Cordoba v Granada Tips | 5th January 2015

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THE first round of La Liga fixtures for 2015 concludes on Monday night and Mark O’Haire has a best bet to cover Cordoba’s clash with Granada.

Cordoba v Granada | Monday 19.45

Two of La Liga’s strugglers do battle in an Andalusian derby tonight from southern Spain. Just one place separates the two teams who’ve managed only three league wins from 32 between them this season.

Despite their lowly position, I’ve been impressed by the fight, spirit and determination in the Cordoba squad. Since their unlikely promotion to the top-flight, Albert Ferrer was ruthlessly sacked and Miroslav Djukic has taken over the reigns and they remain a tough unit to crack.

But Los Califas are still winless in front of their home fans (D5-L3) and have failed to score in their last three outings at the Nuevo Arcángel, so how can we get involved at 13/8 (BetVictor). We simply can’t.

However, Cordoba are unbeaten when hosting teams in ninth and below and so Betfred’s offer of 11/5 on the draw holds most appeal.

Granada arrive without a win since September with Joaquín Caparrós coming under increasing pressure. With just five points taken from a possible 36, the experienced coach could be out of work if the visitors suffer a derby defeat.

For all their struggles, El Grana have W1-D3-L4 of their eight on the road and managed to net in six of those games. That’s all despite playing only two of the current bottom-half.

With five draws in their last eight outings from Granada, the two lowest-scoring sides in La Liga and with 15 draws in 32 league matches between them, there really is little other option but to take a small and speculative punt on the draw.

Best Bet

Cordoba v Granada – Draw (11/5 Betfred)

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After starting his career in newspaper journalism, Mark soon found his way into the online betting world, forging a career in content, social media and marketing production. With a huge passion for stats, the Football League and European football, Mark’s other interests include playing rugby, following his beloved QPR and travel.

2 Comments

  1. Ah my good man, I’m glad you’ve picked a bet that doesnt solely rely on a ridiculous hunch of yours. Not like yesterdays Yeovil to win tip. I laughed a little too hard and wee’d myself a bit.
    Throw away Utd’s poor away record, and Yeovil’s poor any record and you’re left with one of Europe’s finest Dutch managers vs Mr Whatshisface. I hope yesterdays result shows that LVG is not a manager that wants to be embarrassed by the lower leagues on a regular basis, and am astounded this may not have occurred to a tipster like yourself. Yes anything happens in football, but lets be realistic a tiny bit. I’m surprised you didnt try a scorecast. 6-0 Yeovil, why not? It was 4-0 MK Dons. Such tomfoolery.
    I implore you to keep your hunches to yourself, as one day I will get caught out.

    Tonights game is spot on. Clearly not a devious idea you’ve had, but the stats back up the outcome of a draw. Onwards and upwards squire!

    • Profile photo of Mark O'Haire

      Fair point. Although, I’m a sucker for backing any team when they’re twice the size they should have been. Dover were 7/1 against Palace, Wimbledon were 10/1 against Liverpool yet Yeovil were 14/1 to beat United – it doesn’t add up.

      I also recommended the Yeovil +2 bet which, I’m sure readers realised was probably the stronger selection, however the point still stands. Yeovil were playing second-tier football last season and even proved in the 90 minutes they’re no slouches. Of course, backing it and suggesting it I knew it was unlikely to win but would I have done had the Glovers been 7/1-10/1? Of course, not.

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