Looking at the 1×2 market first, where the favourite Cadiz never got into a winning position. The draw @ 3.20 proved to be the winning selection here, but the outsider Almeria @3.40 was the team which merited the victory if anything.
Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest, where with hindsight Cadiz -0.25 looked a little flattered by that start. Almeria +0.25 @ 1.86 won their punters half of their stake, and it should have been more.
Looking at The Under/Over market last of all. The goal line dropped from 2.5 to 2.25 before kick-off and Under 2.25 turned out to be the winning bet @ 1.85. However, the match merited more goals with several clear opportunities wasted in a wide-open 2nd half. At the same time, it did begin initially as a tight and scrappy match where the fear of losing took over. It all opened up with the first goal as Cadiz took risks and Almeria generated plenty of scoring chances on breaks.
Only days before departing the club to his beloved Deportivo La Coruna, Cadiz sub-Lucas Pérez scored a late equaliser to salvage a vital point against Almería.
It was a hard-fought and largely even contest between two clubs battling to avoid relegation this season, but in terms of wasted chances, Almeria merited more from the match.
Cádiz started with promise and looked well-organised and committed. Almeria could not settle and so the host had more of the play and better openings.
Rubén Alcaraz was the first to test the opponent’s keeper, but his shot was tame. That first opportunity seemed to open the floodgates for the hosts, with Álvaro Negredo’s header being tipped over the bar in Cadiz’s best opening.
The home team did find the back of the net through Brian Ocampo’s strike, but a swift VAR review ruled out the effort for a foul in the build-up.
The VAR decision wasn’t the end of Cádiz’s bad luck, with Gonzalo Melero giving Almería the lead against the run of play not long before the whistle. He converted into the top corner from a tricky angle.
After the break, Almería looked very dangerous on breaks but continued to waste good chances. They very nearly doubled their lead, but Jeremias Ledesma did enough to deny El Bilal Touré’s headed effort.
After a nice break, they missed an absolute sitter from close range which left the back door open for Cadiz.
As the game reached its final stages, the speedy sub-Lucas Pérez proved to be a game-changer, finding the back of the net after latching onto a loose ball in the box.
The point leaves Cádiz in the relegation zone, while a disappointed Almeria sits in an impressive 13th position, with a five-point cushion over the drop zone. Fair score 1-2.