Fans of the Spanish Laliga about missing voltage in the battle for European places can complain about this season not. Before the start of the 27th game day, the league is extremely balanced in the so-called midfield. Rank seven and 13 separate just three points.
As a result, at least seven clubs have legitimate hopes for one of the top six favorite places. The first attempt will start on Friday evening for the opening of the 27th match day Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol Barcelona.
Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol Barcelona Football Betting Tips
The hosts from the Basque Country are ranked 12th in the table with 33 points. Espanyol Barcelona are only tied on goal difference on goal difference. Both teams could put pressure on sixth to eleventh place with a win. For Athletico speaking, they are meeting the second-weakest away team. Espanyol Barcelona has been able to drive only a meager eight points in foreign countries. The last placed in this classification, SD Eibar, has with a game on the same number of points earned. Bilbao’s home record may well be proud of – to the effect a prediction on the three-way market at good rates towards the home side is obvious. For us is in the match between Athletico Bilbao vs. Espanyol Barcelona’s tip on the Basque the best choice. The start of the game at San Mamés is on Friday evening at 21:00.
Athletic Bilbao – Statistics & Current Form
Bilbao was still in the relegation battle a few weeks ago. Quite a few experts have predicted that a descent from La Liga in the near future is inevitable, if it is still held on the “Basque only” policy. Since the change of coach from Eduardo Berizzo to Gaizka Garitano, however, the shape curve is steadily rising. In the last twelve games of the highest Spanish division under Garitano collected the Basque 22 counters and climbed in the table to number twelve. The extremely dense midfield in the Spanish league is Bilbao now contrary. All of a sudden, Europe should be dreamed of again. The relegation battle is no longer an issue for the time being. Ten points clear of Villarreal are now a relatively comfortable cushion. After a small series of successes lost “Los Leones” in the last game against Valencia CF 0-2. In a rather weary game the defeat was not entirely undeserved at the end. Due to the host’s recent enormous increase in home strength, this defeat can certainly be accepted.
Important for the match against Espanyol will be that several formerly injured players have slowly but surely found their way back into the squad. Thus fall in the trend-setting home match only Ander Capa and the long-term injured Peru Nolaskoain. There have been five home wins, six draws and two defeats at the San Mamés Stadium. The last home deficit dates from 05.10. of the past year. Real Sociedad scored three points on the eighth day of the match. Should be correct between Bilbao and Betis Sevilla the prediction to win Bilbao, attract betting odds of up to 1.91.
Expected formation of Athletic Bilbao:
➲ Mistress – de Marcos, Alvarez, Martinez, Berchiche – D. Garcia, Benat – Ibai, R. Garcia, Muniain – Williams
Last matches of Athletic Bilbao:
⚽ 03.03.2019 – Valencia vs. Athletic Bilbao 2: 0 (La Liga)
⚽ 23.02.2019 – Athletic Bilbao Vs. SD Eibar 1-0 (La Liga)
⚽ 18.02.2019 – Huesca Vs. Athletic Bilbao 0: 1 (La Liga)
⚽ 10.02.2019 – Athletic Bilbao vs. FC Barcelona 0: 0 (La Liga)
⚽ 02.02.2019 – Real Sociedad Vs. Athletic Bilbao 2: 1 (La Liga)
Espanyol Barcelona – Statistics & Current Form
The four-time Cup winner was mercilessly passed through several weeks in the table. The low point was reached at the beginning of February, when the Blue-Whites came back in 15th place and thus recorded the worst season placings. From there, however, the shape curve suddenly showed up again steeply. Since 03.02. Espanyol are unbeaten in La Liga, taking in nine points from their last five games. The two-time finalist of the UEFA Cup is currently ranked 13th.
The decisive reason why the “Periquitos” crashed was above all the disappointing appearances abroad: they only won one of 13 appearances and with otherwise five draws and seven defeats, Espanyol is the second weakest away team in the league. Eibar, however, has completed a game less on the green at the same point yield. The last time that the “Blanquiazules” landed a victory as a visiting team, is more than four months back and only succeeded in the currently bottoming SD Huesca.
The chances for the team of coach Rubi to score in the match against Bilbao have not necessarily increased in view of the injured or suspended players. Missing: Oscar Duarte, Sergio Garcia and Pablo Piatti. Recently, David Lopez suffered a cruciate ligament rupture. Iglesias Borja and Sergi Darder are missing yellow. Chinese newcomer Lei Wu is back on board. As Athletic Bilbao vs. Espanyol Barcelona are in the bookmaker’s prediction advantage, odds of up to 4.80 can be used for a tip on the away win.
Expected deployment of Espanyol Barcelona:
➲ Lopez – Rosales, Naldo, Hermoso, Vila – Melendo, Roca, Granero – Perez, Puado Wu
Last matches of Espanyol Barcelona:
⚽ 02.03.2019 – Espanyol vs Valladolid 3: 1 (La Liga)
⚽ 22.02.2019 – Espanyol vs.Huesca 1: 1 (La Liga)
⚽ 17.02.2019 – Valencia vs Espanyol Barcelona 0: 0 (La Liga)
⚽ 09.02.2019 – Espanyol vs. Rayo Vallecano 2: 1 (La Liga)
⚽ 03.02.2019 – Villarreal vs. Espanyol Barcelona 2: 2 (La Liga)
Athletic Bilbao vs. Espanyol Barcelona Comparison & Statistics Highlights
Both teams look back on a long common history. Already 167 direct matches were held. The balance is conceivably tight. Bilbao was allowed to leave the course 70 times. Espanyol cheered 65 times. 32 draws complete the comparison. A look into the recent past is rather close to a smaller dominance of Espanyol. The first leg in Barcelona on Matchday 11 won the “Periquitos” 1-0. The last victory of Bilbao dates from the season 2016/17. Bilbao beat San Mamés 2-0 on Matchday 30.
Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol Barcelona Our Betting Tips
Espanyol beat Bilbao 1-0 in a very balanced match in the first half of the season. This time, however, we see the Basques at an advantage. Especially abroad Espanyol has not jumped much in the past. The balance outside the comfort zone is miserable. In addition, Bilbao has recently shown itself what they are capable of. 16 counters have been retracted from the past eight home games in La Liga. None of it was lost. Statistically it is thus substantiated why in Athletic Bilbao against Espanyol Barcelona indicate the odds towards a victory of the home side.
Key Facts – Athletic Bilbao Vs. Espanyol Barcelona tips
➲ Espanyol Barcelona is the second weakest away team in La Liga.
➲ Both teams had a good run and recovered from the weak start to the season.
➲ Betting on over 2.5 goals has been successful in the last nine out of twelve games involving Espanyol Barcelona.
Nevertheless, both teams seem to be in good shape at the moment. Almost in step, Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol Barcelona marched from matchday to matchday last. Finding a real favorite purely on the basis of the results of the last matchdays, is really difficult in this encounter. The sticking point will be that Athletic has so far clocked in San Mamés almost three times as many counters as Espanyol in foreign stadiums. Another important point is that Bilbao has been very solid on the defensive lately. Eliminating the slip-up against a strong Valencia CF, Athletico have been without a clean sheet three times in a row. In addition, today’s hosts have scored at least once in ten of their last twelve competitive matches. It would therefore be no surprise if the bookmakers are right with their assessment of the favorites distribution. The odds are still in the attractive range. In the match between Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol Barcelona, the tip on good odds – currently at 1.91 – is interesting for the Basques to win.
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