Osasuna - Almeria Betting Preview: Back no goals in the opening half-hour

Our man in Spain, Phil Kitromilides, has been in good form this week and sees reason to expect that Friday's match will see a goalless opening 30 minutes at the Reyndo de Navarra
Friday night's encounter at the Reyno de Navarra stadium is not likely to be the most thrilling of spectacles as two struggling sides meet on what is sure to be a cold November evening in Pamplona. The hosts were roundly thumped 5-0 last time out at Real Sociedad and still remain a side bereft of any genuine creativity.

Almeria have enjoyed back-to-back victories, having not won any of their opening 10 matches, yet remain level on points with Rayo Vallecano at the bottom of the table.

Their play, however, has deserved more and the Andalusians are capable of playing some excellent football. Bet365 price an away win at 5/2 (3.50) while Osasuna are offered at 21/20 (2.05).

Despite Almeria's offensive ability it is difficult to envisage a high-scoring, open game and many punters will take the 8/11 (1.72) for under 2.5 goals.

Yet, for some higher odds, the price of 5/6 (1.83) for no goal before the 31st minute is highly appealing.

Four goals scored in their last seven matches means that Almeria are hardly on a prolific run, while Osasuna are the second-lowest scorers in the entire division.

Expect few goals and backing the opening half-hour to be goalless should prove to be a profitable endeavour for punters.

No goal before the 31st minute at 5/6 (1.83) 2.0 point stake with bet365

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid