Athletic Bilbao vs Valladolid
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: San Mames Barria (Bilbao).
The managerial change brought the wanted effect at San Mames as Bilbao significantly improved their results under the new manager Gaizka Garitano. The Basques won two and drew one of three games under Garitano who is yet to see his new team conceding a goal.
Nevertheless, the new head coach still has a mountain to climb to bring the Lions far away from the red zone. The hosts are still inside the danger area in spite of the fact they took four points from last two league ties against Girona and Alaves. Saturday’s home match against Valladolid will be of a huge importance for the hosts. Can they dispatch the recently-promoted outfit and escape the drop zone?
Athletic Bilbao vs Valladolid: Head-to-head
It’s been four years since these two sides last locked horns in an official match.
Bilbao won four and drew two of last six official meetings with Pucela.
Valladolid came on top when teams met each other in a pre-season friendly last year.
It is interesting to mention that both teams were on the scoreline in each of last five head to head games.
Athletic Bilbao vs Valladolid: Prediction
Valladolid were expected to struggle before the season started, but head coach Sergio Gonzalez managed to find a winning formula as Pucela steadily moved up to mid of the table positions. They currently sit 12th in the league ladder being five points adrift of Bilbao in the red zone.
Pucela showed a fantastic fighting spirits to come back from a two-goal deficit last weekend against Atletico Madrid. Fernando Calero and Saul (own goals) brought Valladolid back on terms within just six minutes, but Griezmann still had the final word as Los Colchoneros left Jose Zorrilla with a 2-3 victory in their pockets.
However, we have to say Valladolid have by no means been a naïve opposition on travels this season. Pucela won four of past six away matches in all competitions. We expect a huge battle at the center of the park with very little to separate these two sides in such an important affair at San Mames.
Athletic Bilbao vs Valladolid: Bet Tips
Draw at the half time @ 2.10 (11/10)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.66 (4/6).