Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Friday, 3 January 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Bilbao may be placed seventh in the table at the moment, but they surely have had problems on the road all through this campaign.
Sevilla will be eager to exploit this to the core, and get back to winning ways in front of the home crowd. They had lost against Villarreal the last time they contested at this venue.
Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Sevilla won 2-0.
- Six of the former seven matches failed to have goals from both teams.
- 14 of the previous 18 overall wins had gone to the teams that had home advantage.
- 15 of the last 18 wins at this venue went to the hosts.
Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao Match Preview
La Liga has been uncharacteristically competitive this season. Even at this halfway mark of the campaign, no team has yet touched the 40-point mark, and this raises potential for a winner other than from the group of usual suspects.
Sevilla have long been overshadowed by the likes of Barca, and the Madrid teams, and this time around, they will be eager to make a shot at the league title.
On that account, we can surely expect a fierce fight from Sevilla for the rest of the season.
Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
Sevilla were on the road the last match-day, and had won against the newly promoted Mallorca. Meanwhile, Athletic too had a great experience, and that too on the road the prior game week. They had taken a trip to the Santiago Bernabeu, and held the mighty Real Madrid to a draw.
However, as things stand, Bilbao are on the back foot right away. Not only are they on the road, but they have failed to make any kind of an impact in away games this campaign. In fact, the team has had a total of just two wins away from home this season.
One of those wins had come against Osasuna, a recently-promoted squad, and another one was in the Cop del Rey, against another lower tier team.
In addition, Bilbao were also winless in 17 of their last 20 road fixtures, and they are so in their last three overall straight league match-ups.
On the other hand, Sevilla won seven of their previous ten games, and were also unbeaten in 13 of their last 15 matches. At home, they have lost just twice in their prior fifteen appearances.
Moreover, Sevilla had won the most recent h2h encounter, and they also had recorded 15 of the last 18 h2h wins at this venue. In addition, 14 of the preceding 18 overall h2h wins had gone to the teams that hosted the fixture.
Taking these observations into account, expect a victory for the third-placed Sevilla, against a Bilbao side that have heavily suffered on the road.
Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips
To Win: Sevilla @ 1.60 (3/5)
Sevilla to Win Either Half @ 1.40 (2/5).