Athletic Bilbao – Valencia PREDICTION
Athletic Bilbao – Valencia – Team names suggest this is a derby car, however, the table shows something else and the team that has downped Athletic, while Valencia this season is very good. Even 18 points more won Valencia and they are in the very best fourth place, leading them to the Champions League. This season they are not playing in Europe, but because Athletic is playing the European League and have reached the eighth finals. And in the championship they celebrated in the last round after a long time, and Valencia is in a series of three victories. In the first part of the championship, Valencia defeated Athletic 3: 2 in their field.
Athletic Bilbao Betting tips
There are a lot of problems for Athletic this season, but they are still present in the European League where they made a lot of the final one. They beat Spartak from Moscow with 3: 1 and they seemed to have secured the eighth finals, but lost in the draw 2: 1 and were close to eliminating. In the championship, they had a series of six games without a win, and in the last three in this series they did not even score, but last weekend finally managed to celebrate against the last-placed Malaga.
They lost 1: 0, and after the reversal goal keeper Arrizabalaga defended the penalty, which means they had a lot of luck. Due to the large number of matches, Ziganda has been forced to constantly rotate the starting lineup, and there are certain problems with injuries that do not have Muniain, Rica and Balenziage. And now we expect changes in relation to the team that played against Malage.
The likely starting lineup of Athletic Bilbao: Arrizabalaga – de Marcos, Yeray, I.Martinez, Saborit – Iturraspe, Benat – Susaeta, Raul Garcia, Williams – Aduriz
And Valencia had a crisis period this season, and at the top of the table they are holding that great series at the start of the championship, when they were undefeated in the first 13 rounds. Later, they expected a little to fall and they had a series of three defeats, which added two more in the semi-finals of the Cup of Barcelona. Now Valencia is in a series of three victories and the last defeat was played at Atletico Madrid. It is interesting that in recent times and when they have won a regular goal, they have kept their net for the last time untouched in mid-November when Espanyol defeated 2-0.
The aforementioned series of victories began with a triumph over the city rival Levante. It was not easy in that duel, but eventually 3: 1, while there were a lot more problems in Malaga, where they lost and only then turned into a 2: 1 finale. It was not easy even in a Sunday match with Real Sociedad when they also celebrated with 2: 1, and the hero was Santi Mina with two goals. Now we expect Ruben Vezo, Kondogbia and Zaza to return to the team.
Prediction: Athletic Bilbao win @ 1.90