Leganes vs Athletic Club Bilbao
Spain – La Liga
Date: Saturday 14th January, 2017
Kick-off: 12:00 UK
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Butarque, Leganes.
Athletic Club failed to back up the fine performance from the Copa del Rey first leg match against Barcelona. The team led by Ernesto Valverde failed to find the opener against the league’s newcomers Deportivo Alaves on Sunday morning to take only a point at San Mames and remain outside the top six positions in Primera Division.
Valverde will have yet another “easier” fixture in the 18th round of the competition since the Lions will be travelling to Municipal de Butarque to face yet another newcomers Leganes before the face off with Atletico Madrid in the 19th round.
Leganes have been struggling a lot to stay competitive in the higher division football. Asier Garitano still keeps the team outside the danger zone, but the performances are weaker and weaker with each new week. The New Year did not bring any changes as Leganes lost easily to Real Betis over the weekend.
Leganes vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-Head Stats
This is going to be the first clash between the two sides since Leganes earned the promotion to the top flight of Spanish football for the first time in their history last year.
Leganes vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
We would normally back Athletic to clinch the victory here, but the look at their poor away record makes us question the value of 5/4 odds offered by the bookmakers on the away win. Athletic are winless in five consecutive matches on the road, losing as many as four of them. However, we believe that Ernesto Valverde will find the way to motivate his lads because the team desperately needs three points to stay in the contest for the top part of the table. The main betting prediction will be the away win, while you can alternatively try with the visitors to keep a clean sheet at 6/4 because Leganes are just poor up front.
Leganes vs Athletic Bilbao: Betting Tips
Bilbao to win 2.45 (16/11)
Athletic Club to keep a clean sheet 6/4 (3.05).