Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 3 March 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia).
Mid-table rivals Valencia and Athletic Bilbao are set to lock horns in the last fixtzre of the day on Sunday evening at Estadio de Mestalla. It will be a very important affair which could well determine both teams’ destiny in regards to their ambitions of catching one of spots that leads to European competitions next season.
Both teams grew in form in recent weeks. Valencia had a slow start to the season, but made run of nine subsequent outings without a defeat. The highly-improved defensive line was the main catalyst for such rise in form.
The Bats only conceded one goal in last five matches in all competitions. It came seven days ago when they drew 1-1 away at Leganes. Marcelino’s men also reached the last 16 round of European League knocking Scottish champions Celtic down 3-0 on aggregate.
Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head
Valencia are heavy favourites to claim spoils here if we are to judge by the head to head record in games against the Lions.
The Bats won 17, drew 7 and lost only 2 of last 26 home outings with Athletic Bilbao.
Valencia are unbeaten in last four clashes with the Basques (two wins and draws apiece).
Teams shared spoils in a goalless draw when they played each other in this term of La Liga in late-October at San Mames.
Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
The visitors were also super meticulous at the back of late. They head into this off the back of three straight clean sheets kept in matches against Barcelona, Huesca and Eibar. They held mighty Barcelona to a goalless draw at San Mames before clinching narrow 1-0 wins over in-form Huesca and Eibar sides.
Given both teams have been extremely tough to break down recently, we have to go with the Under 2.5 goals FT as the main betting option at the odds of 1.57. Braver punters can back a goalless draw in the first half at 2.50 odds.
Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.57 (4/7)
Under 0.5 goals in the first half @ 2.50 (6/4).