Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 20 January 2019
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal).
Athletic Bilbao travel to Estadio de la Ceramica to take on Villarreal after playing three consecutive matches against Sevilla.
The Lions came on top on two occasions in the process, but they still suffered elimination from Copa del Rey 2-3 on aggregate “thanks to” a 1-3 defeat in the first leg on the home patch.
Nonetheless, such results against one of top-four sides are definitely encouraging for a team which sits down at 15th place after a generally underwhelming La Liga campaign this season.
The head coach Gaizka Garitano took advantage of the opportunity to rest his main players on Wednesday evening against Sevilla at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Inaki Williams did not play a single minute in mid-week and he is certainly going to make the starting line-up here after inspiring a 2-0 victory over Los Rojiblancos with a brace at San Mames last weekend.
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head
Villarreal lead the head to head tie by five wins coming into the landmark 40th encounter with the Basques.
The Yellow Submarine won 11, drew 4 and lost 4 of 19 home ties against the Lions.
Villarreal took a demolishing 0-3 victory when they played Villarreal in this term of Primera Division away at San Mames.
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
This match is of a huge importance for the hosts who sit in the red zone and are four points shy of safety at the moment. Bilbao are just five points away from Villarreal meaning we can call this a relegation six-pointer as odd as it may sound.
Nevertheless, it’s hard to see the hosts snatching the spoils her with their current form. They were super easy to break down in recent weeks conceding at least two goals in four of past five matches. They have a dreadful record at Estadio de la Ceramica (1 win, 4 draws and 5 defeats in ten games) this season.
Given Bilbao won three of past four matches in all competitions, the value is strong with the visitors not to lose at the odds of 1.66. You can alternatively back in-form Inaki William to score anytime for Bilbao at the odds of 2.87.
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
Athletic Bilbao or Draw @ 1.66 (4/6)
Inaki Williams to score anytime @ 2.87 (15/8).