Real Betis Vs Athletic Bilbao: Spanish La Liga Match Preview & Betting Predictions
With 11 games to go in the Spanish La Liga, we’re at the stage of the season where the title seems destined to be Real Madrid’s.
This leaves the relegation battle and the fight for the European spots as the highlights of a somewhat disappointing season.
In today’s fixture, we have two teams who will be eager to play European football next season and who both have a realistic chance at catching the teams before them on the table.
The home side, Real Betis have been a revelation this season. Despite their recent poor form, they’re just two points behind Barcelona and will try to win to capitalize on any slip-ups by the Catalan giants.
You’d have to go all the way back to the ‘16/17 season for the last time Athletic Bilbao finished in a European spot. They will be eager to put their recent mid table finishes behind them and finish strong to end this season.
Where will the game be won and lost? As usual, we have previewed the game below. Enjoy!
Real Betis Vs Athletic Bilbao H2H
The away team have the advantage here. In 42 games, Bilbao have 18 wins while Betis have won 11 games. The fixture has also ended in a draw 13 times.
Bilbao have dominated this fixture in the last five games with 3 wins. The two clubs have also split the points twice in that period.
The home side’s form is abysmal in their last five games with three losses and two draws. (Form: L-L-D-L-D)
Bilbao’s form in that period has been better. The Basque side have two wins and three losses in their last five games. (W-L-L-W-L)
Real Betis Vs Athletic Bilbao Team News
For Betis, Arsenal loanee, Hector Bellerin will miss this game, along with Victor Camarasa, Andres Guardado, Martin Montoya and Alex Moreno.
Athletic Bilbao coach, Marcelino will be glad to have Iñaki Williams back. The Spanish forward has started Bilbao’s last two games since his return and is their most dangerous player. The Betis defence will have to track him closely to ensure that he cannot hurt them with his pace. Dani Garcia is still out and will be missed as well.
Real Betis Vs Athletic Bilbao Match Prediction
Both teams would like a win to further their aspirations to finish in the European slots. Expect a high-scoring affair.
Our pick: Over 2.5 goals