Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano
Spain – La Liga
Date: Saturday, 17 September 2022
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio San Mamés.
Athletic Bilbao finished eighth the last season in the Spanish top flight, and thus bid goodbye to their European dreams by the tiniest of margins. As such, they started strong this time around, and will be going for the three points at their home this weekend, against Rayo Vallecano.
Rayo finished 12th the last time around in the La Liga, and they were able to deliver just 11 wins in the process. They also had a negative goal difference at the end of the campaign, and struggled on the road all through this stretch too.
And as of now, they are placed ninth in the table, and disregarding just two wins, they have a 100% winless record as well.
Meanwhile, Bilbao are in possession of the sixth spot in the table, and they lost just once so far in the competition.
Going on, only Barcelona and Villarreal let in fewer goals than them in the league, and they have a 100% unbeaten record barring a single defeat.
Going on, they dominated h2h clashes in the past – and particularly so at this venue.
Judging all these observations, expect a winning performance from Athletic Bilbao this Saturday at their home.
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano Head-to-head (h2h)
- The latest encounter ended in a 0-1 win for Bilbao.
- They recorded seven of the past nine overall wins.
- At this venue, the hosts won four of the past clashes.
- Four of the former five meetings at this stadium had three or more goals.
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano Prediction & Analysis
Bilbao won 1-4 on the road the last match-day against Elche, and won three of their past four games too. They scored four or more goals in two of their past three fixtures, and they were unbeaten in nine of their preceding eleven games.
Do note that they went on two separate two-match winning streaks in the process too.
Going on, they lost just twice in front of their home crowd in the whole of 2022.
On the other hand, Rayo were winless in five of their past seven overall games, and they lost two of their past three fixtures as well. Moreover, they let in two or more goals in two of their past three games.
In addition, they were winless in 13 of their past 18 road trips.
Taking into account all these observations, expect a win for Bilbao this Saturday.
Tips for Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano
Athletic Bilbao to Win @ 1.60
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Athletic Bilbao @ 1.75.