Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 23 February 2020
Kick-off at 13:00 UK / 14:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Mendizorrotza (Vitoria-Gasteiz).
With Athletic Bilbao yet to hit the ground running on the road, Alaves are sizing up to be the front runners to come out on top in this one.
Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao Head to head (h2h)
- Their last clash saw Athletic Bilbao post a 2-0 victory.
- All but one of their past four meetings have featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts.
- Both teams have found the back of the net together in just two of their previous five fixtures.
- Two of their last eight encounters have finished as a stalemate.
- Athletic Bilbao have registered the win three times in their past ten games. (W-3, D-4, L-3)
Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao Match Preview
Alaves were at the losing end of a 1-0 scoreline last week on the road against Mallorca. The hosts hardly showed any signs of promise in that latter matchup and failed to record even a single shot on target. Miserably, the home team have just one win from their past four fixtures, garnering no more than four points from a possible twelve.
As of now, Alaves have been placed fourteenth on the ladder, four points adrift of their foes for the weekend.
On the other hand, Athletic Bilbao failed to taste success in their most recent clash as well. The visitors welcomed Osasuna to their midst in that game and went on to lose by a narrow 1-0 scorecard. It is also worth mentioning that the guests have now admitted defeat in each of their past three games on the trot, and are without a win in their last five.
As such, another loss this week could potentially see Athletic Bilbao lose their place in the top ten.
Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
Alaves have been faring a lot better at home than on the road this season. In fact, all three defeats that they have succumbed to so far here have come against sides that are currently dwelling top six.
Furthermore, the hosts have stumbled just twice in their past nine games here. In sharp contrast, Athletic Bilbao have been merely a shadow of their usual self, away from home.
Their last and only win on the road was the 2-1 victory over Osasuna, back in November. Piling on even more misery, the guests have not come out on top in any of their last four visits here. As such, with home advantage out of the equation this week, Athletic Bilbao have little or no chance of picking up the win.
Be that as it may, the visitors have shared the spoils in half of their previous four meetings here. Taking into account that the guests have also salvaged a point seven times on the road, back a double chance, just to be on the safer side.
Additionally, Athletic Bilbao have not been keen on racking up the goal scoring charts on the road. They have found the back of the net just nine times so far, which is just three more than the lowest tally.
Meanwhile, Alaves have scored more than two goals just once at home this term. Considering that all but one of their past four h2h encounters here have also featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts, expect goals to be hard to come by this Sunday.
Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao Betting tips
Double chance: Alaves or Draw @ 1.50 (1/2)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.40 (2/5).