Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla;
Spanish La Lig, Matchday 38
Date: Saturday, 14-May-2016.
Kick-off: 18:30 GMT,
Venue: San Mamés, Bilbao.
Athletic Bilbao host Sevilla in a low key encounter on Saturday in their fixture in Spanish La Liga 2015/16.
Athletic Bilbao are 6th in the league standings with 59 points and their 7-points gap with 7th placed Sevilla means that they are guaranteed a spot in next season’s Europa League. While Sevilla are out of the race and there only chance to qualify for the competition is by winning the finals against Liverpool on 18th May.
Bilbao were held to a goal less draw by Las Palamas in their last match, but they are unbeaten in the last three matches. The Los Leones have lost just once in their last 7 matches, with 3 wins and 3 draws. Their home form is even better after winning in 4 of the last 6.
Sevilla are on a terrible run since March and it continued last week when they were thrashed 4-1 at home by a relegation threatened Granada. The Los Rojiblancos have now lost 3 of their last 4 games and are left with just one win from their last 8 league matches. Sevilla haven’t won an away match in Spanish league as yet.
Athletic Bilbao: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Iraizoz – Boveda, Etxeita, Gurpegi, Balenziaga – Jose, Benat – Williams, Garcia, Muniain – Aduriz.
Sevilla: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Rico – Figueiras, Pareja, Fazio, Garcia – Carrico, Cristoforo – Konoplyanka, Iborra, Curro – Llorente.
Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla: Head-to-Head
The teams were drawn together in the Europa League quarter final fixture this season, the away side winning at full time on both occasions.
The head-to-head record in the last 6 matches between the sides reads 4 wins for Sevilla, and 2 wins for Bilbao.
Athletic Bilbao have won in 5 of the last 6 home games against Sevilla, the latest defeat coming in their last meeting.
Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla: Prediction
Bilbao are a team on form here and combined with Sevilla’s poor form, the outcome is an easy one to predict. Sevilla had lost all of their last 4 matches and the last three came by a 1 goal margin and a similar result is expected here.
My Prediction is a 2-1 win for the home side, Athletic Bilbao and I expect them to lead 1-0 at half time.
Recommended Bet: Bilbao to win.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals.