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Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds
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Simon, Unai
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Soler, Carlos
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Petxa, Alex
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Vesga, Mikel
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Williams, Inaki
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Guillamon, Hugo
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Musah, Yunus
Guedes, Goncalo
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Ilaix, Moriba
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Williams, Nicholas
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These two played out four consecutive draws before Valencia beat Athletic 1-0 in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg just two months ago. Los Che have won just one of their last 11 visits to Bilbao, albeit that victory came in 2019. 

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Both teams to score is 21/10.

Athletic Club to win and over 2.5 goals is 8/5.

Iñaki Williams, amazingly, has never scored in 15 appearances against Valencia. He is 7/2 to break the deadlock and 11/10 to put that right here.

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Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

VALENCIA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 20: Bryan Gil of FC Valencia and Sergino Dest of FC Barcelona battle for the ball during the La Liga Santader match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on February 20, 2022 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Athletic Club Bilbao very much back in the race for European football.

Last Saturday night, the Lions beat Atlético Madrid 2-0 at San Mamés, thanks to an early own goal and a Panenka penalty from Iñaki Williams.

That’s now back-to-back wins for Athletic who’ve taken 27 points from 15 games in 2022, which is far from amazing but certainly isn’t bad.

Last Saturday’s victory means Marcelino’s men remain eighth, but are now just one point below Villarreal who occupy the final European position.

After this, Athletic conclude the campaign with games against Granada, Osasuna and Sevilla, so there’s certainly points to be accumulated.

For Marcelino personally, with presidential elections coming up at the club in July, a top seven finish would make him more secure in his job.

Valencia meanwhile are the other huge Spanish club outside the top seven just now but their season seems to be petering out.

A fortnight ago, los Murciélagos were beaten on penalties by Real Betis in the Copa del Rey Final; teenager Yunus Musah the only man to miss from 12 yards.

In La Liga, they were held to a 1-1 draw by local-rivals and bottom of the table Levante in Derby del Turia last weekend.

Hugo Duro opened the scoring at Mestalla, but José Luis Gayà was sent off shortly after with Levante snatching a draw late on.

So, José Bordalás’ side are now winless in five and have slipped down to tenth; who knows if he’ll still be in his job come August.

Given all this, Athletic Club will feel this is a golden opportunity to claim three points.

Athletic Bilbao team news

Iker Muniain

BILBAO, SPAIN – AUGUST 20: Iker Muniain of Athletic Club reacts during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and Getafe at at San Mames Stadium on August 20, 2017 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Athletic are spoilt for choice at centre-back now that they’re all fit again.

Iñigo Martínez and Yeray Álvarez got the nod last weekend but Dani Vivian and Unai Núñez are good alternatives.

Iñaki Williams will continue to lead the line having now appeared in 227 successive La Liga matches.

He last missed one on 17 April 2016 against Málaga; remarkable.

His brother Nico was also very bright last weekend so could keep his place, alongside Raúl García and Iker Miniain as the front quartet.

Valencia team news

Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

Gonçalo Guedes of Valencia CF (L) and Levante’s defender Carlos Clerc during La Liga Match between Levante and Valencia cf at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium on December 20, 2021. (Photo by Jose Miguel Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

José Luis Gayà’s red card in last weekend’s derby means he is suspended for this one.

So Jesús Vázquez, who’d been starting when Gayà was out injured, will come back in at left-back.

Giorgi Mamardashvili will continue to get the nod in goal, over the vastly more experienced pair of Jasper Cillessen and Jaume Doménech.

José Bordalás went for Hugo Guillamón and Uroš Račić as his midfield duo last weekend, chosen over Yunus Musah.

Maxi Gómez is fit again but Gonçalo Guedes and Hugo Duro could continue up front.

Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia CF form
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Sevilla FC vs Athletic Bilbao - 1:0
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Athletic Bilbao vs CA Osasuna - 2:0
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Granada CF vs Athletic Bilbao - 1:0
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Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia CF - 0:0
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Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid - 2:0
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Valencia CF vs RC Celta de Vigo - 2:0
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Espanyol Barcelona vs Valencia CF - 1:1
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Valencia CF vs Real Betis Seville - 0:3
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Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia CF - 0:0
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Valencia CF vs Levante UD - 1:1
Last 5 games for Athletic Bilbao
May 22, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Sevilla FC 1  - 0 Athletic Bilbao
May 15, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Athletic Bilbao 2  - 0 CA Osasuna
May 10, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Granada CF 1  - 0 Athletic Bilbao
May 7, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Athletic Bilbao 0  - 0 Valencia CF
April 30, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Athletic Bilbao 2  - 0 Atletico Madrid
Last 5 games for Valencia CF
May 21, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Valencia CF 2  - 0 RC Celta de Vigo
May 14, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Espanyol Barcelona 1  - 1 Valencia CF
May 10, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Valencia CF 0  - 3 Real Betis Seville
May 7, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Athletic Bilbao 0  - 0 Valencia CF
April 30, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Valencia CF 1  - 1 Levante UD
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia CF LaLiga 21/22 form
Athletic Bilbao Valencia CF
38 Matches played 38
14 Matches won 11
404 Goal attempts 331
154 Shots on goal 133
168 Shots off goal 139
224 Corner kicks 175
48% Average ball possession 46%
82 Shots blocked 59
91 Cards given 135
575 Free kicks 691
84 Offsides 52
6 Shots on post 5
6 Shots on bar 6
31 Goals by foot 36
9 Goals by head 9
43 Goals scored 48
36 Goals conceded 53
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia CF statistics for most recent head to head matches
Athletic Bilbao Valencia CF
62 Matches 62
31 Home Matches 31
31 Away Matches 31
66 Total Goals 84
1.06 Average Goals Scored 1.35
16 Wins 26
26 Losses 16
20 Draws 20
Last 5 games & match results between Athletic Bilbao and Valencia CF
May 7, 2022 LaLiga 21/22 Athletic Bilbao 0  - 0 Valencia CF
March 2, 2022 Copa del Rey 21/22 Valencia CF 1  - 0 Athletic Bilbao
February 10, 2022 Copa del Rey 21/22 Athletic Bilbao 1  - 1 Valencia CF
September 25, 2021 LaLiga 21/22 Valencia CF 1  - 1 Athletic Bilbao
February 7, 2021 LaLiga 20/21 Athletic Bilbao 1  - 1 Valencia CF

La Liga table:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Athletic Bilbao 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Atletico Madrid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 CA Osasuna 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Cadiz CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Elche CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Espanyol Barcelona 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 FC Barcelona 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Getafe CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Girona FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Rayo Vallecano 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 RC Celta de Vigo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 RCD Mallorca 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Real Betis Seville 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Real Madrid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Real Sociedad San Sebastian 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Real Valladolid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Sevilla FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 UD Almeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Valencia CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Villarreal CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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14:15, Saturday 07 May 2022