Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: Monday, 5 November 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: RCDE Stadium (Cornella de Llobregat).
Espanyol host Athletic Bilbao in the last game of the Matchday No 11 on Monday evening at RCDE Stadium. The hosts are one of the most pleasant surprises of the season so far. They sit at the sky-high 5th place after 10 matches and will enter this high on confidence after two wins and a draw in last three outings in the league.
The Budgerigars got unlucky last weekend when they shipped the late stoppage-time equalizer against in-form Valladolid side at Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla. The draw ended their two-win streak. The thread of five straight games without a defeat was brought to an end by Cadiz, though. Even though Rubi sent out a pretty strong line-up on the pitch for the first leg of the Copa del Rey tie against the second-division opposition, Espanyol fell 2-1 on Thursday evening. Do they have strength to bounce back four days later and keep the La Liga dream going?
Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head
Espanyol were the more successful of two sides in the history of head to head matches.
The Budgerigars won 21, drew 17 and lost 14 of 52 meetings with Bilbao.
Espanyol conceded just one goal in two last term meetings with the Basques, winning four points in the process.
None of last four head to head games saw three or more goals scored.
Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Bilbao had a disappointing campaign in the previous term of the competition, but they are not doing much better at the start of the new season either. The Lions are winless in nine consecutive league outings.
They drew as many as seven and lost two along the way. The lack of the efficiency in the final third was the main reason for such thread, 1-1 being by far their most frequent scoreline this season.
Knowing about Espanyol’s fine form at the start of the new season, we fancy the 1.95 odds offered for the home win here. The Budgerigars won four of four games in front of the home crowd so far in the campaign, allowing just one goal in the process.
Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
Espanyol to win @ 1.95 (19/20)
Espanyol to keep a clean sheet @ 2.25 (5/4).