Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol
Spanish La Liga
Date: Friday, 8 March 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK
Venue: San Mames Barria (Bilbao).
Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol are going to face each other in the Spanish Primera Liga 27th round opener on Friday evening.
After a poor start of the campaign, the hosts managed to improve their form and get away from the danger zone.
Until the latest round, Athletic Bilbao snatched seven points from three matches and they are now only four points behind the 6th placed Sevilla.
Although home side has been pretty tight in the back, Gaizka Garitano’s side needs to improve their finishing as they’ve produced only 25 goals. They’ve lost only two times at home pitch, but the hosts spilled too many points in draw matches.
Espanyol also managed to improve their game and they haven’t tasted a defeat five times in a row. This excellent run launched them towards the middle of the table and the visitors have the same number of points as their opponents.
Wu Lei made an immediate impact after being signed in the winter transfer window as he managed to score the first goal for his new team.
However, the visitors should tighten up their defence as they’ve allowed 39 goals so far in the season.
Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol: Head-to-head
When these two sides are facing each other, the crowd is not able to enjoy too many goals. In the last five encounters, we haven’t seen more than two goals per match, while Espanyol managed to celebrate two narrow 1-0 victories in a row.
Bilbao are pretty confident at home ground when they are facing Espanyol as they managed to book three wins in the last five occasions.
Their clashes at San Mames Barria are pretty efficient with both sides able to find the back of the net, however that wasn’t the case in their previous two clashes.
Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol: Prediction
Both teams are putting very good displays lately and they have equal chances of snatching a positive result from this one. Therefore, it wouldn’t be surprising if we see another tight clash in which both sides should split the points.
Athletic Bilbao have been involved in a lot of low-scoring matches this season and this one shouldn’t be much different. Since the hosts are going to dictate the tempo, this clash should remain under 2.5 margin.
Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.25
Under 2.5 FT @ 1.60.