Athletic Bilbao v Espanyol Betting Preview

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Venue: San Mames Stadium, Bilbao, Spain
Kick-off time: 19:45 hrs BST

Bilbao are currently placed at 11th spot in the league table with Espanyol following suit in 12th position. The home side have 12 points from 11 games compared to the visitor’s 11 points. However, the visitors have a better goal difference stat compared with the home side and have scored four more goals this season.

Athletic Bilbao’s form: L-W-W-L-D

Athletic Club are coming into this match following a creditable 0-0 draw at Valencia. The home side were expected to flourish at the Mestalla after the spending in the last transfer window had borne some fruits. However, that was not the case as Bilbao were able to hold off their challenge and gave a proper account of themselves on the occasion.

The home side’s successive league wins against Almeria away and against Sevilla at home were sandwiched between their two losses to FC Porto (home and away) in the Champions League. It is thought that the side’s participation in the competition has proved to be a burden with the squad being tested to their limits. However, there is some great quality in the side and they should be able to get themselves up into a decent position in the league soon.

Espanyol’s form: W-L-D-L-D

Espanyol have not won any of their last four matches and it has been more than a month and a half that they actually won a game. The game in question was against Real Sociedad on October 5. Since then, they have been beaten in the league by Atletico Madrid and Elche and the visitors had drawn home matches against Deportivo La Coruna and Villarreal.

The visitors are coming into this game following a 1-1 draw at home to Villarreal in which Diego Daniel Colotto rescued a point deep into injury time.

Key Players

Bilbao:
Iker Muniain is the key man for the home side. He has enormous potential and it is about time that he started bossing games. The lad possesses great pace on the ball and is a threat in the final third of the pitch.

Espanyol:
Uruguayan striker Stuani has been the most prolific player for Espanyol in the past five games with 2 goals to his credit. The visitors will hope that the 28 year old grabs am important goal on Friday evening.

Betting Advice

Espanyol (5.4 at BetVictor) beat Bilbao (1.8 at William Hill) in the corresponding fixture in February during the course of last season. The visitors also come into this game with some momentum following their last minute goal in the match against Villarreal.

However, the home side have not conceded in the league in their last three games and look like they have a real solid defence. Back less than 2.5 goals at 1.58 with bet365.