Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo Match Preview & Prediction

Athletic Bilbao - San Mames

Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as Celta aim to end a worrying winless streak at San Mames.

Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo predictions

Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo Preview

The penultimate game of the weekend comes from Bilbao where Athletic Club take on struggling Celta Vigo. Athletic have enjoyed much the better season so far and they’ve again been very strong at San Mames and will be expecting to keep up their impressive home form here against a Celta side that continues to flatter to deceive.

Athletic boast a 67% home win ratio this term in La Liga and have still only been defeated once at San Mames in the league under the stewardship of Gaizka Garitano. However Athletic have been struggling a bit for goals in recent weeks with 3 straight draws heading into this in league football including two goalless affairs against Eibar and Real Madrid.

The visit of what remains a relatively shaky Celta Vigo defence should bring optimism that Athletic can have some more joy in the final third in this game though. Celta have conceded 2 goals per game on average on their travels this season and only 3 sides have picked up fewer away points than them. Their fans will be starting to get really concerned about where they are heading having failed to win any of their last 5 matches, all of which were against current bottom half teams.

This in theory will be tougher than all of those matches and Celta have only taken 1 point from their last 4 league visits to San Mames which doesn’t exactly bode well. They did at least manage to score in all of those games although they’ve been less convincing in front of goal this term. They look set to be one of the most active sides in the January transfer window with funds to spend following the sale of Stanislav Lobotka to Napoli this week for €25m.

Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo Predictions

Score Prediction: 2-0 Athletic

There’s a certain symmetry here with Athletic having won 6, drawn 2 and lost 1 at home this season in La Liga while Celta have lost 6, drawn 2 and won only once away. Athletic will need to be a bit wary of a Celta side that is perhaps more comfortable when the pressure is off but there are still too many flaws in the Galician outfit to seriously fancy them to come away with something here, particularly with Athletic having conceded just 3 home goals all season.

Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo Betting Tips & Odds (18+)

Home Win 9/10 | Draw 11/5 | Away Win 18/5 – odds via Betfair

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Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo H2H

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Athletic Wins, 2 Celta Wins, 1 Draw.
  • One of Celta’s best results so far this season was the 1-0 win in the reverse fixture in Galicia.
  • They’ve only taken 1 point from their last 4 trips to Bilbao though.
  • Both teams scored in all of those fixtures.

Predicted Line Ups

Athletic Team:

Herrerin – Yuri, Martinez, Yeray, Capa – Lopez, Dani Garcia – Cordoba, Muniain, Williams – Raul Garcia (4-2-3-1)

Celta Team:

Blanco – Olaza, Araujo, Aidoo, Kevin – Sisto, Beltran, Okay, Rafinha – Aspas, Mina (4-4-2)

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