Nicaraguan Primera Division Nicaraguan Primera Division

Betis vs Athletic Bilbao

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Sunday, 08 Dec 2019 13:30

Our Predictions

Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction Verdict

After a thorough analysis of stats, recent form and H2H through Bettingsuretips´s algorithm, as well as, tipsters advice for the match Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao this is our Prediction:

Yes for Both Teams to Score, with a percentage of 53%.

For Total Goals, we predict Under 3.5, that have a probability of 56%

Reason For Betis vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips

  • Athletic Bilbao travel to Benito Villamarin on the back of three straight league wins. Gaizka Garitano’s side are fifth in the table, 13 places and 12 points better off than they were at this stage last term.
  • However, Los Leones have won just one of their seven away matches this term, drawing four and losing two.
  • Real Betis have posted four wins, two draws and two defeats from their eight home matches this season. All of Los Verdiblancos’ games at Benito Villamarin this term have seen both teams score.

Betis beginning to find their feet under Rubi

Real Betis were flirting with the possibility of a relegation dogfight this season after losing five and winning just two of their first 10 matches; however, Los Verdiblancos have picked up markedly since the end of October with three wins and a draw from their last five, including a 2-1 success over Valencia when last at Benito Villamarin a fortnight ago.

Last weekend’s win by the same scoreline away to Mallorca lifted Rubi’s charges up to 12th in the table and they are now a comfortable six points clear of the bottom three going into this Sunday’s clash with Athletic Bilbao.

It’s still perhaps a little optimistic to expect great things from Los Verdiblancos this season, but things certainly look a lot more promising for the Andalusians after such a dreadful start to Rubi’s tenure.

Bilbao in blistering form

Athletic Bilbao endured a five match winless run in September through October after a strong start to the campaign, but the Basque giants have been right back on song over the past few weeks. They’ve registered four wins and a draw from their last five games.

A confidence-boosting 3-0 success at home to struggling Espanyol was a major catalyst for Gaizka Garitano’s side at the end of October, and following a decent 0-0 stalemate away to Villarreal next time out, Los Leones have gone on to beat Levante (2-1), Osasuna (1-2) and Granada (2-0).

Bilbao have surged up to fifth in the table as a result and head into Sunday’s clash at Benito Villamarin level on points with main rivals Real Sociedad (fourth) and just five adrift of joint leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid. Nonetheless, Garitano’s side are rated as underdogs by the bookmakers and that’s largely due to the fact their aforementioned win against Osasuna is their only triumph from seven outings on the road this season (W1, D4, and L2).

Both teams capable of hitting the mark

Betis’ home matches this term have been open affairs, with both teams scoring in all eight games at Benito Villamarin. That stat can’t be ignored here, especially as there shouldn’t be too much between the teams. League positions and overall form indicate Bilbao are the more complete side; however, Los Verdiblancos have accrued 14 points from their last seven at home, which evens things out considering Los Leones have won just one from seven on the road.

Bilbao boast the best defence in La Liga with just nine goals conceded although they have kept just two clean sheets on their travels, so both teams to score looks a cracking bet this weekend with a 1-1 scoreline also predicted.

Betis have the attacking ammunition to cause the visitors plenty of problems but they’re unlikely to breach Bilbao more than once based on Los Leones’ defensive stats, while four of Bilbao’s seven away matches this term have finished all square. On that basis, 1-1 appears the most likely outcome in Andalusia on Matchday 16 for what should be an intriguing clash between two in-form sides.

Match Odds

Home win: 2.30

Away win: 3.27

Draw: 3.23

Over 2.5 goals: 2.17

Under 2.5 goals: 1.70