Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Friday, 13 September 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de Son Moix (Palma de Mallorca).
Bilbao may not be the best of squads in the competition, but they are definitely amongst one of the toughest in La Liga, and they have earned this reputation by sweating it out on the pitch.
The squad began their campaign with a bang, by delivering a surprise loss to reigning two-time champions Barcelona. They followed it up with a draw against Getafe, and another hard-fought win against Sociedad.
As such, Athletic is unbeaten at the moment, and with Levante, the 4th placed squad in the table, taking on the 5th placed Real Madrid, it’s an opportunity to settle in the top-tier with deeper roots.
Making their job further easier, the group of players has been allotted an easier opponent. The newly-promoted Mallorca is supposed to play hosts for the so-far invincible Basque outfit, and on preliminary scanning, the upper hand easily goes to the guests for the day.
Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao Head-to-head (h2h)
- Bilbao won the last five matches in a row.
- Mallorca has been able to record a single goal from these previous five fixtures.
- At this venue, the former two clashes ended in wins for the visitors, and with associated clean sheets as well.
- The home team last recorded a win at this stadium in 2011.
Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
The new entrants into the La Liga have lost their last three matches in a row and were winless in five of their former six fixtures as well. On the other hand, their opposite number won four of their previous five overall match-ups and was unbeaten in 12 of their prior 13 attempts.
In addition, the team also went invincible in nine of their last ten road trips and scored twice or more in seven of their most-recent away ties.
Moreover, the comparative inexperience of the hosts in the top division will likely cost them, and especially against a tough competitor like Bilbao. Importantly, the past superiority in h2h encounters too firmly place the Basques as the favorites.
Consequentially, rely on the vanquishers of Barca to script yet another win this weekend. Going on, with their incredible defensive performances so far (the squad has conceded just once this league campaign), coupled with Mallorca’s inability to consistently score in recent overall ties as well as h2h battles, the chances for the hosts to find the back of the net in the first 45 minutes is extremely low.
Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips
Draw No Bet: Athletic Bilbao @ 1.60 (3/5)
Mallorca to NOT Score in the First Half @ 1.40 (2/5).