Espanyol v Granada – Betting Preview & Pick

7 Feb

sergiogarcia

Espanyol (10th) v Granada (13th)

Of course, Betis had the greater need to win, but Espanyol (1.92) showed little interest in beating the 20th placed Andalusian’s in their clash at the Benito Villamarin last weekend, eventually losing 2-0.

Granada (4.75) also lost their round 22 fixture, going down 2-1 to Celta Vigo at home. Lucas Alcaraz, the Granada, coach, has, however, stated that while he’s disappointed with defeat, it’s sometimes good to go into a match with bad taste in the mouth.

The fact that Granada defeated Espanyol in Barcelona last season won’t have escaped Mr Alcaraz’s attention either, I’m sure.

In conclusion, neither is proficient in front of goal and under 2.5 goals could, therefore, be the best call to make at 1.73, but I’ve opted to instead chance my money on a home win for two reasons.

Firstly, Espanyol, like many clubs in La Liga, are notorious for ‘phoning it in’ with little regard for results once they deem themselves to be safe from relegation – their seasonal goal – but it would be foolishly naive if the Catalans were to believe that to be the case as things stand.

Indeed, given that he and his charges are only six points off the 18th placed team, Valladolid, Javier Aguirre will surely target Friday’s clash with a Granada side that is only two points behind them as a very winnable fixture in which they must take all three points to aid their survival quest and hamper their opponents.

Secondly, I advised Espanyol + 0.5 against Betis last weekend and, as crazy as it might sound, believe that I’ll get repaid on the majority losing picks if I simply lost what was the right bet on paper.

If Espanyol, who have no players listed as injured or suspended, don’t win this game and are demoted to the Segunda division come the end of the season, then failing to win home games like this will be why.

Recommendation: Espanyol (1.92)

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