Live on Sky Sports 3: Sat 19.00 & 21.00: William Hill’s 1/7 favourites Real Madrid should keep a clean sheet against shot-shy Hercules.
For once, a football match has made life for punters easy by throwing up an obvious bet at a decent price as Real Madrid host Hercules. So bad is the latter’s record on the road that it’s hard to even comprehend that they notched twice without reply at Barcelona of all places back in September. In the dozen away matches since then, they have managed just one goal and picked up only three points so it’s easy to see why Jose Mourinho’s men are 1/7 at William Hill to collect a maximum haul.
To say Madrid are a banker is an understatement but given that the Alicante outfit simply can’t buy a goal on their travels, punters might as well plump for a Madrid triumph ‘to nil’ at 10/11 with Coral as it’s almost impossible to envisage the visitors powder-puff attack breaching the hosts’ rock-solid home defence.
In the day’s other televised encounter Valencia look decent value at 6/4 with Stan James to bounce back from their Champions League disappointment by getting the better of struggling Real Zaragoza. Los Che have look strong on the road of late, especially against teams in La Liga’s lower echelons and they should have no trouble here.