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Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions

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  • Estadio de la Ceramica
Villarreal
Athletic Bilbao

Both Teams To Score - No

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Villarreal 1-0

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Tip Reasoning

  • At least one team has kept a clean sheet in Villarreal’s last six matches
  • Athletic Bilbao have failed to score in their last three away games
  • Villarreal are unbeaten in ten outings at La Ceramica

Villarreal focusing on Europe?

It is hard not to get drawn in by Villarreal’s 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday, but the fact remains they have lost three of their last four games domestically.

Perhaps Unai Emery’s side are putting their eggs in the European basket instead of La Liga, but they failed to score in each of those three defeats and have slumped to six points off fifth place.

Their saving grace is a strong record which includes six wins in ten outings, keeping half a dozen clean sheets in the process, while both teams have scored in just three of their last 13 at all venues.

Bilbao struggling on the road

Athletic Bilbao have now lost four away games in a row and they failed to even score in the last three, against Barcelona, Valencia and Real Betis.

Marcelino García Toral’s side are only a point and a place behind Villarreal in La Liga, but their form on their travels all season has been a problem, picking up just three wins and scoring only 10 goals.

Both teams have netted in two of their last nine on the road, with their only victories during that period coming against Rayo Vallecano and Osasuna.

What muddies the water for this fixture is that Villarreal have the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final next week, so they may well have attentions elsewhere.

I predict both teams will not score in this one, but if the hosts can channel Wednesday night’s performance into this game they should win, so a 1-0 home victory is my correct score prediction.


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