Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as two in-form teams meet in Seville.
Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao Preview
This is perhaps the pick of the Sunday games in La Liga as Athletic Club make the long journey south to Seville to take on Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin. Both sides take momentum into this one following some impressive recent results and even Betis, who took a while to get going, may now be starting to eye up a push for European football.
Their coach Rubi was under huge pressure a few weeks back but he just seems to have managed to survive with a couple of late winners perhaps keeping him in a job. The most recent was Sergio Canales’ free-kick against Valencia in their most recent outing at the Benito Villamarin and Betis successfully backed that up with victory at Mallorca last time out. Marquee summer signing Nabil Fekir is really starting to show his quality now too and his coach appears to have stumbled upon a system which is helping Betis to put points on the board.
Athletic meanwhile are perhaps the easiest team in the league to predict how they will line up and play but they are much more difficult to stop. Gaizka Gartiano’s approach is clear for all to see and it has helped guide Athletic to 4 wins from their last 5 league matches following on from a brief wobble. Those results have helped propel the Basques back up to 5th place but they are still only averaging a point per game on the road.
They’ve got a strong recent record against this opposition despite being reduced to 10 men in both meetings last season. However Athletic are missing a couple of key men here with Iker Muniain injured and Raul Garcia suspended. The duo have scored over 50% of their side’s goals this term.
Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-0 Betis
Those two absentees are really significant ones for Athletic who don’t offer much of a goal threat or boast much creativity elsewhere. We are likely to see Garitano’s side sit very deep here and try to grind out another point on the road like they did recently at Villarreal but Betis have enough imagination and creativity in their side to break through at least once in the game which may be enough for 3 points.
Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips (18+)
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Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao H2H
- Last 6 competitive meetings: 4 Athletic Wins, 1 Betis Win, 1 Draw.
- Betis have won just 1 of the last 11 meetings between the clubs in all competitions.
- Athletic have won on 3 of their last 5 league visits to the Benito Villamarin.
- Their only recent failure was a 1-0 defeat in December 2016.
Predicted Line Ups
Robles – Bartra, Feddal, Gonzalez – Moreno, Canales, Guardado, Emerson – Fekir, Moron, Joaquin (3-4-3)
Athletic Club Team:
Simon – Yuri, Alvarez, Martinez, Capa – Garcia, Lopez – Cordoba, Sancet, Williams – Kodro (4-2-3-1)