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Our man in Spain Phil Kitromilides is backing these two struggling sides to play out a tight first half on Friday evening

With nine teams seperated by just six points, it is fair to say that the battle to avoid relegation in La Liga could not be much tighter.

Both Elche and Osasuna are very much embroiled in the battle, sitting just four points above the drop zone, and defeat on Friday evening would leave one of the sides feeling extremely nervous ahead of the rest of the weekend's fixtures.

It will no doubt be a tense affair between two of the division's most unglamorous outfits and William Hill offer a home win at 23/20 (2.15) while Osasuna can be backed at 13/5 (3.60).

The draw is offered at 11/5 (3.20) which might be a tempting selection for a value bet although the wiser option might be backing the half-time stalemate at 17/20 (1.85).

Neither side has been prolific in front of goal this season and it could well take a while before either of them makes a decisive breakthrough in this fixture.

This bet has paid out in three of Osasuna's last four away matches in La Liga as well as in five of Elche's last seven league matches at their own stadium so the statistics and the situation appear to be supportive of this bet.

Indeed, the Estadio Martinez Valero has seen just three first-half goals since the end of October in the league and with a low scoring opening 45 minutes on the cards, backing the draw at half-time looks to be a wise option for Friday's La Liga offering at 17/20 (1.85) with William Hill.

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Half time result Draw at 17/20 (1.85) for a 2.0pt stake with William Hill

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