Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Match Preview

Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020
Kick-off at 12:00 UK / 13:00 CET
Venue: RCDE Stadium (Barcelona).

Home advantage has not been working its charm for Espanyol, who are yet to come out on top here this term. Nevertheless, with Athletic Bilbao faring poorly on the road, the hosts are likely to eye all three points for the taking come Saturday.

Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao Head to head (h2h)

  • Their last clash here saw Espanyol post a 1-0 victory.
  • Four of their previous five fixtures have featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts.
  • Both teams have found the back of the net together in two of their past five meetings.
  • Only one of their last ten clashes have ended as a stalemate.
  • Athletic Bilbao have registered the win thrice in their previous ten encounters. (W-3, D-3, L-4)

Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction

Espanyol picked up what was only their third win in the La Liga so far by taking down Villarreal on the road last week. Despite being reduced to ten men post the restart in that latter matchup, the hosts huffed and puffed to post a 2-1 scorecard at the last blast of the whistle.

At the moment, the home team are still stuck to the bottom of the ladder with no more than fourteen points in the bag.

On the other hand, Athletic Bilbao are currently dwelling in the top half of the ladder. However, the guests have not had a taste of success in any of their last five La Liga fixtures, the most recent of which, saw them held to a 1-1 draw at home by Celta Vigo.

Furthermore, the visitors have just one measly win to boast of from their outings so far. Taking into account that the guests have not secured the bragging rights in any of their past five trips here either, Athletic Bilbao’s chances of coming away with the win are certainly looking bleak.

Having said that, it is also worth mentioning Espanyol have been branded as the worst home team in the cluster. Given that they have salvaged just a point in three of their last four games here, a double chance is sizing up to be the safest punt this week.

In addition, Espanyol have conceded more goals at home than any other side on the table. They have not shown any conviction in retaliating either and have scored just nine goals so far.

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao have not been keen on racking up the goal scoring charts on the road. As of now, they have found the back of the net just seven times in their outings.

Taking into account that all of their past three h2h meetings here have also featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts, expect no more than a goal or two at the most in this one as well.

Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao Betting tips

  • Double chance: Espanyol or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5)
  • Under 2.5 goals @ 1.50 (1/2).


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