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The La Liga tie at Estadio San Mamés on Sunday sees home side Athletic Bilbao take on Levante.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Athletic Bilbao v Levante can be found here (plus the best game odds).
Athletic Bilbao will be wanting a better result here after a 1-0 La Liga losing effort in their last game against Alaves.
In that game, Athletic Bilbao managed 59% possession and 7 attempts at goal with 1 on target. On the other side, Alaves had 8 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Rodrigo Ely (74') was the scorer for Alaves.
A recurring trait of recent Athletic Bilbao games is the number of results with a nil in them.
Taking their prior six clashes leading up to this one, in as many as 5 of them a wager on both teams scoring would've lost. Such a pattern might not follow through here, however.
Looking at their past form shows that Athletic Bilbao:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Levante in their previous 3 games.
- are without a home win in the past 4 league games. Their fans aren't happy.
Since a loss in their previous game against Real Madrid in La Liga competition, Levante and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Levante had 44% possession and 11 shots on goal with 4 on target. For their opponents, Real Madrid CF got 13 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Vinicius Júnior (16') and Karim Benzema (95') scored for Real Madrid.
The stats don’t lie, and Levante have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 10 goals in total. Defensively, Levante can certainly do much better.
Coming into this meeting, Levante haven't beaten Athletic Bilbao when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league games.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 10/12/2017 tells us that Athletic Bilbao have won 4 of these & Levante 2, with the number of drawn games standing at 0.
A total of 21 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 10 of them from Los Leones and 11 for Levante. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.5.
Team News: Athletic Bilbao
Yuri Berchiche (Corona virus) and Ibai Gómez (Collarbone fracture) are unavailable for Bilbao gaffer Gaizka Garitano.
Team News: Levante
Out of a mainly available squad, there’s just the one fitness issue for the Levante gaffer Paco López to contend with. Cheick Doukouré (Achilles tendon rupture) misses out for this game.
We’re envisaging that Levante might well have a job on their hands to find the net against this Athletic Bilbao team who we reckon will just have the edge.
We’re therefore anticipating a very competitive game with a 1-0 advantage for Athletic Bilbao at full-time.
There should be little in it.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio San Mamés (53,289)
Captain: Iker Muniain
Chairman: Aitor Elizegi
Manager: Gaizka Garitano
Competitions: La Liga position 19
🔑 Star Player: Unai López
Mostly played in the Centre Midfield position, Unai López was born in Donostia, Spain. After making a first senior appearance for Athletic Bilbao in the 2014 - 2015 season, the talented Midfielder has managed 2 league goals in this LaLiga 2020 - 2021 season so far from a total of 4 appearances.