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

Our Prediction:

Athletic Bilbao will win

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

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.

In truth though Alaves have over-achieved this season and its no great surprise that they havent managed to last the distance in the race for the top four and even Europa League football is looking tough now. Alaves have hit their first real poor run of form of the season. An injury to impressive centre-back Guillermo Maripn has been untimely and has contributed to this current 6 game winless streak.

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This game will be played on September 22nd, at the Estadio San Mames in Bilbao, Spain. The referee will be J.Manzano from Spain. In this match preview, I will try to provide the best betting tips and correct score predictions based on my analysis of these two teams. An interesting game is upon us, in which Ath Bilbao is being listed as a favorite. Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves prediction comes ahead of the Spanish La Liga fifth-round duel between these two.

The club from Bilbao is playing in the highest Spanish division since its founded in 1928 and is next to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for a longest period of time in the Primera Division. Athletic de Bilbao used to play until 2012 in the San Mames stadium (also known as La Catedral). Athletic Club (mostly known as Athletic de Bilbao) is a Spanish football club from the Bask region which is playing currently in the Primera Division.

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.

Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves Match Preview & Prediction

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.

And while he never got a chance to shine at Etihad Stadium, Guidetti proved a great deal of potential during loan spells with Feyenoord and Celtic, and eventually earned a permanent contract with La Liga high flyers Celta Vigo.The talented striker has yet to nail down a regular starting berth at Balaidos, but he has been using the time spent on the pitch wisely, and continued his goalscoring form in Spains top flight.

The visitors have netted two goals in total in the new La Liga season, which is yet another reason why we predict the hosts will emerge triumphant in the Basque derby. Experienced attacker Aritz Aduriz, who missed a penalty in a goalless draw with Mallorca, is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up against Alaves and the opposition defenders should have him at bay.

Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves Odds

We see a small number of goals on their away games, with the last 4 consecutive matches producing under 2.5. As it was already said, Alaves is a bad guest. They win rarely as an away side, but this season they hope that things can change. They have one injured player. Burgui will not suit up for this game. Their defense is looking good as of now, but their first real threat will be here, with Ath Bilbao being one of the best home teams in La Liga.

They are one of just two sides yet to lose at home this season in the Spanish top flight and given that and Athletics general struggles, all the value here looks to lie with then hosts. Alaves meanwhile have been very solid at home this term, conceding just 0.71 goals per game on average in front of their own fans.