Huesca vs Athletic Bilbao predictions, H2H and match preview for this Monday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups as the hosts look to keep their impressive form going.
DATE/TIME – Monday 18th February, 21:00 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – El Alcoraz
COMPETITION – La Liga
Athletic Club are back in Monday night action again and it’ll be interesting to see if the protests we have seen in recent weeks during Monday night matches continue here. Huesca fans may be too caught up in the excitement of their debut top flight season, not to mention their side’s current form, to follow the lead of some supporters who have display their disdain for La Liga’s unsociable kick-off times.
Huesca’s turnaround has been pretty remarkable. Having conceded in all 20 league games and accumulated only 11 points, they looked absolutely dead and buried a few weeks back. However since then they’ve kept 3 clean sheets on the spin and come into this following back-to-back wins. They are still rooted to the foot of the table and will be whatever happens here. However another win would really get supporters of the Aragonese club dreaming of an unlikely survival act.
Their visitors have been in decent form too though. Gaizka Garitano’s side have only lost twice in 12 matches in all competitions since the change in coach. That includes two absolute demolition jobs on Huesca in the Copa del Rey. However this has all the makings of a much more even game with the hosts certain to field a stronger eleven this time around.
They will be without Pablo Insua though. The centre-back suffered a serious ligament injury in Huesca’s last match and will miss the rest of the season, which is clearly a significant blow. Athletic also have some fresh absentees though. Dani Garcia and Óscar De Marcos are both suspended here so there will need to be a bit of a reshuffle.
Huesca vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-0 Huesca
Betting Tip: Huesca Draw No Bet @ 2.3 with Spin Palace Sports (or Huesca 0.0 Asian Handicap)
Both sides have been much improved defensively of late. Athletic were very good against Barcelona last time out but this presents a different kind of challenge and it’s these kind of games where they’ve tended to slip up with more onus on them to dictate the play. Huesca are suddenly playing with belief and finishing chances, two things that had been badly missing until the last few weeks. It’s likely to be a very close game but the value appears to lie with the in-form hosts.
Huesca vs Athletic Bilbao H2H
- Last 3 meetings: 2 Athletic Wins, 1 Draw.
- The only previous league meeting ended 2-2 at San Mames earlier this term.
- Athletic have since won both legs of a Copa del Rey tie between the sides by 4-0 margins.
- There have been no other competitive meetings this century.
One to Watch – Chimy Avila
— Noticias San Lorenzo (@LocuraCuervaa) February 10, 2019
The Argentine bagged both goals as Huesca won at Girona last time out having netted the final goal in Huesca’s 4-0 demolition of Valladolid. He is clearly in red hot form heading into this one.
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Predicted Line Ups
Santamaria – Dieguez, Etxeita, Pulido – Miramon, Herrera, Rivera, Gomez, Galan – Avila, Gallego (3-5-2)
Athletic Bilbao Team:
Herrerin – Yuri, Martinez, Alvarez, Capa – Jose, Etxebarria – Muniain, Garcia, Gomez – Williams (4-2-3-1)