Football Bet of the Day: A goalfest's on in Aragon
After a fortnight away, Kevin Hatchard returns to the helm, and he's sailing us to Spain.
"Zaragoza have been leaking plenty of goals recently, but have also shown they are capable of scoring freely."
Spanish clash to catch the eye
Real Zaragoza v Osasuna
Monday 08 October, 20:00
There's something extra-painful about being let down by a team that has an amazing nickname. Tobias placed his faith in the Clockwork Cheese (Albacete) yesterday, and their attack looked anything but clockwork as it spluttered in a 1-0 defeat at Oviedo. That said, TG is well in profit for the year, and can enjoy a fortnight off.
We'll kick off our mega-shift in Spain, and join two former members of the La Liga club. Both Real Zaragoza and Osasuna find themselves in the second tier, and neither team has made a particularly bright start to the campaign.
Real Zaragoza narrowly missed out on promotion back to the big time last season, as they finished third. It was the first time since the club was relegated in 2013 that it looked like it had a genuine chance of being promoted. It's worth remembering that this is a club that beat Arsenal in the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup final (Nayim from the halfway line, and all that), and 58 of its 84 seasons have been spent in the top flight. This season, Zaragoza are 12th in the table, with six goals conceded in the last three games.
Osasuna were relegated in 2017, and finished eighth in their first campaign back at second-tier level. They have made a bizarre start that has seen them fail to score a single goal on their travels, and therefore it's no surprise that they have lost all three away matches.
Over 2.5 Goals is trading at a chunky [2.42] here, and given Osasuna's atrocious away record you can see why. However, it's worth noting that Zaragoza have conceded two goals in each of their last three matches, and an Over 2.5 Goals bet has landed in five of their eight games in league and cup. The Aragon side have scored in six of their eight matches this term, and have rattled in nine goals in the last five outings.
This could be a better game than the market expects.
Points Staked: 141
Points Returned: 152.56
P/L: +11.56 points
Back Over 2.5 Goals at [2.42]