Athletic Bilbao (@1.66) vs Alaves (@6.5)
23-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Athletic Bilbao will win

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

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They may even think they can climb a place higher than 7th which would be a huge bonus as it would most likely see them straight into the group stages of the Europa League rather than the 2nd Qualifying Round. They still have one or two injuries to contend with here but Gaizka Garitano is boosted by the return of Raul Garcia from suspension which adds to his midfield options. Victory for the hosts would all but guarantee European football, a remarkable turnaround given where they were in the Autumn.

They are yet to lose this season with two home wins and two away draws to show for their efforts so far. They were perhaps a bit fortunate to come away with a point from their trip to Mallorca last time out, although in truth they would have left slightly disappointed after Aritz Aduriz missed a last minute penalty that would have seen Athletic move to the top of the table. Gaizka Garitano has done a fantastic job with Athletic.

Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves Match Preview & Prediction

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.

The Lions, on the other hand, are having a season to forget, with the team sitting in the relegation zone ahead of Matchday 16. 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. Estadio de Mendizorroza will host Mondays football game between Deportivo Alaves and Athletic Club, the two Basque clubs. 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. 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.

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.

The capacity of the stadium is 19,840 and it has to be noted that it is the third oldest stadium in Spanish football. The club were founded in 1921 and they play their home games at Estadio Mendizorrotza. After spending several years in the Spanish Segunda Division, los Babazorros returned to the top flight in 2016. Alaves is a Spanish football club located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava.

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This game really does not have the feel of one that will produce many goals. Its hard to see anything other than a tight, tense derby match developing but Athletic have been consistently getting the results at home since the coaching change last autumn and they may just edge it. Alaves 4 games so far have produced just 4 goals in total while Athletics games have only produced one more.

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.

Alaves have only conceded twice so far this season although one of those goals did lead to their first defeat last time out against Sevilla. He looks to have instantly instilled some real defensive discipline in this side, something he failed to do at Real Sociedad last season where there was perhaps more onus on him to play attacking football. Alaves meanwhile have made a solid start under Asier Garitano.

Theyve seen Sevilla (0-1 loss at home ground) end their unbeaten streak and bouncing back quickly will be no easy task for Asier Garitanos men we feel. Deportivo Alaves have, on the other hand, kicked it off with a win over Levante (1-0) but struggled to build on the Matchday 1 win as they earned just two more points.