Alcoyano vs Athletic Bilbao
Spain Copa del Rey
Date: Thursday, 28 January 2021
Kick-Off at 20.00 UK
Venue: Campo Municipal El Collao, Alcoy.
Alcoyano enjoyed one of the greatest evenings of the team’s history eight days ago when they claimed a massive Real Madrid scalp.
The team led by Vicente Parras did not give up after conceding the first-half goal from Eder Militao. Substitute Jose Solbes brought them back on level terms ten minutes from time, while Juanan clinched the huge winner five minutes before the end of the second extra time.
The achievement is greater if we know that Alcoyano played the last ten minutes of the extra time with ten men on the pitch.
The hosts have thus booked a place in the last 16 round of Copa del Rey where they will be battling last year’s finalists Athletic Bilbao for a spot in the quarter-final.
The visitors will enter the game as favourites since there are two divisions separating the two teams.
The Los Leones have also been on a phenomenal spell of form in the recent weeks. They took the Super Cup trophy by beating the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona in the process.
Alcoyano vs Athletic Bilbao Head-to-head
- These two sides have met each other on just one occasion in the past.
- It was the last 32 round of Copa del Rey in the 2014/15 season. Back then, this stage was played with reverse fixtures.
- Alcoyano held Bilbao to a 1-1 draw in the first leg on the home patch, but Los Leones advanced thanks to a 1-0 victory in the rematch at San Mames Barria.
Alcoyano vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
Alcoyano have been in a fantastic form lately. They won seven and drew one of the last eight games in all competitions. They have climbed to the third position in their respective Segunda B Division as a consequence.
However, Los Leones have been scoring goals for fun lately and we can hardly be optimistic regarding the hosts’ chances of keeping things tight at the back on Thursday evening.
Bilbao notched as many as five goals in the home drubbing of Getafe on Monday evening at San Mames Barria. They have previously managed to get past Ibiza (the leaders in Alcoyano’s respective division) 1-2 on the road in Copa del Rey.
Despite Alcoyano’s recent successes, we have to back the better team here. Los Leones are well worth backing to win the match at the odds of 1.70.
Since each of the last five games the visitors played have seen the both teams to score option coming in, we will go for this pick at the 2.05 odds.
Alcoyano vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips
Athletic Bilbao to win @ 1.70
Both Teams To Score @ 2.05.