Athletic Bilbao vs Getafe Betting Tips

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Athletic Bilbao

      Tip Reasoning

      After ending their long trophy drought with a wonderful 5-1 aggregate Super Cup win over Barcelona, the Basques have made a sluggish start to the league season. They were beaten by Barca 1-0 on the opening day before an embarrassing derby defeat at Eibar last time out.

      They may just have needed the international break to re-group and re-focus and will be desperate to bounce back with a win here to get their league season up and running. This doesn’t look like a bad fixture either to do that in given Getafe are the only other side to be without a point after 2 games.

      Getafe fought well at Espanyol on the opening day but were beaten 1-0 however of more concern was their showing at home to relegation candidates Granada last time out. They were 2-0 down within the first half-hour and a late goal from Lafita was little more than a consolation.

      Getafe are also are among the favourites for the drop and when you consider how they ended last season you have to be worried for them. They haven’t won any of their last 10 La Liga matches and have lost 8 of the last 9 which includes a crushing 4-0 defeat in Bilbao as recently as April.

      Confidence in the Getafe camp will be really low and they may opt for a cautious approach here given they’ve conceded 20 goals in their last 5 away matches in the league, only scoring in one of them.

      Given Athletic only select Basque players and none of them are involved in the Spanish national squad right now, they’ve had a full two weeks to prepare for this game with their entire squad in training. Therefore we could see a much better showing from them here and they are good value to win to nil at 13/10.

      It might not be as easy as the last time these sides met though. If they can get a couple ahead, manager Ernesto Valverde may withdraw a couple of players and keep things tight with a Europa League game coming up this week.

      So a solid 2-0 home win looks a likely outcome here and you can back that to be the case at 11/2.


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