Athletic Bilbao vs Real Betis
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 27 January 2019
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: San Mames Barria (Bilbao).
Real Betis managed to find the late leveller to hold Espanyol to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Thursday evening. Antonio Sanabria was the man who notched the equalizer nine minutes from time at RCDE Stadium.
It will be interesting to see if Quique Setien will make some changes to his starting line-up on Sunday when Los Beticos travel to the Basque County to take on Athletic Bilbao at San Mames right in between two cup legs with the Budgerigars.
Los Beticos will head into this in high spirits following last weekend’s 3-2 home win over Girona. They secured a second-half comeback via Loren Moron and Canales. The latter bagged the match-winner as late as in the fourth minute of the added time on the occasion. Will fatigue play role when Betis take on Bilbao here?
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Betis: Head-to-head
Athletic lead the head to head tie only by two wins coming into 47th encounter with Los Beticos.
The Basques won three and drew one of past four meetings with Real Betis, netting two or more goals every single time along the way.
The Lions really dominated this match-up in recent years as they won all of past five home outings against Betis.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Betis: Prediction
The hosts had a dreadful campaign so far in the season, but Gaizka Garitano looks to have found the winning formula over the past couple of weeks. Bilbao escaped the red zone thanks to a run of three wins and three draws in past six league affairs. They won two and drew one of last three matches even though the opposition included the likes of Celta Vigo, Sevilla and Villarreal in the process.
Knowing about Bilbao’s dominance in most recent H2H games at San Mames as well as Betis’ congested schedule (Copa del Rey tie against Espanyol), we have to go for the home win as the main betting option at the odds of 2.05.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Betis: Bet Tips
Athletic Bilbao to win @ 2.05 (21/20)
HT/FT Athletic Bilbao/Athletic Bilbao @ 3.50 (5/2).