PREDICTION FOR Espanyol – Athletic Bilbao :
– Under 2,5 goals 1.62
Espanyol – Athletic Bilbao – Even though the Spanish Primera divide them in even six positions, 14th Espanyol ahead of this 19th-round match has only a backlog for eighth Athletic from Bilbao. Otherwise, both teams are in the uphill form, while adding that last season they played the match without a goal, and in Bilbao there was 2: 0 for the host.
But now Espanyol also expects a triumph over the Basque country, especially since they have been in the last homecoming in Primera for 1: 0 over the second-placed Atletico from Madrid. Then, with the same result they came to the guest victory over Malaga, so now they have eight points less than the team from the dangerous zone, which in fact means that much more ruthless can enter this clash with always unpleasant Basques.
And as far as they actually meant these two linked victories in the championships, they were best confirmed in last week’s Champions Cup match, when they celebrated with a 2: 0 victory over Levante in the back match of the eighth finals and ended up with a total of 2: 1 next round of this competition. Nevertheless, in this match Primera will much forgive the suspended striker David Lopez and the midfielder Fuego, while questioning is the performance of the rotten stunt Duarte.
For the guests from Bilbao we also said that they are in a great mood with this match with Espanyol, given that in the last four appearances they have entered even three wins and one remi in the domestic match with Sociedad. As far as these wins are concerned, they first made a 2: 1 home away from home at Levante, so with 2: 0 on the side of the Betis team and at home Alaves, which actually gave them a break in the upper part of the table.
But Ziganda is most impressed by the fact that three games in a row have succeeded in preserving their net, so it is quite realistic to expect Espanyol to be similarly defended in defense. However, instead of the injured defender de Marcos, this should take Lekue from the first minute, while the rest of the starting position should remain the same, especially as the goalkeeper Arrizabalaga, Balenciaga defender and wing winger Muniain are still injured.