Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao
Spain – La Liga
Date: Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Kick-off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica.
The Yellow Submarines have been one of the best teams in the competition this season. They are placed fourth in the table, and have lost just once all through this campaign. Note that this solitary loss had come against Barcelona, and that too back in September.
In addition, they are trailing by a single point behind the third placed Real Sociedad – who also have played an extra game. Moreover, this Tuesday, Sociedad are pitted against toppers Atletico Madrid.
As such, Unai Emery’s men have an opportunity to climb into one of the podium spots with a win this Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Basque club have been on a dismal run for the past several weeks, and especially on the road they have been a total disaster.
By all means, count on the in-form Villarreal to be the better team on the pitch this Tuesday.
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Yellow Submarines had recorded 15 of the previous 23 overall wins.
- They had kept clean sheets in two of the former four fixtures.
- Since 2004, the guests have won just twice at this stadium.
- The latest encounter at this venue had ended in a 0-0 draw.
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Unai Emery’s men won 1-3 on the road the last match-day, against Osasuna. In the meantime, Gaizka Garitano’s men won 2-0 at home the past game week, against Huesca.
However, the Basque club were winless in 18 of their preceding 25 overall fixtures, and they had conceded two or more goals in three of their last four fixtures. On the road, they have won just once in the past six months, and the victory had come against Eibar.
On the other hand, their counterparts are on a 19-game unbeaten run, and they had scored a total of 13 goals from their past four matches.
They had also conceded a total of one goal from the preceding four match-ups, and at home they had won eight of the former ten appearances. Do also note that they had scored two or more goals in 12 of the past 16 home fixtures.
And most importantly, they had recorded 15 of the last 23 overall h2h wins, and they have a phenomenal h2h record at this venue in the past two decades.
Taking these stats into account, expect a total performance from Villarreal this Tuesday, and expect them to dominate proceedings right from the get-go.
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao: Betting Tips
Villarreal to Win Either Half @ 1.50 (1/2)
Over 0.5 First Half Goals @ 1.44 (4/9).