Football predictions – Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao – Spain 14.01.18

Athletic Bilbao have taken just one point from their last three Spain. Primera División matches, following last weekend’s 3-1 defeat away to their opponent. Athletic Bilbao are still seventh overall in the table, but the distance between them and the Continental qualification positions is slowly getting bigger. Saturday’s match at home to reigning champions Espanyol should prove no easy feat either – Athletic Bilbao haven’t won against any Spain. Primera División leader since September 2008 and, notably, are without a win against any side currently within the top eight so far this season.

Espanyol have turned around their “unconvincing” run in style over the past 7 days. Espanyol dominated and humiliated their opponent with a 8-0 win at home last weekend, which also saw their striker net his first hat-trick of 2017, to become the Spain. Primera División’s joint top scorer (19 goals) in the process, before easing their way through to the semi-finals of the national cup at home to opponent during the week (3-0 win).

Espanyol are clear favourites here at 4/9 with bet365, but we feel that backing “both teams to score” at 21/20 has some decent potential for the following reasons:

Most people know about Espanyol and their striker, and for good reason too. He is a world class striker and currently in top form, with seven goals from his last four competitive outings. He’s also scored three goals in Espanyol’s last four on the road so you’d fancy him to continue this run as an anytime goalscorer at 4/7 with bet365. However, Athletic Bilbao are not without a weapon of their own in French striker.Not to mention that he scored against the visitors earlier this season when Athletic Bilbao took a point away from Espanyol (1-1 draw).

Notably, Espanyol’s recent domination has in fact come from matches at home. Espanyol have failed to keep a clean sheet in three of their last four Spain. Primera División away matches, including against some much weaker teams than Athletic Bilbao, and the added strain following their mid-week national cup match, where the league leaders fielded a full strength squad, should add even more value to Athletic Bilbao getting one against them.

Regarding a correct score bet, though Athletic Bilbao are unbeaten at home this season (W5 D5), Espanyol hold the best away record in the Spain. Primera División (W8 D2 L1). Athletic Bilbao’s poor track record against much stronger sides, combined with Espanyol’s return to goal-scoring form, means we feel the Espanyolns could sneak another win here. As such, we feel there’s decent value to be had backing a 2-1 Espanyol win at 15/2 with bet365.

Football predictions – Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao – Spain 14.01.18

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