Girona vs Athletic Bilbao predictions, H2H and match preview for this Friday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups as both sides look to build on impressive wins last time out.
DATE/TIME – Friday 29th March, 21:00 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Montilivi
COMPETITION – La Liga
This has the feel of a mid-table affair but it’s still too early in the season to say there is nothing at stake here. Athletic are only 3 points off 7th, which may be good enough for Europe next term. Girona are only 3 points further back on the Basque club so a strong end to the season for either side could yet propel them into serious Europa League contention.
Athletic have won 50% of their matches in La Liga since appointing Gaizka Garitano after match-day 14. He has done an excellent job in tightening things up at the back. They are still a bit light on goals but they managed to net twice to seal an impressive win over Atletico Madrid last time out. Inaki Williams and Kenan Kodro were both on target but the latter may still struggle to get into the side here.
Girona meanwhile were victorious at Butarque last time out to continue their season trend of being strong away from home but poor in front of their own fans. They’ve only won twice on home soil this season, the fewest number of home wins in La Liga. That will be a bit of a mystery to Eusebio who may feel his job could come under threat this summer now Pablo Machin is available again after his sacking by Sevilla.
This promises to be a pretty even game with not much to choose between the sides. Athletic will be intent on stopping the supply to Cristhian Stuani who remains by far Girona’s biggest goal threat. The visitors will feel they will be a danger on the break though with the pace of Williams.
Girona vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Athletic
Betting Tip: Athletic 0.0 Asian Handicap @ 1.90 with Spin Palace Sports (18+)
This is one of those games where it’s hard to ignore the stats. Girona have lost 4 of their last 5 home games in all competitions and won just 2 of their last 19 at Montilivi in La Liga. With Athletic playing well and with confidence, the value looks to lie with the visitors here.
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Girona vs Athletic Bilbao H2H
- Last 3 meetings: 2 Athletic Wins, 1 Girona Win.
- All 3 league meetings between the clubs have been won by the home team.
- Athletic beat Girona 1-0 earlier this season.
One to Watch – Raul Garcia (Athletic)
Raul Garcia, the midfielder for Athletic Bilbao is missing the rest of the season as he is undergoing a heart procedure. pic.twitter.com/yaBHMJIrwT
— Worldwide Football News (@Global_NewsLive) May 8, 2018
Raul Garcia has been a key part of Athletic’s rise up the table. The combative midfielder adds bite in the middle of the park and some much needed goal threat. Not bad for a guy who had heart problems at the end of last term!
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Predicted Line Ups
Bono – Porro, Juanpe, Alcala, Raul Garcia – Aleix Garcia, Pons, Granell – Portu, Stuani, Borja Garcia (4-3-3)
Athletic Bilbao Team:
Herrerin – Yuri, Nunez, Martinez, Capa – San Jose, Dani Garcia – Muniain, Raul Garcia, De Marcos – Williams (4-2-3-1)