Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves
Spain – La Liga
Date: Saturday, 27th April 2019
Kick-off at 12.00 UK/ 13.00 CET
Venue: Estadio San Mamés (Bilbao).
Bilbao got a lucky break as far as their European future is concerned. Alaves had been their biggest threat, denying them passage into the Europa League, but last week those equations were thrown out of order. Alaves had to take on the title-chasing Barcelona, while Bilbao was pitted against Leganes.
As expected, Alaves lost to the toppers, despite being at home, whereas Athletic rose to the occasion, and scored an away win, which in turn boosted their chance to make the playoffs.
And now, Bilbao welcomes Alaves this week into their home. If they are able to convert this game into three points, with three more match-days remaining, it’d be almost insurmountable for Alaves, and Bilbao can practically ensure participation in the Europa.
Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves Head-to-head (h2h)
- Since 2005, only teams at home have recorded official wins.
- 11 of the last 15 wins went to Athletic.
- Six of the last seven wins at this venue went to the hosts.
- Seven of the last nine encounters saw Bilbao scoring two or more goals at this stadium.
Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves Prediction
Bilbao was unbeaten in 19 of their last 24 games, and in their last nine home ties in a row. Even better, they remained so in 14 of their last 15 attempts at home. On the other hand, Alaves was winless in their last six fixtures, and in 13 of their last 16. On the road, they remained winless in 11 of their last 15 attempts.
H2h ties also put Bilbao as the favorites. They recorded 11 of the last 15 wins and six of the last seven at this venue. Also, for the last 14 years, no away team has recorded an official win. In addition, seven of the last nine meetings at this venue saw Athletic scoring two or more goals. As such, expect the hosts to record a win this Saturday.
Finally, Alaves knows what rides on the outcome of this tie. They will practically be out of the race for Europe should they fail to win. For the reason, expect them to give a tough fight, and since they found the back of the net in four of their last five away ties, and Bilbao conceded two or more goals in their last three home-ties, expect goals at either end of the pitch.
Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves Betting Tips
Athletic Bilbao to Win @ 1.50 (1/2)
Both Teams to Score @ 2.20 (6/5).