Athletic Bilbao vs Osasuna
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Sunday, 16 February 2020
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Estadio San Mamés (Bilbao).
The current loss of form has derailed Bilbao’s playoff ambitions a bit. The team desperately needs to make a comeback to their unbeaten ways. It certainly helps that they are at home this Sunday, against a newly-promoted Osasuna, against whom they have an impressive h2h record. Count on Bilbao to make the most of this fixture.
Athletic Bilbao vs Osasuna Head-to-head (h2h)
- 16 of the last 21 wins had gone to Athletic Bilbao.
- Bilbao have found the back of the net in every single h2h encounter since 2010.
- Osasuna lost seven of their former eight visits to this stadium.
- The Basque outfit have conceded a total of two goals from the previous nine meetings at this stadium.
Athletic Bilbao vs Osasuna Match Preview
Athletic Bilbao were defeated on the road the last match-day by Real Sociedad. The scoreline was 2-1, and it was the eighth winless league match on the trot for the former.
As a result, they are now placed outside of the playoff zone, and from the remaining fifteen match-days, the team needs to make up a surplus of six points to get back into the mix.
However, it needs to be noted that the number of losses during the stretch has been surprisingly low. The team just needs to convert more of their draws into wins, and they can once again be a European contender.
In the meantime, Osasuna lost at home 1-4 against Real Madrid. It was their third straight loss in all competitions, and they conceded a total of ten goals from these three match-ups, throwing serious questions about the competency of their defense.
Life in the top flight has been tough for the newly-promoted team, and they are trying their best to avoid a quick return to the Segunda. As far as they are concerned, a renewed stay in the La Liga could be counted as a successful campaign.
In that regards, Osasuna are in no immediate danger.
Athletic Bilbao vs Osasuna Prediction
Bilbao have been a top-performer in the La Liga for quite a few seasons. This season, they had begun on the brightest of notes, as they recorded a win against the two-time defending champions Barcelona, and the last week, they once again defeated the Catalans, thus putting an end to their consecutive runs to the finals of the Copa.
On the other hand, Osasuna were not even present in the top flight the last season. On top of that, they are on the road, and this whole season they have recorded a total of two league wins away from home. And sure enough, the victories had come against the 19th placed, and 20th placed teams in the competition.
Meanwhile, Bilbao were unbeaten in 17 of their prior 20 overall fixtures, and were so in 15 of their former 17 appearances in front of the home crowd. Impressively, they had also recorded wins in 11 of their last 16 home fixtures.
Moreover, the Basque outfit are on a two-game winning run against this opponent, and they had registered 16 of the last 21 h2h wins. In addition, at this venue, Osasuna had lost seven of their prior eight h2h meetings, and they could score a total of just two goals from their last nine visits here.
Considering all these findings, it’s obvious that Bilbao will try their best to get back to their winning ways. Especially at home, where they are have been overwhelmingly dominant, the guests do not hold much chance. And as such, it seems logical to back Athletic Bilbao for the win.
Athletic Bilbao vs Osasuna Betting Tips
Draw No Bet: Athletic Bilbao @ 1.40 (2/5)
Athletic Bilbao to Score in the First Half @ 2.00 (1/1).