Athletic Bilbao (@1.66) vs Alaves (@6.5)

Our Prediction:

Athletic Bilbao will win

Athletic Bilbao – Alaves Match Prediction | 23-09-2019 12:30

This game really does not have the feel of one that will produce many goals. Its hard to see anything other than a tight, tense derby match developing but Athletic have been consistently getting the results at home since the coaching change last autumn and they may just edge it. Alaves 4 games so far have produced just 4 goals in total while Athletics games have only produced one more.

Los Babazorros booked their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on four occasions and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy. Anyhow, that is still regarded as the clubs biggest success. The color of Alaves home kit is blue and white and the clubs local rivals are fellow Basque sides Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Osasuna and Eibar. Alaves made it to the UEFA CUP final in 2001, but they were beaten by Liverpool 5-4 in a thrilling football clash.

Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Match Preview

We see a small number of goals on their away games, with the last 4 consecutive matches producing under 2.5. As it was already said, Alaves is a bad guest. They win rarely as an away side, but this season they hope that things can change. They have one injured player. Burgui will not suit up for this game. Their defense is looking good as of now, but their first real threat will be here, with Ath Bilbao being one of the best home teams in La Liga.

This game will be played on September 22nd, at the Estadio San Mames in Bilbao, Spain. The referee will be J.Manzano from Spain. In this match preview, I will try to provide the best betting tips and correct score predictions based on my analysis of these two teams. An interesting game is upon us, in which Ath Bilbao is being listed as a favorite. Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves prediction comes ahead of the Spanish La Liga fifth-round duel between these two.

Theyll be clear underdogs here though as the two Garitanos (no relation) go head to head in the dugout. Athletic have another Basque derby at San Mames here having beaten rivals Real Sociedad in their most recent home match. Their record against Alaves hasnt been great though in recent times with the Vitoria outfit having only suffered one defeat against the neighbours since returning to the top flight in 2016.

Alaves Team News

The club from Bilbao is playing in the highest Spanish division since its founded in 1928 and is next to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for a longest period of time in the Primera Division. Athletic de Bilbao used to play until 2012 in the San Mames stadium (also known as La Catedral). Athletic Club (mostly known as Athletic de Bilbao) is a Spanish football club from the Bask region which is playing currently in the Primera Division.

That may not exactly be the recipe for a classic here but Basque derbies are always fascinating in their own way and itll be interesting to see if Athletic have the creativity to open Alaves up if they do come here with a park the bus attitude. The similarities between these two coaches go beyond their shared surnames with both placing great emphasis on hard work and sold defensive foundations.

Theyve seen Sevilla (0-1 loss at home ground) end their unbeaten streak and bouncing back quickly will be no easy task for Asier Garitanos men we feel. Deportivo Alaves have, on the other hand, kicked it off with a win over Levante (1-0) but struggled to build on the Matchday 1 win as they earned just two more points.

Head to Head

San Mames Barria will host a small Basque derby between Athletic Club and Deportivo Alaves. Athletic Club aim to extend their unbeaten run in the 2019/2020 La Liga campaign and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their fourth clean sheet of the season. The Lions are a real force to be reckoned with at home and given Deportivo Alaves poor performance in a 1-0 loss to Sevilla, we are tempted to put our money on Inaki Williams and Co.

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They are one of just two sides yet to lose at home this season in the Spanish top flight and given that and Athletics general struggles, all the value here looks to lie with then hosts. Alaves meanwhile have been very solid at home this term, conceding just 0.71 goals per game on average in front of their own fans.

Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves H2H Last Matches

Both of these teams started this season in the same way. Ath Bilbao looks stronger than Alaves up to this day. I looked at their recent performances and their styles of play, as well as other factors like tradition while I was crafting my selection. If we take everything I said, it points to the home win with under 2.5 goals scored.