Elche vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Match Preview

Elche vs Athletic Bilbao LaLiga Prediction and Match Preview by LeagueLane

Elche vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: 11 September 2022, Sunday
Kick-off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero (Elche).

Athletic Bilbao ruined the positive start to the new season with a surprising home loss to Espanyol last Sunday.

The Basques will be hoping to get their campaign back on track seven days later when they travel to Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero to take on Elche in Gameweek 5.

Elche are struggling badly at the start of the new season. They only have one point from four games so far.

The team led by Francisco have managed to also get only a single goal in four games. It came in the 1-1 home draw to newly-promoted Almeria in the second round.

The latest of Elche’s failures came seven days ago when they allowed four unanswered goals in a tough defeat away at Villarreal.

Francisco’s troops clearly have problems with the lack of attacking creativity at the beginning of the season.

This is not the right time for them to face Athletic Bilbao who have only shipped one goal so far in the season.

If we count the preseason friendlies, Ernesto Valverde’s squad conceded just two goals in the previous seven outings.

The Basques will thus have an ideal opportunity to return to the old habits and to keep the fourth clean sheet of the campaign here.

Elche vs Athletic Bilbao Head-to-head

  • The teams have a win, a draw, and a loss each in the previous three head to head encounters.
  • Overall, Athletic Bilbao lead the head to head tie by two wins coming into the landmark 10th encounter with Elche.
  • Four of the previous five head to head games between these two teams ended with fewer than three goals scored.

Elche vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction

Elche scored just one goal in the inaugural four games, while Athletic Bilbao conceded one goal so far in the season. The value thus has to be with the visitors to keep a clean sheet at the odds of 2.25.

Since we’ve seen much better displays from Bilbao so far in the season, the away win has to be the way to go at the 1.85 odds.

Elche vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips

  • Athletic Bilbao to win @ 1.85 (17/20)
  • Athletic Bilbao to keep a clean sheet @ 2.25 (5/4) odd.