Head to head
Athletic Bilbao play host to Villarreal in a Spanish La Liga match on Sunday. Read our football predictions to find out why an away win is the betting tip at San Mames. The home side are in poor form and have dropped to fifteenth in the table, so will be looking over their shoulder ahead of this match. The visitors arrive in good heart and are currently challenging for European qualification on the back of some good results.
Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Preview
Athletic Bilbao will be without Mikel Vesga who is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season. Ander Iturraspe will replace him in the double pivot and slot in alongside Mikel San Jose. With Oscar de Marcos still struggling with an ankle injury, Eneko Boveda should continue at right-back. Beñat Etxebarria and Iker Muniain are also injured for the hosts.
Villarreal will be without Alvaro Gonzalez for one more week. He is back from a ban but carries a knock here. Manu Trigueros is also back from suspension while Jaume Costa recovers from an injury at left-back. Samu Castillejo is injured which will allow Roberto Soriano a rare start in midfield. Despite getting a few players back, the visitors are still without Andrés Fernández, Sergio Asenjo, Rúben Semedo and Bruno Soriano. £20 pays £70 on the Villarreal win at Betfair
Team Predictions Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal
Athletic Bilbao 4-2-3-1 formation: Arrizabalaga; Balenziaga, Laporte, Nunez, Bóveda; Iturraspe, Jose; Cordoba, Garcia, Williams; Aduriz
Croatia 4-3-1-2 formation: Barbosa; Costa, Ruiz, Bonera, Gaspar; Soriano, Rodri, Trigueros; Fornals; Bacca, Bakambu
Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Betting Tips
- Athletic Bilbao have won 2 drawn 3 and lost 5 of their last 10 matches
- Villarreal have won 5 drawn 3 and lost 2 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Athletic Bilbao have scored an average of 1.0 goals and conceded an average of 1.5 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Villarreal have scored an average of 1.6 goals and conceded an average of 0.9 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 4 of Athletic Bilbao’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Villarreal’s previous 10 matches Back Over 2.5 Goals with Coral
Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Prediction
four matches and have lost each of their last three La Liga games. The most recent of those defeats was a 3-1 drubbing away to Celta Vigo, where José Ángel Ziganda’s men offered little to suggest that they deserved anything more.
Villarreal are ticking along nicely and have picked up some good results recently. They held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw at Wanda Metropolitano and that is the only time they have conceded in the last five outings in all competitions. The Yellow Submarine has it’s sights set on a third consecutive victory here.
Villarreal are unbeaten in their last five La Liga matches and have what it takes to get a positive result. Athletic Bilbao will hope that the international break has allowed time to re-energise but it’s hard to see them making the necessary improvement to win this. I’m not expecting a goal-fest but feel that both teams will score in a Villarreal win.
Free Betting Tips
VILLARREAL at 5/2 with Betfair
OVER 2.5 GOALS at 11/10 with Coral
Correct Score Prediction
VILLAREAL 2-1 at 12/1 with Betfair