Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo
Spanish La Liga
Date: Monday, 19th December 2016.
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Estadio San Mames (Bilbao).
Athletic Bilbao will be keen to maintain their strong home record as they host a struggling Celta Vigo on matchday 16 of the Spanish LaLiga season 2016/17.
Ernesto Valverde’s team are coming on the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat away at Betis last week. This was by no means a surprise result as they been struggling to get points on the road all way through this season. At the same time, they record at San Mames is totally opposite. Expect a defeat against Barcelona in their first home match of the campaign, Bilbao are unbeaten in 6 straight home games, with 5 wins and a draw to their name. It is clearly evident that that they will be fighting for a Champions League spot if their away form is slightly better. They are currently 7th in the league standings with a 5 point gap from 6th placed Atletico Madrid.
Celta Vigo is another inconsistent team in the league and occupies a position in the lower half of the table. They are 13th in the standings with 21 points, which is 9 points clear-off the relegation zone. Just like Bilbao, Celta plays better at home. Their away record is disappointing and managed only 1 win from the 7 matches so far, while they drew and lost 3 each. They were thrashed 3-0 at home by Sevilla last week and head-coach Eduardo Berizzo will be hoping on a much better showing on Monday night.
Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo: Head-to-head stats
Bilbao won both La Liga clashes against Celta last season – 2-1 at home and 1-0 in the away leg. The pair of wins is a clear reflection of their dominance over Celta in recent seasons. Out of the last 12 matches between them in all competitions, Athletic Bilbao bagged 7 wins and 3 draws, losing just twice. One of those Celta win came at San Mames on 2015 in a Copa Del Rey fixture.
Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo: Prediction
It is safe to go with Athletic Bilbao for this fixture, mainly based on their strong home form this season. They are unbeaten at home in the last 9 matches in all competitions with 8 wins and a draw. Also, they have a good head-to-head record over Celta. While Celta have struggled miserably in away matches. Bilbao to win is our main pick for this fixture and expect them to score at least twice here.
Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo: Bet Tips
Bilbao to win at 10/11 (1.90)
Over 1.5 team goals for Bilbao at 17/20 (1.85).