Athletic vs Villarreal: prediction for the La Liga fixture
Athletic managed to retain the key players in the squad, Marcelino's team also signed some youngsters from the own academy. In eight rounds of the current season Bilbao recorded three victories and four draws, which brought 13 points and a 9th spot in the standings.
After a draw against Valencia (1:1) Basques recorded a narrow victory over Alaves (1:0) at home. Team has the second-best defensive record in the league.
Berchiche, Villalibre and Nolaskoain are on team's injuried list.
Villarreal got off to a slow start in the Champions League, but in the most recent round recorded an away victory over Young Boys (4:1), now team has four points and a third spot, behind Atalanta and Manchester United.
After eight rounds of La Liga The Yellow Submarine is at the 12th spot. Unai Emery's men have two victories and five draws in the asset, which brought 11 points, team is two points adrift from Top-10. After a successful match against Betis (2:0) visitors suffered a defeat to Osasuna (1:2).
Dia won't play in the game due to a knee injury.
This bet played in 2 out of 3 most recent head-to-head matches
This bet played in 2 out of 4 most recent away matches of Villarreal
In 3 out of 5 most recent head-to-head matches goals were scored only during one of the halves
On Wednesday, Villarreal recorded an important victory in the Champions League, but they wasted much energy. We think that Basques will get advantage out of fans' support, plus team had a week to rest and to prepare for the game. Today we will place a bet on the Lions, they should be able to pick up three points due to their better physical form and their motivation.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (0) on Athletic
Prediction: Handicap (0) on Athletic
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We are expecting a tight clash, in games like this any mistake can prove to be fatal. In each of five most recent head-to-head matches opponents failed to score more than two goals and we are expecting the same result today.
Our second bet is on total under 2 goals