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Athletic Bilbao will take to the pitch with visiting club Real Betis at Estadio San Mamés in this La Liga fixture on Monday.
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Athletic Bilbao will be hoping for a better result after a 2-1 La Liga loss in their previous game against Real Valladolid.
In that match, Athletic Bilbao managed 70% possession and 17 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Athletic Bilbao was Williams (86'). For their opponents, Real Valladolid had 7 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Fabián Orellana (19') and Maranhão (48') scored for Real Valladolid.
It has been seldom in recent games where Athletic Bilbao have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Los Leones have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, letting in 6 goals during that time.
Heading into this fixture, Athletic Bilbao are unbeaten in their last 2 home league matches.
Following on from a loss in their previous game against Barcelona in La Liga action, Real Betis will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, Real Betis had 41% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 6 on target. For Real Betis, the goalscorers were Antonio Sanabria (45') and Loren (73'). FC Barcelona got 18 shots on goal with 9 on target. Ousmane Dembélé (22'), Antoine Griezmann (49'), Lionel Messi (61', 82') and Pedri (90') scored for Barcelona.
Looking at their form, and Real Betis have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 14 goals in all. In defence, Béticos seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly. That trend might not be sustained into this next game, of course.
Their past results show that Real Betis:
- have not registered a win against Athletic Bilbao when they've played them away from home in the last 6 league matches. Not the best of away records.
- have not won away from home in their last 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
A review of their prior head-to-head meetings going back to 22/12/2017 shows that Athletic Bilbao have won 4 of these games and Real Betis 1, with the tally of drawn results standing at 1.
A combined sum of 15 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 10 of them from Los Leones and 5 for Béticos. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.5.
The last league clash featuring these sides was La Liga match day 30 on 20/06/2020 which ended up with the score at Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Real Betis.
That time, Athletic Bilbao managed 43% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 3 on target. The scorer was Iñigo Martínez (7').
For their opponents, Real Betis got 9 shots at goal with 5 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Valentín Pizarro Gómez.
Team News: Athletic Bilbao
Yuri Berchiche (Corona virus) and Jokin Ezkieta (Corona virus) will not be able to play for Bilbao gaffer Gaizka Garitano.
Team News: Real Betis
Real Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Sidnei (Muscle Injury), Víctor Camarasa (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Nabil Fekir (Muscular problems), Aïssa Mandi (Corona virus) and Sergio Canales (Muscle Injury) can’t be considered.
We’re envisaging that Real Betis will have to perform well to hit the back of the net against this Athletic Bilbao lineup who we think might well score & stay on top.
We’re therefore anticipating a very even contest with a 1-0 advantage for Athletic Bilbao after 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio San Mamés (53,289)
Captain: Iker Muniain
Chairman: Aitor Elizegi
Manager: Gaizka Garitano
Competitions: La Liga position 14
⭐ Key Man: Williams
Normally played in the Right Wing position, Williams was born in Bilbao, Spain. Having made his senior debut playing for Athletic Bilbao in the 2014 - 2015 season, the goalscoring Forward has contributed 2 league goals in the LaLiga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 8 appearances.