that Champions league title. But winning the Supercopa de Espana against Sevilla is a step in the right direction, and they will need all their players pulling their weight to achieve this. This includes the Colombian James Rodriguez.

 

Asian Handicap Betting

Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo

It may seem like an easy task, but Madrid are coming up against a side who are also having a solid start to their campaign. You are looking at a side sitting sixth in the table having yet lost this season.

Under new manager Fran Escriba, it seems like quite a challenge to beat the expectations of last season. Finishing fourth in the league and making the semi-finals of the Europa League, you would obviously think they would want to go one better.

Problems, however, lie within the squad. Both key strikers from last season, Roberto Soldado and Cedric Bakambu, sit out injured, leaving Escriba to stick to a flat 4-4-2 formation. Whether he plays this system at the Bernabeu is another story. When they did last season, Madrid set up with a 4-3-3 and won 3-0. Bale wasn’t even playing and Ronaldo didn’t score. Furthermore, from that match, only four players remain and played at the weekend against Real Sociedad.

You know what else? Villarreal have never won at the Bernabeu. I mean, we are dating back to 1998. Furthermore in that time they have only managed four draws, most recently in 2015.

This has a Real Madrid win written all over it for me. Not sure the flat 4-4-2 will really stop the three in midfield, as well as BBC (Bale, Benzema & Cristiano) in attack. Only question is can Madrid hold on to a clean-sheet? I think not. That’s why I am backing overs for this one.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 3.25 goals @ 1.93 with Pinnacle 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

Read More...

Monaco v Villarreal Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Tues 23rd August by @tashason21

Monaco v Villarreal – Stade Louis II at 19:45 live on BT Sport Extra 2

On Tuesday evening Monaco take on Villarreal in the second leg of this Champions League play-off and the French side have the advantage having won the first leg 2-1 in Spain.

Fabinho opened the scoring within minutes from the penalty spot, although Alexandre Pato did manage to equalise for Villarreal before half-time. In the second half Bernardo Silva gave Monaco the lead again however and they were able to hold off the Yellow Submarine for the remainder of the game.

 

Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva

Last season Monaco were beaten 4-3 on aggregate by Spanish opposition (Valencia) in the play off round of this competition and they will want to avoid a similar fate on this occasion.

The French side will be confident however as they’re hard to beat at home and they have only lost 1 of their last 7 home games in European competition.

Monaco have also had a good start to their new campaign and drew their first Ligue 1 match 2-2 with Guingamp, before coming away with a 1-0 victory away at Nantes, placing them 6th in the league table at this early stage of the season.

In the transfer market, the French side have been very busy and have signed full-backs Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy, as well as centre-back Kamil Glik.

Radamel Falcao has also returned from his loan spell at Chelsea, although he is currently sidelined with a thigh injury.

As for Villarreal, the Spanish side are really suffering from their losses this transfer window. Eric Bailly (Man United) and Denis Suarez (Barcelona) are clearly being missed and the signings of Roberto Soriano, Nicola Sansone, Denis Cheryshev and Alexandre Pato haven’t been as effective as new boss Fran Escribá would have liked.

In pre-season, Villarreal lost each of their 3 friendlies against Porto, Deportivo de La Coruña and Leganés and they haven’t got off to the best of starts in La Liga either, with a 1-1 draw against Granada, who were fighting for top-flight survival last season.

Additionally, the Spanish side have only won 1 of their last 6 away games in all competitions which suggests they could struggle in France, as they have done recently elsewhere on their travels.

In summation, Villarreal need to score at least twice in Monaco to have any chance of progression in this competition, which seems an almost impossible task considering their poor form and Monaco’s impressive record on home soil. Taking this into consideration I recommend backing Monaco -0.5 on the Asian Handicap betting market as I can’t see Villarreal pulling this tie back and if anything, Monaco will hit them on the counter. The price looks great value too!

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Monaco -0.5 @ 2.32 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

 

Read More...
12