Celta Vigo vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: Monday, 7 January 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Abanca-Balaidos (Vigo).
Celta Vigo and Athletic Bilbao will drop the curtain on the first La Liga Matchday of the year on Monday evening when they take on each other at Balaidos. Both sides will hope to improve their underwhelming campaigns in 2019 as they both entered the year in the bottom half of the standings.
The visitors are in a tougher position being in the drop zone, five points shy of Monday’s rivals. Bilbao are the only team in the entire division without a single victory on the road. They drew five and lost three of eight away matches in the league so far netting just seven goals along the way.
The Lions, however, significantly improved their defensive performances in December. They conceded just one goal in past four matches in all competitions. They won and drew two apiece and will generally come into this fixture high on confidence.
Celta Vigo vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head
Bilbao were much more successful in the history of head to head matches against the Sky Blues.
They lea the H2H tie by ten wins coming into 43rd encounter with Celta Vigo.
Four of past five head to head outings saw goals scored at both ends.
Celta earned four points from two last term clashes with the Basques.
Celta Vigo vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
The hosts have also played hot and cold throughout the season. They clinched a 2-3 victory over Leganes on the road in early-December only to play a goalless draw at home to Leganes in the following fixture. The last match of the year saw the Sky Blues fall 2-0 to leaders Barcelona away at Camp Nou.
We expect a tough game between two evenly-matches sides. Both teams have generally improved their defensive displays of late and we see the Under 2.5 goals FT as the best of betting options here. As for the outcome, the draw is worth backing at 3.30.
Celta Vigo vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5)
Draw @ 3.40 (12/5).