Despite avoiding defeat in each of their last three, two of which they’ve won, Barcelona B are on their way down to the third tier of Spanish football. A draw last weekend was not enough to keep the fight alive, so, as they’re four points adrift with just one to play, Jordi Vinyals men are heading down. The young Barca squad haven’t had the best luck this season with several of their players missing out through injury at various points, though it’s hard to get away from the fact that they’ve simply not been good enough.
In contrast, Zaragoza, who’re bidding to return to the top flight for the first time since 2013, have enjoyed a fruitful campaign, a campaign that has culminated in them securing a play-off place with a game to spare. After beating fellow promotion hopefuls Valladolid by three goals to two last weekend, Los Maños can relax and start preparing for the challenge of a two-legged knockout tie.
With the hosts relegated and the visitors likely to avoid going for broke what with the play-offs just around the corner, this could well turn out to be something of an uneventful fixture. On this basis, though the current prices would suggest otherwise, a low-scoring game is more likely to occur than not. At the prices, backing ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ may just represent a touch of value.
Though they have at times been poor defensively, the hosts may not struggle to keep at bay a Zaragoza team who’re unlikely to be anywhere near their attacking best, though the hosts should not be expected to flourish at the other end.
Not only will relegation have damped the mood in the home camp, which could in turn mean mustering a real threat is somewhat difficult, but Barca B have simply not been anywhere near as effective offensively as they should’ve been this season, even at home. The hosts come here having scored in just five of their last ten matches at Mini Estadi, while they’ve failed to find the net in 40% of their overall home games this season.
With such scoring issues evident, it’s no surprise that the hosts have seen ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ land 60% of the time at home this season. In addition, though they have been a strong side offensively, ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ has landed in five of Zaragoza’s last nine on the road.
All in all, with the lack of motivation from both acting as the catalyst, punters are urged to support a low-scoring encounter by backing ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ ahead of Saturday’s clash at Mini Estadi.
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Barcelona B have a reasonably record in this fixture, as they’ve won three of the last five renewals and have lost just once during that time. However, there are without a win in two against Zaragoza. When the teams met earlier in the campaign, they drew 1-1 at La Romareda.
The hosts will be without the services of Oriol Busquets, Jose Manuel Arnaiz and Abel Ruiz on Saturday. Aside from that, they should be at full strength.
The visitors have few concerns at present, though they will be without the services of Simone Grippo, who is out injured.