Valencia hosts Athletic Bilbao at Estadio Mestalla, in round 33 of the La Liga. Despite being below expectations this season, Valencia remains undefeated at their home turf. For Athletic Bilbao, it will be their 17th away game in La Liga, with the team having 8 draws as a visitor.
Check our complete match preview and betting prediction for another exciting clash of the Spanish League.
Valencia remains undefeated at Estadio Mestalla
Valencia remains undefeated at Estadio Mestalla, with 9 wins and 7 draws in 16 home matches for La Liga. Only Barcelona and Real Madrid remain undefeated at their home turf in La Liga.
Despite the good home record, Valencia’s season has been well below expectations. Currently sitting 8th in the standings, the team lost 3 out of 5 after La Liga’s reopening. The coach Albert Celades was dismissed after last round and club’s sports director Cesar Sanchez also left the club.
Valencia comes from two consecutive losses and scored just 3 goals in the last 5 games. The club is very unstable at the moment, inside and outside the pitch, and it will be very difficult to overcome it soon. The team still dreams about a place that gives access to next season’s UEFA competitions. For that to happen, Valencia needs to get a good streak in the last 6 games of the season.
Valencia predicted starting lineup
Interim coach Voro Gonzalez will have Garay, Gaya and Piccini sidelined due to injury. Diakhaby remains questionable.
Cillessen; Wass, Hugo Guilamón, Gabriel Paulista and Jaume Costa; Coquelin, Parejo and Kondogbia; Carlos Soler, Gonçalo Guedes and Rodrigo.
Athletic has the 3rd best defensive record in La Liga
With 8 draws in 16 away matches in La Liga, Athletic Bilbao could have been fighting for a place in league’s Top-4 if the team had saved more points away from San Mamés.
With just 2 away wins Athletic struggles to score goals as a visitor. Averaging just one goal per game, the team needs to improve their finishing if they want to win points at Mestalla tonight.
Athletic is a very consistent team defensively. With 28 goals conceded in 32 league matches, the team from the Basque Country has the 3rd best defensive record in La Liga. Only Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have a better record.
Athletic Bilbao predicted starting lineup
Gaizka Garitano doesn´t have major absences for tonight. Only Beñat remains questionable for tonight.
Unai Simón; Capa, Yeray, Inigo Martínez and Yuri; Dani Garcia and Vesga; Raúl Garcia, Ohian Tirapu and Iker Muniain; Iñaki Williams.
We expect a very tight match between two teams that are very close in the standings. One of the best teams playing at home in the league against one of the best defensive records in La Liga. We believe the game will have Under 2,5 goals!