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

Our Prediction:

Athletic Bilbao will win

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

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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.

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).

Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves H2H

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.

Playing alongside Nolito and Iago Aspas at club level as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Berg on international stage is bound to further aid the players development, and many believe he will go on to become one of Swedens best ever strikers.Guidetti has so far only made a handful of appearances for Blagult, but that is bound to change in years to come.

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.

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.

Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves H2H Last Matches

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.

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.

In the first game under the stewardship of new boss Gaizka Garitano, they claimed 3 points in dramatic fashion as veteran striker Aritz Aduriz scored the games only goal and his first of the season in La Liga from the penalty spot in the 92nd minute. Belief has been lacking pretty much all season as far as Athletic Bilbao are concerned but they picked up a huge 3 points last Monday.

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.

Athletic Bilbao vs Deportivo Alaves Score Prediction

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.

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.