Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: Monday, 17 December 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mendizorroza (Istanbul).
Alaves dropped down to 5th in the Primera Division standings after clinching just one pit in past three league rounds. They also suffered an early Copa del Rey elimination to Girona (3-4 on aggregate) meaning we have reasons to talk about crisis at Mendizorroza. Can Babazorros bring a dreadful streak of four straight games without a win to an end on Monday night when they play host to Athletic Bilbao in the last game of the Matchday?
The story is completely opposite with the visitors. They opened the new season in a poor fashion, but they seem to have found the right form. The Lions head into this off the back of two consecutive clean sheet wins over Huesca and Girona. They advanced into the last 16 round of Copa del Rey in some style aging eight goals without conceding a single over two legs against Huesca. They did not shine against an in-form Girona side seven days ago in La Liga, but still managed to snatch a last-gasp win via stoppage-time penalty from the star man Aritz Aduriz.
Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head
The head to head statistics speak clearly in Bilbao’s favour.
The Lions won 190, drew 3 and lost only 4 of 17 meetings with Alaves.
Teams picked up a win apiece in the previous term of Primera.
Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Bilbao are form favourites coming into this one, but the value is definitely with the hosts here. Babazorros made Mendizorroza a real fortress this term as they are yet to lose the home match in the league. Alaves won four and drew three of seven home outings conceding just five goals in the process.
Bilbao are, on the other side, yet to claim their maiden win on the road in Primera Division. They drew four and lost three of seven so far, meaning we have to try with the home win or draw double chance as the main betting option at the odds of 1.55.
Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
Alaves or Draw @ 1.55 (11/20)
Athletic Bilbao Under 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.44 (4/9).