Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol Preview
Espanyol are currently in 16th place in the La Liga standings and are yet to hit their stride this year. The Catalan outfit suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid last week and will need to bounce back in this fixture.
Athletic Bilbao, on the other hand, are in fourth place in the league table at the moment and have been impressive so far this season. The Basque giants thrashed Cadiz by a 4-0 scoreline in their previous game and will look to achieve a similar result this weekend.
Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- Espanyol have a good record against Athletic Bilbao and have won 18 out of the 48 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Athletic Bilbao's 13 victories.
- Athletic Bilbao are unbeaten in their last five matches in La Liga and are closing in on a streak they set against the Catalan outfit in 1946.
- Athletic Bilbao have won five of their last seven La Liga games against Espanyol at the San Mames, with their only home defeat during this period coming in 2018.
- Espanyol have lost their last five La Liga games against teams from the Basque country - their longest such run against teams from this region since 1976.
- Espanyol are winless in their last 10 matches in La Liga and have take only one point from a possible nine so far this season.
- Inaki Williams' run of 236 consecutive games in La Liga will likely come to an end this weekend after the forward suffering an ankle injury against Cadiz last week.
Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol Prediction
Athletic Bilbao have been impressive so far this season and will be intent on securing their place in Europe in the coming months. With Inaki Williams unavailable, the likes of Alex Berenguer and Neco Williams will need to step up and shoulder the goalscoring burden.
Espanyol have been in poor form so far but did give Real Madrid a run for their money last week. Athletic Bilbao are the better team, however, and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Espanyol
Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol Betting Tips
Tip 1: Result - Athletic Bilbao
Tip 2: Game to have over 2.5 goals - Yes
Tip 3: Athletic Bilbao to score first - Yes
Tip 4: Neco Williams to score - Yes