Celta Vigo - Betis Betting Preview: Expect few goals in a tight encounter

These two sides have a habit of cancelling each other out, and Al Hain-Cole expects the hosts' tight defensive record to ensure that this record continues in a low-scoring affair
After pulling off a magnificent 2-1 victory in last week's Copa del Rey clash against Real Madrid, Celta Vigo must now refocus their attention on La Liga survival and the visit of Betis.

The match is the hosts' last at Estadio de Balaidos before the winter break, and with a tricky trip to Atletico Madrid their only other remaining fixture of 2012, Los Celestes will be desperate to pick up maximum points in this encounter and ensure a merry Christmas for their fans.

The newly-promoted side have not lost at home since the opening day of the season, and are available at Evens (2.00) with Paddy Power to continue that fine record with a win this evening.

Betis's excellent start to the season sees them sitting just three points off Malaga in the fourth Champions League spot, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on them drawing level with their Andalusian rivals by coming out on top in this one.

Matches between these two sides have been closely-fought affairs in recent years, as each of the last four meetings have resulted in a 1-1 draw.

Considering Paco Herrera's side have drawn their last three league games on home soil by that very same scoreline, it is well worth having a punt on these two cancelling each other out tonight, at inviting 12/5 (3.40) odds.

The main explanation for this succession of stalemates is Celta's habit of keeping things tight, and while just seven teams have conceded fewer goals than the hosts, only the four sides sitting directly below them have a poorer goal-scoring record.

Nine of Los Celestes' 15 La Liga fixtures have featured two goals or less, and with the visitors set to miss their main source of goals in the injured Ruben Castro, neither goalkeeper seems likely to be particularly busy.

Backing under 2.5 goals to be scored would have paid out in eight of the last nine matches between these two sides, and that bet offers great value at odds of 5/6 (1.83) here. For punters seeking higher returns, another draw looks overpriced at 12/5 (3.40).

Under 2.5 goals scored at 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power
Draw at 12/5 (3.40) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.