Valencia vs. Athletic Bilbao predictions for Sunday’s Primera clash at Mestalla. Los Leones have been in a poor form away from home throughout the season and Valencia will look to take advantage of it and return to the winning ways. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Valencia vs. Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips
Valencia will host Athletic Bilbao for their Matchday 23 clash hoping to turn the narrow contest their way and bag important points in an attempt to break into the Primera mid-table, and as we’ve seen the visitors on a poor spell of form on the road throughout the season we’ll back a home win at a good-looking 13/10 with BetVictor
Although Los Che have been rather unpredictable, recently suffering two thrashing losses at their home ground (1-4 to Celta and 0-4 to Eibar), they have been picking up their form with two wins and two draws also on the record in the last six matches there. Coming into the match on the back of a goalless draw at Real Betis, we did see an improved back-line and we don’t believe they’ll slip-up and drop any points at Mestalla this time around.
Bilbao are amid a difficult schedule themselves, as they travel to Thessaloniki for their return Europa League match next week, having earned an important 3-2 home win on Thursday. Nonetheless, they’ve struggled on the road and their narrow win at Segunda B Racing Santander (1-2 in early December) in Copa del Rey has been the only one in their last ten away matches, with three draws and six losses on the record!
They have been able to net six goals in the process, though, and as we’re used to seeing a lot of goals at Mestalla (three or more in all of Valencia’s last five home matches) so going for Over 2.5 goals FT does seem like a banker bet at a generous 19/20 with Ladbrokes
. While we do feel Los Che will have what it takes to turn this one their way, it might just come out as a thriller battle for points.
Valencia vs. Athletic Bilbao Stats
To top their woes away from home, the fact they’ve beaten Valencia just once in their last nine trips there will surely not inspiring Athletic Bilbao. Los Leones have been able to three wins in a row in front of the home fans but they’ve had far more troubles at Mestalla. However, suffering a 2-1 loss in their last game at this ground was enough for the visitors to go through to Europa League Quarter-finals on aggregate.
We’ll now go for a more adventurous bet backing the same result, with a 2-1 home win coming as a lively longshot at an appealing 8/1 with William Hill.