Athletic Club Bilbao vs Deportivo Alaves
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 8th January, 2017
Kick-off: 11:00 UK
Venue: San Mames Barria, Bilbao.
Athletic Club will host the league newcomers Deportivo Alaves in their first play in Primera Division on Sunday at noon at their San Mames. Ernesto Valverde can be pretty happy with the first part of the season since Athletic are on the brink of the positions which lead to European competitions at the end of the season.
This is mainly thanks to the impressive home form as the Lions have won ten out of last 11 games at San Mames. Their best player Aritz Aduriz found the right shape after a somewhat slower start of the season taking the top position in the team’s goalscorers list with six goals so far in the LaLiga.
The Argentine manager Mauricio Pellegrino can also be thrilled with how the league’s newcomers coped with the higher division football. Deportivo Alaves looked very solid in the first part of the season as the fine form in the most recent matches keeps them far away from the red zone.
Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams will play their first head to head clash since the 2005/06 season when Alaves were the elite class members. The hosts are much more successful winning nine out of 12 matches with Alaves, but the visitors managed to stay unbeaten in last two games.
Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves: Prediction
The bookies are favoring the Lions at 4/7 to start the New Year victorious. Looking at their fine home form, we can’t resist taking the home win as the number one betting pick even though the visitors did not lose a single out of last seven fixtures in all competitions.
Anyhow, do not expect Alaves to park the bus here. They have scored in 8 of their 10 away games in all competitions this season. While Bilbao conceded at least once in 11 of their 13 home games this season. So both teams to score and over 2.5 goals are also recommended bets for this game.
Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves: Betting Tips
Bilbao to win at 4/7 (1.57)
Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goal at 2.87 (15/8).
Correct Score – Bilbao to win 2-1 at 9.00 (8/1).