Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves Predictions

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Athletic Bilbao

Under 2.5 Match Goals

4/6odds when tipped
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Athletic Bilbao 1-0

9/2odds when tipped
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Tip Reasoning

  • Under 2.5 goals have been scored in six of Athletic Club’s seven La Liga games and in four of Alaves’ six league starts.
  • The teams have netted just eight goals between them in 13 combined league fixtures.
  • Under 2.5 goals have been scored in six of the last eight meetings.

Scrappy all Basque affair at San Mames

Goals have been in short supply for both of these sides so far this term and we expect a trappy all Basque affair when the teams lock horns at San Mames this Friday night.

Fortunately for Alaves, they only needed one goal to upset champions Atletico Madrid at Mendizorroza last weekend, with Victor Laguardia’s fourth minute header proving enough to earn Babazorros a shock result and their first victory of the La Liga campaign.

That was just the second goal netted in six league games though for Alaves, who may struggle to add to that tally on Matchday 8.

Babazorros haven’t won on their last six visits to San Mames (D3, L3), failing to score in four of those encounters, and they face a miserly Bilbao defence here that have already maintained four clean sheets this term, conceding just four goals in total.

But Athletic Club also lack a cutting edge in attack, with Marcelino’s men bagging just six goals overall across their seven La Liga starts. That’s led to six of those fixtures producing under 2.5 goals, which looks the most likely outcome this Friday evening.

The 4/6 about less than three goals being scored is generous when you also factor in that five of the last seven meetings have been low scoring affairs and makes greater appeal than backing the hosts who were turned over at a similar price against Rayo Vallecano on their last home outing.

Nonetheless, Athletic Club look the team to side with in the correct score market based on this season’s overall results and Alaves’ poor record at this venue. With goals unlikely to flow, we’re tipping up a 1-0 correct score in favour of Los Leones.

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