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European Football

17 December 2012

Celta v Betis: No reason to oppose predictable result

All of the last four meetings have ended 1-1 with Celta scoring first

Celta v Betis: No reason to oppose predictable result

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There is nothing a punter likes more than a banker outcome and clashes between Celta Vigo and Real Betis have been ultimately predictable in recent years.

The pair were in different divisions last season, but squared off in the Spanish Segunda in the two years previous, with every game following the same pattern.

On all four occasions the final score ended 1-1, with Celta taking the lead before being pegged back.

Understandably, 1-1 is the shortest price in the correct scoreline market at 6/1, but this may still prove lucrative if history is expected to repeat itself again.

Alternatively, another market that may generate interest is the 4/6 that Celta score the game’s first goal and they have broken the deadlock in eight of their last nine home games in all competitions.

It is 4/5 that under 2.5 goals are scored and only one of the last nine head-to-heads between the pair have crossed this handicap.

Punters fancying Betis taking something after falling behind may prefer the 7/1 that they secure a point from a losing position or the slightly safer option of 5/1 that they either win or draw.

Celta are 11/10 to triumph and give themselves some additional breathing space from the relegation places.

In their favour is that they have only lost one of their seven home games and the visitors’ chief goal-getter Ruben Castro is a big doubt with a calf injury after five goals in his last four appearances in all competitions.

If Castro is not passed fit, the game could turn into a battle between two current Arsenal strikers. Betis could turn to Joel Campbell, while the hosts have Park Chu-young within their ranks.

Park is 11/5 to be on target within the 90 minutes and Campbell 3/1 in the same market.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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