Athletic club Bilbao vs Eibar Match Betting Preview

Athletic Club Bilbao welcome SD Eibar to San Memes on Sunday afternoon in the Basque derby, with both sides neck and neck in the table.

Athletic Club Bilbao Betting News

Athletic Club take on SD Eibar this Sunday as they look to leapfrog their Basque neighbours in one of the weekend’s most intriguing La Liga fixtures of the weekend. Athletic Club Bilbao took on Las Palmas last time out, wherein they subsequently lost 3-1 away from home; their second loss in their last six La Liga matches.

Of the past 18 points available to Athletic Club they have accrued just eight points, indicating they are struggling to find the rhythm which proved so successful for them last season. Notably, Key men Raul Garcia and Aritz Aduriz miss out for the home side, which does weaken Los Leones’ forward line a considerable amount.

Ernesto Valverde will hope for a similar result to their last Basque derby back in October, wherein they beat Real Sociedad in a 3-2 thriller. Interestingly, Athletic Club are undefeated in their last five La Liga matches at San Memes.

SD Eibar Betting News

SD Eibar meanwhile go into Sunday’s clash with the opportunity to open up a four point gap on their Basque rivals. Eibar sit 7th in the table on 21 points, one point clear of Athletic Club after 13 La Liga games so far this season. Last time out the Basque minnows took on Real Betis at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium winning 3-1, extending their run to two consecutive La Liga victories.

Of the past 18 points available Eibar have managed to garner 10 points. However staggeringly, Eibar have failed to win 15 of their last 16 away matches in La Liga. With regard to team news Dani Garcia and Fran Rico will anchor the midfield, but the pair are both just one booking away from suspension, and are at risk of missing an important game next week against Alaves.

Athletic Club vs SD Eibar Match Prediction

Sunday’s Basque derby sees two sides neck in neck in La Liga, with both holding real chances of making a push toward the Europa League qualification places.

Eibar are on a two games winning streak, while Athletic Club are coming off a loss. However, San Memes is a notoriously tough ground to go to, and Eibar are poor on the road. A win for the home side is likely, though they may concede in this thrilling encounter.

Match Betting Tip: Athletic Club Bilbao to win & both teams to score @4.33 at Bet365

: Posted in La Liga • Date: 16.12.2016