Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano Match Info
Date: Sunday April 14 2019
Kick-off time: 1.00pm BST
Venue: San Mames Stadium
Referee: Juan Martinez Munuera
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano Head-To-Head Record
Last 3 matches
October 24 2018: Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Athletic Bilbao
April 10 2016: Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Rayo Vallecano
November 29 2015: Rayo Vallecano 0-3 Athletic Bilbao
Total head-to-head league matches played since 1993-94: 25
Athletic Bilbao wins: 13
Rayo Vallecano wins: 4
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano Stats
- Rayo Vallecano have won only one of their last nine matches away to Athletic Bilbao
- Only one of Rayo Vallecano’s latest 22 away league games has ended as a draw
- They have lost each of their last five away fixtures either 2-1 or 3-1
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano Match Preview
Paco Jemez has made a useful start to his second spell in charge of Rayo Vallecano – but his new charges face a difficult test away to much-improved Athletic Bilbao.
Jemez, who was in charge of the Madrid-based club for four years from 2012-16, returned last month after they had lost seven games in a row and has already steered them to a victory over Valencia and a draw with Real Betis, both at home.
Those results have revived hopes that Rayo can avoid an immediate return to the Segunda Division, although they entered this weekend second from bottom of the table and three points from safety.
Rayo do not have the most daunting of run-ins, but one of their toughest remaining tasks is in Bilbao where Athletic Club, as they like to be known, are unbeaten in the league since early October – one of only two defeats on their own pitch in La Liga this term.
A change of manager has also worked well for them, with Gaizka Garitano lifting the Basque club up to eighth in the table and certainly into the hunt for Europa League qualification.
With Rayo the lowest away scorers in the Spanish top flight this campaign, Athletic Club are fancied to boost their European push with victory and a clean sheet to boot.
MORE: Want predictions for other Spanish football matches? See our La Liga betting tips section, packed with insight from our expert tipsters. Plus, if you want goalscorer predictions, visit our Anytime Goalscorer Tips page. We also have lots more free football tips across our site.
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano Betting Tips
Athletic Bilbao to win to nil @ 15/8 with bet365
Athletic Bilbao to win and under 4.5 goals in the match @ 21/20 with bet365