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Valencia will be taking on visiting opponents Athletic Bilbao at Estadio de Mestalla in this La Liga meeting on Saturday.
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Valencia will be hoping for a better result after a 3-1 La Liga losing effort in their last game against Sevilla.
In that game, Valencia had 42% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. The only player to score for Valencia was Hugo Duro (31'). For their opponents, Sevilla FC had 10 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Papu Gómez (3'), Gonzalo Montiel (15') and Rafa Mir (22') scored for Sevilla.
Valencia haven’t had any problems with scoring, finding the back of the net in each and every one of their last 6 matches.
They have claimed a sum of 11 during that time and have conceded a total of 7. That trend might not be continued into this match, though.
Their past results show that Valencia:
- have not been beaten in the league by Athletic Bilbao in their previous 2 games.
- have not emerged victorious against Athletic Bilbao in their previous 3 league games.
For 5 of the past six games involving Athletic Bilbao, a comparatively low number of goals have been hit between them and their opponents. The overall average number of goals per game within that spell works out to a mere 1.33, with the average goals for Los Leones equalling 0.83.
A look at their previous results shows us that Athletic Bilbao:
- are undefeated by Valencia in games played away from home for the previous 2 matches in the league.
- are undefeated in their previous 3 away league matches.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head meetings going back to 27/10/2018 shows that Valencia have won 2 of these games and Athletic Bilbao 1, with the tally of drawn games standing at 3.
An aggregate of 11 goals were produced between them in this period, with 6 of them from Los Che and 5 for Los Leones. That is an average goals per game value of 1.83.
The last league contest between these clubs was La Liga match day 22 on 07/02/2021 when the final score was Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Valencia.
That time, Athletic Bilbao had 50% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 2 on target.
Valencia had 15 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Guillamón (43' Own goal) and Gabriel Paulista (65') scored.
The referee was José Luis Munuera Montero.
Team News: Valencia
Thierry Correia (Muscle Injury), Carlos Soler (Muscle Injury), José Gayà (Muscle Injury) and Denis Cheryshev (Knee Injury) are not available for Valencia boss José Bordalás.
Team News: Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelino García Toral has multiple availability issues to deal with. Peru Nolaskoain (Ankle Injury), Asier Villalibre (Hamstring Injury), Oihan Sancet (Knee Problems), Yeray Álvarez (Tendonitis) and Yuri Berchiche (Pubitis) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Athletic Bilbao are dangerous enough to breach the defence of this Valencia lineup, however that isn’t expected to prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We’re predicting a 2-1 advantage for Valencia after the 90. It will be interesting to see how this one goes.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio de Mestalla (48,600)
Captain: José Gayà
Chairman: Anil Murthy
Manager: José Bordalás
Competitions: La Liga position 3
🔑 Star Player: Gonçalo Guedes
Usually playing in the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Gonçalo Guedes was born in Benavente, Portugal. After having played his first senior match for Benfica in the 2014 - 2015 season, the gifted Midfielder has scored a sum of 2 league goals in the LaLiga 2021 - 2022 campaign so far coming from a total of 5 appearances.