The Betpal Football Bet of the Day takes in a Copa del Rey fixture in Spain on Wednesday evening, when Zaragoza face Levante in the second leg of their tie. The hosts lead by a single goal from the 1st leg, will they go on and progress comfortably?
Match: Zaragoza v Levante
Bet of the Day: Back Levante +0.5 on the Asian Handicap
Best Odds: 1.75 with Pinnacle
Kick Off: 20:30 09/01/2013 (GMT)
The second leg Copa del Rey ties have left some games in very interesting positions, not least this one, between Zaragoza and Levante. This column tipped Levante to win the first leg, but they were ultimately beaten 1-0, despite a reasonable performance. Again, the prices seem to be tipped too far in favour of the hosts, and they are worth taking on again – this time with a handicap for Levante. Zaragoza struggle to justify a price around 2.2 – they have lost six of nine home League fixtures, and been beaten by every visiting side placed 11th or higher (five games) in La Liga – including 6th placed Levante, who won 1-0 here as recently as mid-December. The visitors have lost four of nine away, but only one of the last six. The real strength of the handicap however, will be in the closing stages. A draw is enough to see Zaragoza through, so they are more likely to be risk averse in the final minutes than would normally be the case for a home side – it is an important change to the usual dynamics of team’s attacking intent, and makes the handicap bet pretty attractive.
Football Bet of the Day
Back Levante +0.5 on the Asian Handicap at 1.75 with Pinnacle. (This offers better value than laying the hosts on the exchanges at the time of writing).