Almeria Expects a Friendly Welcome in CordobaPublished June 4, 2016 by Florin P
Cordoba and Almeria could split points to achieve their targets (7:30 p.m UK Time).
Under normal circumstances, the matches played in the Spanish second division don’t generate a lot of interest and enthusiasm among punters. The match between Almeria and Córdoba doesn’t fall into this category, because the outcome will determine who goes to the playoffs and who relegates. There is a middle way for the two teams, who could hit their targets without actually winning the game.
A Point Is Enough for Cordoba
The hosts have the best offensive in the Liga Adelante and an impressive track record in front of their fans, where they won 10 games. Not surprising, very few matches ended undecided at home but on this Saturday afternoon, they are not motivated to go for all three points.
If the match ends undecided, the resulting point would be enough to guarantee their presence in the playoffs regardless of what Osasuna does. The team from Pamplona plays on the road against an opponent that has already lost any chance to promote the first league. Córdoba only needs a point to consolidate its position and render the result in Osasuna’s match irrelevant.
Almeria Takes It One Step at a Time
The visitors are in dire need of points and they would have to win on the road to make sure they stay in the second division. However, their track record so far is far from impressive, with a single victory away from home and 11 draws. Another inconclusive match could be enough to avoid relegation, but only if Ponferradina or Mallorca fail to win.
Almeria needs to play it safe in the first half and see what happens in the other two matches and only come out of its shell later on in the game. There is a serious suspicion that this game will end undecided if the sole point would be sufficient for the two teams to achieve their objectives. Bet365 sports still offers odds on this match and they currently stand at 11/10 for a draw and 4/5 on a draw at half time.