MARK O’HAIRE (@MarkOHaire) continues his hunt for the continent’s best bet with his European NAP. Can he continue his run of six winners from seven in La Liga on Saturday night?
Las Palmas v Eibar | Saturday 19:45 | Sky Sports 2
If you’re not heading out for Fireworks Night this Saturday, I’d urge you to tune your television into the live La Liga action on Sky Sports.
Close the curtains, turn the volume up and enjoy two of Spain’s most adorable clubs battling it out. I’m aware Las Palmas taking on Eibar might not normally take top billing on your weekend plans but this meeting excite and enthrall.
Las Palmas are one of the best teams to follow in Europe under Quique Setien – the Yellows may have only W1-D4-L3 in their last eight after making a blistering start but last weekend’s wild and wonderful 3-3 draw with Celta Vigo was bloody brilliant for neutral viewers.
The Canary Islanders enjoyed over 70% possession in the first-half but still found themselves trailing 3-0 at the break. A whirlwind second-half saw the Yellows road back into contention and claim a much-deserved share of the spoils.
Only a fortnight ago, Kevin-Prince Boateng scored a goal of the season contender in Las Palmas’ unfortunate loss to Villarreal and Setien’s side have showed in games against Real Madrid and Sevilla too that they’re not afraid to get forward.
Las Palmas specialise in a superb counter-attacking game but the Islanders are also pretty decent in possession too. Setien allows his front four relative freedom when possession is turned over and it often makes for really enjoyable games.
The Yellows’ results have included a 5-1, two 2-2s, a 1-4, a 2-4 and last weekend’s 3-3. They’ve scored in all bar five of their 20 home fixtures under Setien and eight of their 10 contests this term have delivered for Both Teams To Score punters.
The Both Teams To Score is my angle of attack here with 188BET offering a very kind 16/19 on a repeat on Saturday night.
Plucky Eibar visit – another small club punching above their weight and playing football without fear in La Liga. They were the first team to beat Villarreal in the league last week and are just a point above Las Palmas.
The Basques have scored in all 10 of their La Liga matches but kept just two clean sheets – leading to 8/10 (80%) winning BTTS bets. On their travels under Jose Luis Mendilibar, the minnows have scored at the Camp Nou, Bernabeu and Vicente Calderon as 16/24 (67%) away days banking in the Both Teams To Score column.
Las Palmas v Eibar – Both Teams To Score (16/19 188BET)