Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
The Basques are undefeated (2 wins, 5 draws) in their last seven fixtures at San Mames in the Spanish La Liga, however they are still failing to hit their supporters’ expectations. Moreover, Athletic Bilbao’s players were getting whistled by their own fans last Sunday due to a poor play and edging 2-1 win against rock-bottom Malaga.
In the meantime, guests from Valencia have won their last three La Liga fixtures, with Marcelino’s men doing their best to make a battle of the race for Champions League football next year. “The Bats” are coming after a 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad at their own “Mestalla”, but despite the win, we must highlight that Los Che conceded for the 12th consecutive game. Their last clean sheet was a Copa del Rey 4-0 success over Las Palmas in first half of January, while the last clean sheet in the Spanish top-flight dates from 19 November, when Valencia won 0-2 in Espanyol.
Quick Stats and Facts
– There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Valencia’s last 8 La Liga matches.
– Valencia were the final winners during their last 3 La Liga games.
– Valencia have conceded at least one goal in each of the last 13 La Liga rounds.
– Athletic Bilbao are unbeaten in their last 7 home La Liga games.
– The Basques have won their last 3 home matches against Valencia in all competitions and 4 of the last 7 in overall.
– There isn’t a single draw in the last 7 meetings between both clubs – 4 wins of Athletic Bilbao and 3 for Los Che.
– The last draw between Athletic and Valencia dates from 9 April 2015 – 1:1 at the “San Mames” in Bilbao, which was the last out of four consecutive draws they had during the period.
Find out the possible starting lineups of Athletic Bilbao and Valencia, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the chosen market.
Possible Lineups of Athletic Bilbao and Valencia
Venue: “San Mamés Barria”, Bilbao.
Referee: Jesus Gil.
Athletic Bilbao: Kepa Arrizabalaga – Enric Saborit, Iñigo Martínez, Yeray Alvarez, Iñigo Lekue – Mikel San Jose, Ander Iturraspe – Markel Susaeta, Raul Garcia, Oscar de Marcos – Iñaki Williams. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players: Mikel Balenziaga (muscle), Mikel Rico (hamstring) and Iker Muniain (cruciate ligament rupture) are all injured.
Valencia CF: Neto – Jose Gaya, Gabriel Paulista, Jeison Murillo, Martin Montoya – Gonçalo Guedes, Francis Coquelin, Dani Parejo, Carlos Soler – Santi Mina, Simone Zaza. (4-4-2)
Missing players: Ezequiel Garay (muscle) and Andreas Pereira (Achilles tendon) are both injured.