Malaga vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga 2016/17
Date: Sunday, 2nd October 2016
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK
Venue: La Rosaleda.
Malaga have a hard task at hand when they welcome inform Athletic Club on Sunday at Estadio La Rosaleda.
Malaga’s form this season have been nothing to write home about, with just a win and 2 draw in their last 6 La Liga games. They are currently above the drop zone, but they are in same point as Espanyol in the 18th position.
Malaga’s poor fortune continued last week as they lost 0-1 to Real Betis last weekend on the road. Joaquin’s 25th minute goal turned out to be the only goal of the game as none of the teams managed to score again. Malaga now needs nothing but a win to keep them floating above the drop zone.
Athletic Club have been on the winning track since their 3-0 defeat to Sassuolo at Italy. They have retraced their steps and joined the winning train, as they have been on a 4 game winning streak.
Bilbao defeated Rapid Wien by a lone goal on in Thursday’s UEL to keep on with their winning form. Benat’s 59th minute goal turned out to be the only goal of the game as the game ended 1-0. They will prepare themselves for another win as they fancy a chance of going into the top 4 position this weekend.
Malaga: Team News
Malaga has 3 players on their injury list, Recio, Juan Carlos And Wellington are all out injured.
Athletic Bilbao: Team News
Boveda and Ager Aketxe are the only injured players in Bilbao’s camp, the rest of the players are fully fit and available for selection.
Malaga vs Athletic Bilbao: Head to Head Statistics
There are no big difference between the two teams in their previous encounters 32 encounters. Malaga have won 10 games against Bilbao, drawn 11 games and lost 11 games to Bilbao. At home, Malaga have won 8 games against Bilbao, they have drawn 4 and lost 4 to Bilbao.
Malaga vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Bilbao look like a better side at the moment after accumulating four wins in a row. And both their defeats have come at the start of the season, one against Barcelona. At the same time, they haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of the Spanish League matches this season. The European fixture on mid-week could affect their fatigue, but they are facing a Malaga side who have struggled on all fronts.
With one win from their six matches so far, Malaga have failed to score in 3 of their last 4 matches. The form guide and recent head-to-head stats favour the visitors. It is very likely that come out with at least a point here. Also, as seen in the previous six meetings between these two sides, the total number for goals are expected to stay under the 2.5 mark.
Malaga vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Draw/Bilbao at 1.57 (4/7)
Under 2.5 goals at 1.53 (8/15).