Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 23 September 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarin (Sevilla).
Bilbao managed to hold the red-hot Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw last weekend at their San Mames. They’ll travel to Sevilla for the Real Betis clash high on confidence aiming to stay undefeated after the fifth round tie.
Los Beticos got off to a nightmare start losing 0-3 at home to Levante on the opening day. However, they bounced back in some style later on, keeping four consecutive clean sheets across competitions.
Whilst Quique Setien’s men did well to defend their own goal, they did little to create at the other end, failing to score more than once in these four games along.
It means the mid-week Europa League goalless draw away at Olympiacos Piraeus was their third such result in last four matches. Will they continue the streak of draws here against Bilbao?
Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head
- Bilbao were in full control in the most recent H2H history against Los Beticos.
- The Lions won three on the bounce conceding just once in the process.
- They won five of last six encounters with Real Betis.
Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Setien made a number of changes to his squad for the Olympiacos tie in Europa League, meaning the key players should not feel fatigue here against the Basques. Sanabria, Boudebouz and Inui were all on the bench on Thursday and are expected to return to the starting XI here.
The Lions were generally tough to break down at the start of the season. They fdid ship two late second half goals to Huesca at San Mames in the second round, but the 1-1 draw to the UCL winners Real Madrid will clearly boost up their confidence ahead of this trip.
The hosts notched just one goal in five games in all competitions and we just have to go with the Under 2.5 goals FT as the main betting option here. As for the outcome, the draw looks to be the most likable of three and we’ll back it alternatively at the odds of 3.30.
Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.85 (17/20)
Draw @ 3.30 (23/10).