Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao La Liga: Preview, Prediction, Predicted Lineups and Live Stream
Sevilla will invite Athletic Bilbao to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Friday for a game of the 19th round in La Liga. The two sides are in the upper half of the standings, with Sevilla sitting on 3rd position with 34 points, while their next rivals from Bilbao are down at 7th with six points less.
Bilbao might be set seventh in the table right now, yet they without a doubt have had issues on the road all through this campaign.
Sevilla will be anxious to abuse this to the core and return to winning routes before the homegroup. They had lost against Villarreal the last time they challenged at this venue.
La Liga has been uncharacteristically competitive this season. Indeed, even at this halfway mark of the campaign, no team has yet touched the 40-point mark, and this raises the potential for a victor other than from the group of usual suspects.
Sevilla have for quite some time been overshadowed by the likes of Barca and the Madrid teams, and this time around, they will be anxious to make a took shots at the league title.
On that record, we can most likely anticipate a furious battle from Sevilla for the rest of the season.
Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao Preview
Sevilla will be at home in their opening game of 2020, to host Athletic Club on 3rd January when La Liga continues after the Christmas break. Sevilla head to the game on 34 points and placed third in the league standings, while Athletic Club are seventh with 28 points.
Sevilla wrapped up 2019 with two straight successes, yet these returned on the of two straight misfortunes. The two misfortunes remain their only defeats in the last 15 matches. They have 10 successes in the last 15 matches. In their last eight matches, they have overseen five clean sheets and have failed to score in only one of their last 15 matches.
Sevilla have seen three of their last 10 matches end in over 2.5 goals. At home, they have had a decent run in recent matches; they go to this conflict having lost once in the last nine home matches. They have six clean sheets in their last nine home matches and have scored in every one of their last six home matches in La Liga.
Sevilla have the joint third-best defence in the league, having surrendered 17 goals. They have won three of their last six meetings with Athletic Club, yet also, lost as many. There has been no draw the last 15 meetings between these two teams, while six of the last 15 have created over 2.5 goals.
The Andalusian goliaths are encountering a positive campaign under previous Spain lead coach Julen Lopetegui. A triumph in this trip will move the home side level on points with second-place Real Madrid in the table.
Notwithstanding their great position in the table, Lopetegui’s team completed 2019 in conflicting style, with one, a draw and a defeat in their last three league matches of the year. Nonetheless, the success came the last break, when they recorded a 2-0 win at Real Mallorca.
The game last break produced another relatively tight and low-scoring experience, as eight of their last ten La Liga games have created under 2.5 goals. A major factor in those low-scoring matches is that the home side has not been prolific this season. To such an extent, that they are the most minimal scorers in the top six of La Liga.
Sevilla have a decent recent home record in the Spanish top-flight. Be that as it may, a shock 2-1 defeat against Villarreal in their last league game at the Sanchez Pizjuan finished a five-game unbeaten run on home soil.
Athletic Club, then again, have truly improved in their last 10 matches, after at first battling. They go to this conflict on six successes in their last 10 matches; these six successes are likewise all they have overseen in the last 15 matches. They have six clean sheets in their last 10 matches, three in their last three matches, and four in their last five matches.
This is additionally strengthened by the way that Athletic Club have the joint second-best defence in the league, having yielded 12 goals. They are anyway not the best in the attack; with 19 goals, they have scored the least among the teams in the top 13 of the standings.
Athletic Club have seen six of their last 10 matches produce over 2.5 goals and they have scored at least two goals in seven of their last 10 matches. They have anyway battled a great deal away from home.
In their last 10 away matches, Athletic Club have failed to score in six. They have two successes in 10 away matches and only one win in the nine La Liga away matches they have played this season. Their away day woes go route back; Athletic Club have one away win in the last 11 La Liga matches and just five successes in the last 31 in the league.
The Basque boys are enjoying a typically strong La Liga campaign. Athletic are only two points adrift of the European spots and four points outside the Champions League berths.
The guests may even have been in La Liga’s top-four on the off chance that it were not for poor form toward the finish of 2019, as the guests have failed to win in their last three league trips. Their last two league experiences of 2019 produced goalless draws against Eibar and Real Madrid.
Like their Friday night adversaries, Athletic’s recent league experiences have been moderately low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in three of their last four La Liga excursions.
The guests have battled badly for away successes of late in the Spanish top-flight, winning only two of their last 14 matches on their travels in the English top-flight. They have additionally won only once in their last 11 away games.
Athletic’s recent away games have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in ten of their last 12 games. The way that the Basque side has failed to score in five of their last eight away games has positively demonstrated a vital factor in that specific record.
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When does Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao kick-off?
Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao match will be happening on Friday, 3rd January 2020 at 20:00 (BST).
Where is Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao being played?
Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao match will be played at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
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Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
Athletic Club have truly improved in their recent matches. They have six successes in their last 10 matches and have overseen four clean sheets in their last five matches. Be that as it may, a haze of poor shows on the road clings above them. They have not done well away from home, particularly in La Liga. Also, here they get the chance to confront a Sevilla side that has been finding real success at home and have not been yielding a great deal at home. In light of the two sides’ home and away forms, and the way that none of the last 15 matches between the two has produced a draw, we are going for a Sevilla win.
Sevilla were on the road the last match-day and had won against the recently advanced Mallorca. In the meantime, Athletic too had an incredible encounter, and that on the road the earlier game week. They had traveled to the Santiago Bernabeu and held the mighty Real Madrid to a draw.
In any case, as things stand, Bilbao are on the back foot immediately. Not only are they on the road, yet they have failed to make any sort of an effect in away games this campaign. Indeed, the team has had a total of only two successes from home this season.
One of those successes had come against Osasuna, a recently-promoted squad, and another was in the Cop del Rey, against another lower-tier team.
What’s more, Bilbao were additionally winless in 17 of their last 20 road fixtures, and they are so in their last three overall straight league match-ups.
Then again, Sevilla won seven of their past ten games and were additionally unbeaten in 13 of their last 15 matches. At home, they have lost only twice in their earlier fifteen appearances.
Moreover, Sevilla had won the most recent h2h encounter, and they also had recorded 15 of the last 18 h2h wins at this venue. In addition, 14 of the preceding 18 overall h2h wins had gone to the teams that hosted the fixture.
Sevilla tend to be strong at home, while Athletic’s away form is questionable, to say the least. We are backing the home win, but at odds of 8/13 is not the best value. The other bet we are backing is the under 2.5 goals, as both sides have been involved in low-scoring games of late, so this game could follow suit.
Sevilla uncharacteristically lost their last home league game of 2019 to Villarreal but they will know a strong record in the second half of the season will give them a great chance of Champions League qualification. Bilbao are a tough opponent, however, so expect a low-scoring and cagey game.
Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao Predicted Lineups
Predicted lineup: Vaclik; Jesus Navas, Carrico, Diego Carlos, Escudero; Joan Jordan, Fernando, Banega; Ocampos, De Jong, Munir
Unavailable: Reguilon (Suspended), Hernandez (Injured), Dabour (Injured)
Predicted lineup: Unai Simon; Ander Capa, Unai Nunez, Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Yuri; Raul Garcia, Unai Lopez, Dani Garcia; Inaki Williams, Inigo Cordoba
Unavailable: Oihan Sancet (Suspended), Muniain (Injured), De Marcos (Injured)
Doubtful: Aduriz (Injured)