Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Match Preview & Prediction

Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Match Preview & Prediction

Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the Yellow Submarine head to Bilbao.

by Daniel Garcia

Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal predictions

Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Preview

Athletic Club play host to Villarreal this Sunday in La Liga in a match between two sides who are going through really contrasting runs of form. While Athletic’s league form has fallen completely apart, Villarreal have started to put plenty of wins on the board to thrust them into serious European contention.

Athletic have gone 10 league games without victory heading into this. Even their usually reliable home record has started to fail them with Getafe and Osasuna both winning at San Mames in recent weeks. They could really do with a more positive outcome here, chiefly to lift morale heading into a huge Copa del Rey Semi-Final 2nd Leg at Granada next week.

Villarreal have no such distractions but they will be determined to at least secure Europa League football for next season. They look well placed to do that given they are currently sitting in 7th place heading into this weekend. They were beaten by Atletico Madrid last time out but it was 6 wins from 8 league games prior to that and they should still be able to take confidence into this game as a result.

Athletic are likely to continue with this approach of playing with a back three although you have to wonder whether it is helping or hindering their season. They’ll be keen to avoid any injuries given that cup tie is coming up. Villarreal meanwhile seem to have more or less settled on a system now with January signing Paco Alcacer likely to lead the line again.

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Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Predictions

Score Prediction: 2-1 Villarreal

Gaizka Garitano has done a terrific job with Athletic but they do look to have hit something of a brick wall in recent weeks. Comparing the two sides, it’s certainly Villarreal who possess the bigger goal threats with Alcacer and Gerard Moreno looking capable of inflicting another home defeat on Athletic who have just lost their way a bit.

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Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal H2H

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Athletic Win, 2 Villarreal Wins, 3 Draws.
  • The last 2 meetings have been drawn including a 0-0 draw at the Ceramica earlier this term.
  • Villarreal were impressive 3-0 winners here last season with Pablo Fornals scoring a wonder goal.
  • However they hadn’t won on any of their previous 5 visits.

Predicted Line Ups

Athletic Team:

Simon – Martinez, Nunez, Yeray – Yuri, Vesga, Dani Garcia, Muniain, Capa – Williams, Raul Garcia (3-5-2)

Villarreal Team:

Asenjo – Moreno, Torres, Albiol, Pena – Iborra – Moi Gomez, Trigueros, Cazorla, Gerard Moreno – Alcacer (4-1-4-1)

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Daniel Garcia
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Daniel is a football writer based in Spain. He has an extensive knowledge of LaLiga history and closely follows current events in the Spanish top flight.

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