Almeria 3-1 Espanyol – Betting Review
A highly impressive and effective Almería registered their sixth home victory of the La Liga campaign with a convincing 3-1 win over relegation strugglers Espanyol at the Power Horse Stadium.
Buoyed by their hard-working win over high-flying Betis in their previous contest, Espanyol began the game reasonably well but from around the 10th minute, the tide began to turn to Almeria.
The host was lively and tried to play at a quick pace from the start, creating havoc in the area but missing an early big chance on a scramble. Soon after winger Adrián Embarba’s hit his effort just wide.
Almería was even closer to breaking the deadlock as Embarba’s long-range strike skimmed the post.
Their pressure finally paid dividends when Embarba crossed for Luis Suárez to sweep home from inside the area in the 21st minute.
Espanyol was left with a mountain to climb shortly after the hour mark when another scramble in the box saw Léo Baptistão fire home a rebound from a tight angle to make it 2-0.
Espanyol had improved slightly in the second half and had a penalty ruled out by a close offside by VAR while it was 1-0.
Espanyol had more of the play at 2-0, but Almería was not yet finished with their goalscoring. The home side saw substitute Francisco Portillo fire a clinical 3rd goal in the 77th minute, the goal was against the run of play.
Despite Joselu adding a late consolation, Espanyol left Almería hugely frustrated for a flat opening half and one they never could recover. The better team won and 3-1 is a fair result.
Looking at the 1×2 betting first. The market barely could separate these two very well-matched teams, but on the day Almeria was much the better team. It was the slight betting favourite Almeria that won @ 2.55.
Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. The punters had the draw no bet (DNB) as a cushion here, but Almeria punters didn’t need that in a convincing showing. Almeria -0 was the shorter price with this handicap but won comfortably for their backers @1.78.
Looking at The Under/Over goal line last of all. We liked the look over Over 2.25 and it paid out @ 1.96. as expected both were tidy in front of goal and generated chances.