Athletic Bilbao (@1.66) vs Alaves (@6.5)

Our Prediction:

Athletic Bilbao will win

Athletic Bilbao – Alaves Match Prediction | 23-09-2019 12:30

That match showed that they are really a threat at home. They have made a big surprise in the first round against mighty Barcelona with a stunning 89th-minute goal by Aduriz. They have some injuries, but they are not long term, so everything will be alright. An interesting thing, 5 of Ath Bilbaos last 6 La Liga home games witnessed the final goal of the game being scored in the 85th minute or later. They are currently fourth in the La Liga table.

As expected, Alaves were beaten by Atletico Madrid at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in their last league match, with the team dropping to fifth place in the standings. Los Babazorros are a real force to be reckoned with at home and you should bear in mind that they are undefeated at their Estadio de Mendizorroza this term. Athletic Club experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Levante in Valencia and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts, who defeated the likes of Real Madrid and Villarreal at home earlier this term. The Lions, on the other hand, are having a season to forget, with the team sitting in the relegation zone ahead of Matchday 16. Estadio de Mendizorroza will host Mondays football game between Deportivo Alaves and Athletic Club, the two Basque clubs.

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Los Babazorros booked their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on four occasions and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy. Anyhow, that is still regarded as the clubs biggest success. The color of Alaves home kit is blue and white and the clubs local rivals are fellow Basque sides Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Osasuna and Eibar. Alaves made it to the UEFA CUP final in 2001, but they were beaten by Liverpool 5-4 in a thrilling football clash.

That may not exactly be the recipe for a classic here but Basque derbies are always fascinating in their own way and itll be interesting to see if Athletic have the creativity to open Alaves up if they do come here with a park the bus attitude. The similarities between these two coaches go beyond their shared surnames with both placing great emphasis on hard work and sold defensive foundations.

Theyll be clear underdogs here though as the two Garitanos (no relation) go head to head in the dugout. Athletic have another Basque derby at San Mames here having beaten rivals Real Sociedad in their most recent home match. Their record against Alaves hasnt been great though in recent times with the Vitoria outfit having only suffered one defeat against the neighbours since returning to the top flight in 2016.

Athletic Bilbao vs Deportivo Alaves Best Odds

Theyve been tough defensively and based their success on such an approach, which promises more of the same in Bilbao. Los Leones opened the campaign with a thriller 1-0 win over Barcelona and built on it with a confident win over Real Sociedad (2-0) at this ground, as well as draws at Getafe (1-1) and Mallorca (0-0 most recently).

Both of these teams started this season in the same way. Ath Bilbao looks stronger than Alaves up to this day. I looked at their recent performances and their styles of play, as well as other factors like tradition while I was crafting my selection. If we take everything I said, it points to the home win with under 2.5 goals scored.

Alaves will have to stop him from giving the confidence boost if they want something from this game. By looking at their results this year, it seems more likely. We dont see many goals in their encounters, so a tight match is probably expected. An interesting thing is that Bilbaos Raul Garcias last three league goals were all scored before the 20th minute. Both Athletic Bilbao and Alaves started their La Liga campaign by recording solid results. They have only 4 wins from the last 13 games played away from home. These two teams have a lot of history behind them, with many Head-to-Head matches. On the other side, Alaves is not a great away team. Ath Bilbao is in a great form at home, they are without a loss for 14 consecutive games. By looking at all of these facts, they point to the probable Ath Bilbao win.

Athletic Bilbao Team News

They did not shine against an in-form Girona side seven days ago in La Liga, but still managed to snatch a last-gasp win via stoppage-time penalty from the star man Aritz Aduriz. The story is completely opposite with the visitors. They advanced into the last 16 round of Copa del Rey in some style aging eight goals without conceding a single over two legs against Huesca. They opened the new season in a poor fashion, but they seem to have found the right form. The Lions head into this off the back of two consecutive clean sheet wins over Huesca and Girona.