Athletic Club vs Getafe predictions and match preview for Friday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Getafe travel to Bilbao.
|Date||Friday 18th March 2022|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
Athletic Club vs Getafe Preview
The Friday night game in LaLiga this week comes from San Mames. It sees Athletic Club bidding to close in on the European places while their opponents are hoping to put distance between themselves and the bottom three.
Athletic’s hopes of European qualification were damaged last time out as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at fellow hopefuls Betis. The Basques are 8th as a result heading into this fixture and they’ll be hoping that it is Betis that win the Copa del Rey Final against Valencia in April. That should ensure that 7th place is good enough for Europe and that’s certainly not beyond Marcelino’s team but they will require a strong end to the campaign.
As is often the case with Athletic, they will be hoping their home form can help deliver a return to Europe. They’ve not been unplayable at home this term, with four sides having recorded league wins at San Mames. However the likes of Real Betis, Villarreal and Real Sociedad have all suffered defeat here while they’ve beaten both Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey at home already in 2022 which ought to give them confidence every time they run out in Bilbao.
Getafe are unlikely to be their biggest test this season with the South Madrid side yet to record a road win in LaLiga. They currently sit 15th and have only taken one point away from home against teams above them with their revival almost entirely down to their record at the Coliseum, although draws away to all of the bottom five have denied their relegation rivals potentially significant victories.
They come into this game on the back of a 0-0 home draw against Valencia at the weekend. That result did make it five without a win overall in LaLiga and while Getafe retain a 4 point advantage on the bottom 3, they will just be starting to get a little bit jittery once more if this winless streak goes on much longer.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Athletic Win, 2 Getafe Wins, 3 Draws.
- The sides drew 0-0 in Madrid earlier this term.
- Getafe suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat here last season.
- They had avoided defeats on their 3 previous trips to Bilbao though.
|Athletic||Dani Garcia||Inigo Martinez|
Athletic Club vs Getafe Predictions
Score Prediction: Athletic Club 1-0 Getafe
Getafe’s winless record on the road and current dip in form points towards a home victory here but it is likely to be tight. Getafe are an organised defensive unit now and Athletic will need to work hard for their openings but may just have enough to find the breakthrough here.
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