The last game in La Liga for the Christmas break features two teams separated by two points as Atletico Bibao host Real Zaragoza.After being picked apart back on December 1st by Barcelona, Atletico Bilbao are unbeaten in their last three matches in all competitions including a two game win streak in league play.
A win today could bring them into the top end of the table as they currently sit in 12th spot in La Liga in addition to bringing them .500 on the campaign. Their home record of 4-2-2 is stellar though their 11 goals for in those 8 home contests can certainly be improved upon.
A home win today (4pm EST kickoff) is paying out 1.85 over at Uwin.com.
The draw result is listed at 3.55 and does tease a bit given how close these two are in the tables and styles. I also worry a bit about Bilbao's brutal defence which has allowed the 2nd most goals in the league with 32 in 16 matches, though it must be stated that about 75% of them have been while away.
The Zaragoza victory is offered at 4.40 and with a 3-4-1 record on the road, it isn't as far-fetched as bookmakers are making it out to be.
The visitors exchanged wins with Levante in La Liga and Spanish Cup play over the last week but are also one of the lowest scoring teams in Spain with just an average of 1.125 goals per match, which should translate to a low-scoring affair. They will need more production from other forwards as opposed to relying off Portuguese international Helder Postiga who leads the team with 7 goals on the campaign.
Take a look at the under 2.5 at 1.87 or the Asian handicap +.25 for Zaragoza which is listed at 2.29, though the outright draw from above looks to be the best value bet of the bunch. Lastly, at odds of 2.10 to score at any given time in the game, Artiz Adruiz looks solid given that he is 4th in La Liga goal scoring with 10 on the season. To open it up the odds increase to 4.80.
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