Athletic Bilbao vs Racing Santander
Spain – Copa del Rey 2016/17
Date: Thursday, 22nd December 2016,
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK
Venue: Estadio San Mames (Bilbao).
Athletic Bilbao have a slender lead to defend in the second clash against old La Liga foes Racing Santander. The first leg clash on 1st December at the Estadio El Sardinero ended in 2-1 with all three goals coming inside the first half an hour of the match. The nature of the lead is very delicate and we could see away goal rule coming into play if Santander manage to pull out a narrow win here.
Bilbao are in a decent run in all competitions they had entered this season. They are currently 7th in the LaLiga table and qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League. A majority of their success this season is built on the back of strong home results. The narrow 0-1 defeat against Barcelona in September is their only home loss this season. Since then, they are unbeaten in 10 matches at the San Mames, 9 of which are wins.
Racing Santander are currently playing in the Segunda Division, the third tier of Spanish Football League system. They are doing well in their division and are second in the league table. However, there are miles apart in quality as compared to their Thursday’s host.
Athletic Bilbao vs Racing Santander: Head-to-Head Stats
Bilbao are unbeaten in the last 11 matches against Racing Santander, with 7 wins and 4 draws. At home they can boast of a 9 match unbeaten record with 4 wins and 5 draws.
Santander last visited San Mames for a Copa Del Rey fixture in 2007/08 season. The match ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw and Bilbao were eliminated after falling behind 3-5 in aggregate. The first leg was a 2-0 win for Santander, which is their last win over Bilbao in all competitions.
Athletic Bilbao vs Racing Santander: Prediction
Bilbao can be backed confidently for a win purely based on their strong home record this season. However, the odds of 1.17 are too little to make anything out of. So we look into the goal markets.
Despite having a good record at home, Bilbao had kept only 2 clean sheets from 11 matches this season. While Santander have scored in every away game, but once. Also, the last four matches between the two at the San Mames have seen both teams scoring. So the main pick for this match is both teams to score.
Athletic Bilbao vs Racing Santander: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score at 11/10 (2.10).