Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla match info
Date: Thursday January 10 2019
Kick-off time: 6.30pm GMT
Venue: San Mames Stadium
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande
Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla head-to-head record
Last 4 league matches
March 3 2018: Sevilla 2-0 Athletic Bilbao
October 14 2017: Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Sevilla
March 2 2017: Sevilla 1-0 Athletic Bilbao
September 24 2016: Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Sevilla
Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla stats
- These clubs last met in the Copa del Rey in the 2008-09 semi-finals when Athletic Bilbao won 4-2 on aggregate
- Sevilla have lost only one of their last 15 matches in all competitions
- Athletic Bilbao have drawn 10 of their 19 games this season
Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla betting tips
Sevilla visit the San Mames Stadium on both Thursday and Sunday and are fancied to make the first of those trips a winning one in the Copa del Rey.
These clubs are each other’s last opponent in the first half of La Liga season, which also means they meet on the final weekend of the campaign in May, but the draw for the King’s Cup has also pitched them together three times within seven days.
The decision to hire Pablo Machin as manager in the summer looks to have been an inspired one by Sevilla, who failed with their three previous appointments in the search for a long-term replacement for the highly successful Unai Emery.
Machin has got the Rojiblancos flying high in third position in La Liga and they are also on course to enjoy another lengthy run in the Europa League, which they won three times under Emery.
Athletic Bilbao, meanwhile, are towards the foot of the league table and they have already sacked former Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo this term, his successor being Gaizka Garitano.
Although Sevilla’s strength tends to be their home form, where they won 10 in a row before Sunday’s draw with Atletico Madrid, they look capable of claiming a lead here to take home with them for the second leg simply because they are proving so superior to their Basque opponents this season.
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