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Athletic Bilbao vs Eibar Betting Tips

Published on 11:00am GMT 24 January 2016

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      Athletic Bilbao vs Eibar Predictions


      Eibar are having a sensational season and picked up their biggest ever win in La Liga last weekend when they thumped Granada 5-1 at home. They were also 4-0 winners in their most recent away match and in Borja Bastón have the most prolific striker outside of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Eibar are also now joint 3rd in the goalscoring charts behind those two clubs, a complete transformation from the Second Half of last season when they were drawing blanks with alarming regularity.

      They come into this game on the back of 4 straight top flight wins for the first time, which have moved them above opponents Athletic Bilbao and into the top six.

      Even if they win here Athletic will be 2 points behind their little neighbours so even though they are having a pretty good season, they are under a bit of pressure to win this. They’ve had a tough week too after having Iraizoz sent off in just the 4th minute at the Camp Nou last weekend. A 6-0 defeat was no surprise given that and they were beaten again by Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey in midweek by a 2-1 scoreline at San Mames.

      Barca and Real Madrid are the only sides to have won in Bilbao in La Liga over the past 12 months though so they are strong at home and like Eibar have been more positive in their approach this season but they have only kept 3 clean sheets in 9 home outings in La Liga this season. Therefore backing both teams to score in this one at Evens certainly looks like a tempting bet given how many goals Eibar have been scoring.

      Basque derbies between these two clubs have been very evenly contested since Eibar’s shock promotion in 2014. They’d never previously met in a league match but it currently stands at one win each with one draw after Eibar beat Athletic earlier this season.

      They’ve had the advantage of a full week to prepare for this whereas Athletic were involved in the Copa del Rey so Eibar should be the fresher of the two teams and the way they are playing are certainly capable of getting a result. For big potential returns consider backing this to finish in an entertaining 2-2 draw at 18/1.

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