Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal
Date: Sunday, 1 March 2020
Kick-off at 13:00 UK / 14:00 CET
Venue: Estadio San Mamés (Bilbao).
Athletic Bilbao have been letting down their faithful in their recent clashes here. Nevertheless, with Villarreal winless in their past two outings, expect the hosts to salvage at least a point come Sunday.
Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Head to head (h2h)
- Their last clash ended as a stalemate.
- Three of their previous five meetings have featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts.
- Both teams have found the back of the net together in four of their past six encounters.
- Half of their last eight games have finished in a tie.
- Villarreal have registered the win just twice in their previous ten fixtures. (W-2, D-4, L-4)
Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Match Preview
Athletic Bilbao continued their dismal form in the top flight last week by picking up a fourth consecutive defeat. The hosts were outclassed by Deportivo Alaves in their most recent outing, with the latter posting a narrow 2-1 scorecard at the last blast of the whistle.
Miserably, the home team are also without a win in their past ten games on the trot. To be specific, Athletic Bilbao have not come out on top in the first division, since their 2-0 victory over Granada back in early December.
On the other hand, Villarreal were handed a 3-1 defeat in their last clash with Atletico Madrid on the road. Disappointingly, the visitors bottled a one-goal lead in that latter matchup and deservedly made the trip back home with just a consolation goal to their name.
At the moment, the guests are sitting seventh on the ladder, seven points ahead of their foes for the weekend. As such, a win for Villarreal this week could potentially propel them into the top six.
Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Prediction
Home advantage has not been working its charm for Athletic Bilbao in their recent fixtures here. In fact, the hosts are yet to taste success at home this year and have secured the bragging rights just once in their past five clashes as well.
Be that as it may, Villarreal have not been coping any better in their outings, as of late. They have dropped points in their last two outings, and have emerged victoriously just twice in their visits to this venue over the past decade.
Considering that the hosts have stumbled just thrice at home this season, Villarreal’s chances of coming away with all three points are certainly looking bleak.
However, Athletic Bilbao have shared the spoils in half of their past four games here. Given that the reverse fixture of this clash had also ended as a tie, a double chance is sizing up to be the safest punt.
Furthermore, the hosts are sporting the joint best defensive record on home soil. Admirably, they have conceded just seven goals so far and have kept a clean sheet six times in the process.
It is also worth mentioning that all but one of their past four h2h meetings here have featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the final scorecards. Hence, it is certainly well within reason to expect a low scoring affair to unfold this week.
Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Betting tips
Double chance: Athletic Bilbao or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.66 (2/3).