Week 1 is in the books, and “Los Armeros” SD Eibar is coming off a (correctly predicted) 1-0 win. With only 9 points separating the two teams last season, what are the odds Eibar takes their second victory in a row, this time over Athletic Bilbao?
Eibar – (6/4)
Athletic Bilbao – (21/10)
Draw – (21/10)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (23/20)
Under – (4/6)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (10/11)
No – (10/11)
The first thing that should jump out at you is the even odds for both clubs to score. After one week there is a single goal between the squads, Eibar’s over Malaga. But it’s only been one game, big deal. What’s notable about it is that a season ago both clubs averaged nearly a goal and a half a game, but they’re odds have them combining for less than 3 goals, regardless whether they both score or not. This means that if you bet on the Over/Under, you’re implored to take the “both teams scoring” odds as well, as that results in a nice bonus for your prediction.
Neither club made any major additions over the offseason, with the pressure to produce goals still squarely on the shoulders of Bilbao’s Aritz Aduriz and Raul Garcia, and Los Armeros’ Sergi Enrich and Pedro Leon. Free Transfer from Malaga Charles has already produced Eibar’s lone goal so far this year.
A season ago Eibar produced 3 more goals than Bilbao (56 to 53), where Athletic allowed 8 fewer (43 to 51), which gave them the better table position in the end.
SD Eibar 2 – 1 Athletic Bilbao
These are two interestingly even squads entering this fixture. Ultimately we assume the youth of strikers Leon and Enrich, matched with Charles, likely won’t run laps around the Bilbao defenders but should do enough to earn them a W.
While the odds do favor Los Armeros to win, taking the Over 2.5 and both teams to score is a huge opportunity to earn big.