Valencia v Athletic Bilbao Preview

March 8, 2014 | By

Southampton v Chelsea PreviewPrimera La Liga action Sunday Evening comes from the Estadio de Mestalla featuring Valencia versus Athletic Bilbao.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 20:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Valencia v Athletic Bilbao Preview, Primera La Liga, Sunday 9th March 2014

Valencia are having an awful season and look unlikely to qualify for any of the European places next season unless they can go on a lengthy winning run, but with Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side having lost 1-0 away to Rayo Vallecano last time out the whole squad must be suffering from low confidence and the manager will have a difficult job in getting his players in the right frame of mind for this tough encounter come sunday night.

Athletic Bilbao are having no such problems and are currently occupying 4th position in the league table at the moment and with it a Champions League place and with a 4pt lead over 5th placed Villarreal a victory for Ernesto Valverde and his side in this game would put them very much on course to achieving that sought after European place.

Valencia v Athletic Bilbao Team News

Valencia Team News:

Valencia manager Juan Antonio Pizzi has pretty much a full squad to choose his starting lineup from for this game with the only player unavailable at the moment being midfielder Oriol Romueu who is still out receiving treatment and not expected back until around the end of March.

21 year old Brazilian striker Jonas will lead the attack up front this game and as the clubs current top goalscorer this season he will be looking to add more goals to his 9 scored already.

Athletic Bilbao Team News:

No reported injuries or suspensions for Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde to contend with, so he will be able to pick his strongest lineup available for this game which looks likely to include Aduriz and Ibai leading the attack up front who between them have scored 17 times this season.

Valencia v Athletic Bilbao Head to Head Statistics

Sunday night’s game from the Estadio de Mestalla will become the 42nd meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Valencia have managed 20 wins, (14 at the Estadio de Mestalla) and Athletic Bilbao have managed 11 wins (1 at the Estadio de Mestalla) with the remaining 10 games having finished all tied, (5 at the Estadio de Mestalla).

As we can see from the head to head statistics table shown below, Valencia have a slight advantage having won 2 times compared to Athletic Bilbao having only managed 1 victory and the remaining two games having finished all tied.

06/10/13 PRD Athletic Bilbao – Valencia
1 : 1
10/03/13 PRD Athletic Bilbao – Valencia 1 : 0
20/10/12 PRD Valencia – Athletic Bilbao
3 : 2
18/03/12 PRD Atheltic Bilbao – Valencia 0 : 3
23/10/11 PRD Valencia – Athletic Bilbao 1 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

A total of 118 Goals have been scored in the previous 41 meetings between these two clubs over the years which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.87.

63 of these goals have been scored in the previous 20 meetings played at the Estadio de Mestalla, which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.15.

Both average goals per game statistics suggest that this match on sunday evening should see it’s fair share of goals scored with at least 2 or 3 hitting the back of the nets.

Valencia v Athletic Bilbao Recent Form (Left to Right)

Valencia: D W W D L

Athletic Bilbao: D D L W W

Valencia head into this game having been defeated last time out against Rayo Vallecano when losing 1-0 away from home, where as Athletic Bilbao head into the game having won their last two matches on the bounce and although both clubs have exactly the same results in the last five matches played, the advantage definitely has to be with the visitors here as the confidence of their players will be at a much higher level than that of their opponents.

Valencia v Athletic Bilbao Match Betting Odds Market.

Valencia are having a very poor season and are at risk of failing to qualify for any European competition’s unless the can start beating the sides current occupying positions above them, so it will be extremely important for the hosts to win this game and with a very impressive record against Athletic Bilbao over the years, it should come as no real shock to see the online bookmakers having Valencia priced up as the clear favourites to win this game at a current best price of 5/4 with Bet365 (£200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers).

The Draw is certainly a very valid outcome here as with the reverse fixture this season having finished all square between the two sides and both clubs desperate for points to secure a place in Europe next season, it could be a sensible choice to get on the draw as your main cover bet here at odds of 5/2 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers).

Athletic Bilbao are 15pts ahead of Valencia in the league table and for me have by far a better squad than their hosts and although they have not enjoyed much success at the Estadio de Mestalla over the years, I do believe they look the more likely winners of this game and at a current best price of 23/10 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) these odds represent huge value in my opinion.

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Valencia v Athletic Bilbao Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

I have not been at all impressed with Valencia this season and it comes as no real surprise to see the club languishing in 9th position of the Primera La Liga table and although they have enjoyed tremendous success against Athletic Bilbao over the years in this fixture, I can certainly see the visitors proving very difficult to beat and those statistics about to change.

The average goals per game statistics are suggesting this match to see at least two or three goals scored on sunday night and with the attacking array of talent on show from both squads, betting markets like Both Teams to Score YES and Over 2.5 Goals could be worth a closer look in the search for some value.

However, I am going to stick with the visitors to carry on their excellent form this season and add another 3pts to their total which will go a long way to securing them a place in the Europe next season and to play it safe, I am going to cover the draw as my main saver bet here.

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