Ath Bilbao – Espanyol Prediction & Picks (20.05.2018)

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Athletic Club and Espanyol meet at San Mamés Barria, in a match for the 38 th round of the First Division. In the last direct match for this edition of the league, on 01-14-2018, the two teams tied (1-1). The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 5 matches won 3, drew 1 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, in 04 -04-2017, for the First Division, Athletic Club won by (2-0). Aduriz (17 ‘e 37’) scored the goals of Athletic Club.

Athletic :

The home team is currently in the 16th position, with 43 points won, after 10 wins, 13 draws and 14 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Real Betis, by (2-0). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Deportivo Alavés, by (3-1). In the last 10 home league matches Athletic Club has a record of 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses, so they have won 16 points out of 30 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (8 out of 18 matches). The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches for this competition there is a tendency for few goals, since 14 of the last 18 matches have ended with less than 3 goals. In 37 matches in this competition, they only won 1 comeback in the 17 matches in which they suffered the first goal.

Atlético Bilbao arrives at this unmotivated game, after an outside defeat, by 3-1, in the visit to the Alavés field. The whole of the house should prefer the right flank to attack, taking advantage of the depth offered by the right lateral defender Óscar de Marcos. Despite being a team that likes to act in their own midfield, it also gets out very easily for the counterattack. To point out that at the defensive moment, Atlético Bilbao shows signs of being a very aggressive team, giving little space to the rival. Coach Cuco Ziganda will not be able to count on Kike Sola, Raúl García and Mikel Balenziaga, for being injured.

Espanyol:

After 11 wins, 13 draws and 13 losses, the away team is currently in the 13 th position of the league, with 46 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Atlético Madrid, by (0-2). In the last match, they won in a home match against Málaga, by (4-1). In the last 10 away matches for the championship, Espanyol have 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 12 points out of 30 possible. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches for this competition there is a tendency for few goals, since in 12 of the last 18 they played there were less than 3 goals. In 37 matches in this tournament, they have conceded the first goal 18 times and have only won 1 result.

Espanyol reach this motivated round, after a home victory, by 4-1, in the reception at Malaga: Gerard Moreno, Sergio Garcia, Léo Baptistão and Piatti marked the goals of the triumph. The Spaniard Gerard Moreno is responsible for putting the adversary’s defenses into meaning, with the highest quality being the end. The greatest valence of the visiting team are the counterattacks, being that it has fast and strong players in the hand to hand. The technician of the strangers will not be able to count on Oscar Duarte, to be injured.


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