Athletic Bilbao vs Leganes
2018/19 Spanish La Liga
Date: Monday, 20th August 2018
Kick-off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio San Mames (Bilbao).
Bilbao try to put behind a disappointing season when the ball rolls for the first time at the San Mames for a La Liga clash this Monday.
The Los Leones started last season with losing head-coach Ernesto Valverde to Barcelona, a man that guided the team to top 7 finished in his four seasons in charge. The incoming José Ángel Ziganda failed to inspire the team and managed to save relegation by a narrow margin. It would have been a big shame to the club that never got relegated from the Spanish top tier.
The new season brings fresh hopes to the San Mames with a new man in charge, Eduardo Berizzo, the Argentine tactician who spend four seasons with Celta Vigo and then an unsuccessful half-season with Sevilla last year.
Leganes since making their debut in LaLiga two years ago finished just above the bottom three for a second season on the trot. They might need a bigger effort this time with most of the other team’s strengthening in the summer transfer window.
Just like their Monday’s host, Leganes also start the new season with a new head-coach on the dugout. It is none other than Mauricio Pellegrino, who guided Alaves to the Copa del Rey final in 2016/17 season. He was at Southampton last season, a spell that almost got the Premier League team relegated to the Championship.
Athletic Bilbao vs Leganes Head-to-head
- The teams share a win each and 2 draws from their four overall LaLiga meetings.
- All four matches saw under 2.5 goals.
- Last season’s corresponding fixture resulted in a 2-0 Bilbao win.
Athletic Bilbao vs Leganes Prediction
The San Mames has been the fortress of Bilbao for years, an exception in last season when they drew far too many games here.
Leganes easily go down as one of the worst away side in LaLiga over the past two seasons with a whopping 26 loses from 38 games.
Therefore, it is hard to see Leganes getting a result at San Mames, despite Pellegrino’s reputation of building teams on the back of sterile defensive units.
Athletic Bilbao vs Leganes Betting Tips
Bilbao to win @ 4/5 (1.80)
Over 0.5 goals in the first half @ 1/2 (1.50).