Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 14 April 2019
Kick-Off 13:00 UK / 14:00 CET
Venue: San Mames Barria (Bilbao).
Rayo Vallecano caught a glimmer of hope thanks to a huge 2-0 victory over Valencia eight days ago. They still sit second from bottom, but now only three points shy of the safe zone and position currently held by Real Valladolid.
Can they build on the mentioned win and produce a shock on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Basque Country to take on Europa League hopefuls Athletic Bilbao at San Mames Barria?
The hosts halted their push for the Europa League with a 1-0 defeat to fourth-placed Getafe last time out at Coliseum Alfonso Perez. The loss ended Bilbao’s fine three-win thread and kept them three points away from sixth-placed Valencia.
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano: Head-to-head
The Lions were much more successful in the history of head to head matches against Rayo Vallecano.
The hosts lead the head to head tie by eight wins coming into 28th encounter with Los Franjirojos.
Bilbao won 7, drew 4 and lost just 2 of 13 home clashes with Rayo Vallecano.
The Lions won three and drew one of last four ties against Los Franjirojos.
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano: Prediction
Bilbao were very hard to break down in their own backyard throughout the entire season. They have a fine home record of 7 wins, 7 draws and just 2 losses in 16 league games at San Mames Barria. On the other side, Rayo struggled badly to produce up front on travels where they notched just 11 goals in 15 games (record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 11 defeats along the way).
Los Franjirojos lost five on the spin on the road in Primera Division, but it is interesting to mention they scored one goal in each of these defeats. Bilbao are unbeaten in last 11 home outings and we simply have to see them as clear favourites to snatch the spoils here.
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano: Bet Tips
Athletic Bilbao to win @ 1.66 (4/6)
Athletic Bilbao to keep a clean sheet @ 2.37 (11/8).