Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal
Spanish La Liga
Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: San Mames Barria (Bilbao).
Athletic Bilbao could not hold on to a two-goal cushion on Sunday evening when they only drew 2-2 away at Real Betis. It was the third consecutive league draw for the Basques who are yet to suffer a defeat after four games in La Liga. Can they maintain the unbeaten run on Wednesday when Villarreal come to visit San Mames?
There is a high chance of such scenario happening given the visitors’ form at the start of the new season. The Yellow Submarine won just one of five outings so far scoring just two goals in the process. They continued to struggle for goals at the weekend when they only played a goalless draw at home to Valencia who had their captain Dani Parejo sent off just before the hour-mark at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal: Head-to-head
Villarreal lead the head to head tie by four wins ahead of their 39th encounter with the Lions.
It’s Bilbao who took four points from two clashes in the previous term of Primera Division.
Both teams scored in each of last three head to head affairs.
Bilbao won 8 and last of 19 home games against Villarreal.
Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal: Prediction
Eduardo Berizzo will have certain issues with his attacking line-up here, His main striker Aritz Aduriz is still not available to make his second appearance of the season, while the Argentine manager will also be without Markel Susaeta who was sent off just before the break at Estadio Benito Villamarin.
On the bright side, Inaki Williams, Raul Garcia and Iker Muniain have all done well so far in the season and they are expected to lead the line here against the Yellow Submarine.
The visitors have a deadly attacking line-up on paper, but they are yet to start delivering up front. Carlos Bacca and Gerard Moreno scored team’s lone two goals of the campaign. Javi Calleja’s men did not concede loads at the other end, though, allowing just three goals in five rounds so far.
Based on how Villarreal have been playing at the start of the season, we’ll go with the Under 2.5 goals FT as the main betting option at the 1.72 odds here. The value is obviously with the draw at 3.40 knowing that the hosts drew three on the spin in La Liga.
Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72 (8/11)
Draw @ 3.40 (12/5).