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Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla Meet Again
11 January 2019, 11:34
Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla Meet Again
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Having played in the Copa de Rey on Thursday night, Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla lock horns once more but this time in La Liga.  The match will take place on Sunday at the San Mamés Barria with the teams needing a win for different reasons.

Athletic Bilbao start the weekend sitting in 17th place, just 2 points and once place above the relegation zone.  Anything other than a win could see them slip back into the danger zone.

Sevilla will consider themselves part of the title race this season.  They are third in the table ahead of the weekend fixtures, 7 points behind leaders Barcelona.  A win could see the move up to second place.

Athletic Bilbao will be disappointed to have lost the first leg of their Copa del Rey round of 16 tie to Sevilla but overall performance has seen an improvement recently. They have lost just one of their last six games in all competitions, which was the defeat in the Copa del Rey.

La Liga form shows Athletic Bilbao have won two and drawn two of their last four matches.  There has been wins over Girona at home and Celta Vigo away plus draws with Deportivo Alaves away and Real Valladolid at home.

Despite having only one defeat in their last eight games in all competitions, trends show Athletic Bilbao have won just four of their last twenty-five games, which is a very poor record.  They have failed to score more than a single goal in each of their last seven home La Liga games and have seen under 2.5 goals in each of the last four.

Sevilla make the trip north for the second time in a week having won the Copa del Rey first leg tie on Thursday and will be feeling good about their chances of winning this one. Trend show Sevilla are in good form in La Liga have remained undefeated in their last nine La Liga matches.  Their good run extends beyond that and they have lost only three of their last twenty-two La Liga games.

However, Sevilla may be undefeated in their last four away La Liga matches but they have failed to win any of the last five, drawing each of the last four.  Sevilla have seen under 2.5 goals in each of their last four away league games.

Team news and Athletic Bilbao are without the injured duo of Mikel Rico and Inigo Lekue.  Yeray could come back into the defence following suspension but Yuri is injured and could be replaced at left-back by Mikel Balenziaga.

Sevilla travel without Franco Vazquez and Daniel Carrico who are both serving a suspension.  Gabi Mercado returns from a ban but may be forced to settle for a place on the bench with Joris Gnagnon starting in defence.

Athletic Bilbao will be hoping to continue their La Liga revival this weekend but it could come to an end at the hands of Sevilla.  The visitors are looking good this season and could come away with a narrow one goal victory.

Predictions for La Liga

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Real BetisGirona FC
20/01/2019 11:00
1
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Villarreal CFAthletic Bilbao
20/01/2019 15:15
X
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Levante UDReal Valladolid
20/01/2019 17:30
X
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Rayo VallecanoReal Sociedad
20/01/2019 17:30
2

Spain La Liga - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. FC Barcelona 43 19 13 4 2 53 20 33
2. Atlético Madrid 41 20 11 8 1 30 13 17
3. Real Madrid 36 20 11 3 6 30 24 6
4. Sevilla FC 33 20 9 6 5 31 22 9
5. Deportivo Alavés 32 20 9 5 6 22 23 -1
6. Getafe CF 31 20 8 7 5 25 16 9
7. Valencia CF 26 20 5 11 4 19 18 1
8. Real Betis 26 19 7 5 7 22 23 -1
9. Real Sociedad 25 19 7 4 8 23 22 1
10. Girona FC 24 19 5 9 5 21 23 -2
11. RCD Espanyol 24 19 7 3 9 21 27 -6
12. Levante UD 23 19 6 5 8 30 35 -5
13. SD Eibar 22 19 5 7 7 21 28 -7
14. Athletic Bilbao 22 19 4 10 5 20 25 -5
15. CD Leganes 22 19 5 7 7 17 21 -4
16. Real Valladolid 22 19 5 7 7 17 21 -4
17. Celta de Vigo 21 20 5 6 9 32 34 -2
18. Rayo Vallecano 19 19 5 4 10 22 34 -12
19. Villarreal CF 17 19 3 8 8 20 25 -5
20. SD Huesca 11 20 2 5 13 17 39 -22

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