Athletic Bilbao vs Real Valladolid Match Preview & Prediction

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Athletic Bilbao vs Real Valladolid predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s clash in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the Basques aim to bounce back from a couple of defeats.


Athletic Bilbao vs Real Valladolid predictions


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Athletic made a flying start to this season but they’ve just been dealt a few reality checks over the past few weeks. On paper, this game offers them a good chance to get back to winning ways but Real Valladolid can be difficult opponents and they’ve already taken points off the two Madrid giants this season which should give them confidence heading into this tricky trip to the Basque Country.

Athletic would be heading into this match unbeaten at home in La Liga in over a year had they not slipped up against Valencia in their most recent home game. It’s still quite a record they boast but away day struggles combined with a general lack of goals suggests they may struggle to maintain a strong European push. Their 8 games so far this term have produced just 11 goals in total, which along with Atletico Madrid is the lowest return in the Spanish top flight.

Valladolid matches haven’t been a great deal more entertaining but that really won’t bother Sergio too much. He’ll be content enough right now with his side unbeaten in three games and sitting in 13th place heading into this. With very limited summer investment compared to even other bottom half sides, survival is still their principal objective this term.

This doesn’t have the makings of a classic in truth. Both sides are well-drilled and don’t make too many errors at the back and it’s the kind of game where being clinical in front of goal will be key as chances are likely to be few and far between.


Athletic Bilbao vs Real Valladolid Predictions

Score Prediction: 1-0 Athletic Club

Athletic boast a fantastic home record under Gaizka Garitano and with La Liga’s joint best defensive record, it’s difficult to see a low scoring Real Valladolid side posing too many problems. The onus will be on Athletic to dictate the pace of the game and they ought to have just enough to edge this one.

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Athletic Bilbao vs Real Valladolid H2H

  • Last 6 competitive meetings: 3 Athletic Wins, 1 Valladolid Win, 2 Draws.
  • Real Valladolid ended a long winless streak against Athletic with a 1-0 win at the Jose Zorrilla in May.
  • They’ve lost on 4 of their last 5 league visits to San Mames.
  • The exception was a 1-1 draw here last season.

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Predicted Line Ups

Athletic Team:

Simon – Capa, Martinez, Yeray, Yuri – Lopez, Dani Garcia – Muniain, Raul Garcia, De Marcos – Williams (4-2-3-1)

Real Valladolid Team:

Masip – Nacho, Olivas, Salisu, Porro – Villa, Michel, Emeterio, Plano – Unal, Guardiola (4-4-2)

Daniel Garcia
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