Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao Match Info
Date: Sunday January 20 2019
Kick-off time: 3.15pm GMT
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica
Referee: Alberto Undiano
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao Head-To-Head Record
Last 3 matches
September 26 2018: Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Villarreal
April 9 2018: Villarreal 1-3 Athletic Bilbao
November 19 2017: Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Villarreal
Total head-to-head league matched played: 37
Villarreal wins: 17
Athletic Bilbao wins: 10
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao Stats
- Both teams have scored in seven of the last eight Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao league matches
- Villarreal have lost only one of their latest 13 home league games against Athletic Bilbao
- Athletic Bilbao have been beaten in just one of their last eight matches
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao Match Preview
After three consecutive matches against Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao now face a different opponent and will hope to continue their upturn in form under coach Gaizka Garitano.
The Basque club had been having a poor season until Garitano, who took Eibar into the Spanish top flight, assumed control early last month. Since then, they have won five of their eight matches and lost only one.
The last trio of those were against Sevilla and while Athletic Club, as they like to be known, won 2-0 at home in La Liga, they bowed out of the Copa del Rey by a 3-2 aggregate.
At the time of writing, it was unknown whether Villarreal would reach the last eight of the cup as they had the second leg of their tie against Espanyol still to play away from home with the first having finished 2-2.
The Yellow Submarine have been drawing too many games this season, especially away from home, but it looks as though this match provides them with a good opportunity to give their prospects of avoiding relegation a significant boost.
That’s because Athletic Club have been poor travellers in the league and they have struggled at this venue over the years (see stats above) so Villarreal are backed to land an important victory.
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