The upcoming match between Real Betis and Athletic Bilbao is going to be ballistic by their quality as they are just separated by one position in between them. Real Betis is holding the 12th position on the points table while Athletic Bilbao has captured the 14th position in the 20 clubs league table. Being the sixth-highest domestic professional sports league in the world and the fourth-highest of any professional association football league in the world, La Liga is behind the Bundesliga, the Premier League, and the Indian Super League.
Both the teams would try to bag the crucial three points to go up to the point table and try to end this season on a happy note. Primera Division though hasn’t reached halfway but it is better for the teams to climb as high up as they can on the league table. After failing to secure a win until their last match against Málaga CF, Real Betis would like to stay on the saddle for this match as well. On the other hand, the home team has registered only one win in their last five matches but hasn’t lost the other four. In the last six clashes between these two teams has Athletic Bilbao won four times and Real Betis has won only once and one match ended up in a draw. However, one can expect the home team Athletic Bilbao to have an edge over their fierce rivals Real Betis in the San Mamés Barria stadium which has a capacity of 53289.
However, if one would consider going by the league positions of both these team then they would bet it all on the away team because they are statistically better than their rivals as of now and that would boost them to show their dominance on the ground. This doesn’t mean that one should rule out the home team because they have somewhere found the middle ground from where they cannot be pushed back. The interesting thing about Spanish football is that you can never be too sure on a particular team as at any moment, the table can be turned.
Tournament – Spanish La Liga 2017
Venue- San Mamés Barria Stadium, Bilbao, Spain
Date and Time- 12:00 AM (IST) on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
RB – L, D, L, L, W
ATH – D, D, D, W, D
Real Betis managed to pull off a 2-0 win over Malaga last time out in La Liga, with Quique Setien’s men needing that boost of confidence desperately. Now, ending the year on a high at home would be huge for them. Athletic are unbeaten in their last five games and have kept three clean sheets in that time. Los Leones have found some balance at last, but they are incredibly dull to watch.
Real Betis have seen less than 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 home matches against Athletic Bilbao in all competitions. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Athletic Bilbao’s last 6 away games. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Real Betis’s last 3 games. Athletic Bilbao is undefeated in their last 5 matches.
Can we expect goals by either team on Friday?
Adan (GK), Barragan, Feddal, Mandi, Durmisi, Ruiz, Garcia, Camarasa, Tello, Leon, Joaquin
Herrerin (GK), Lekue, Nunez, Laporte, Saborit, Jose, Rico, Marcos, Garcia, Susaeta, Aduriz
A Guardado (RB)
Seeing the statistics of both the teams, it is expected that the home team would have the last laugh. Athletic Bilbao’s long-shot strategy is going to be crucial in this match but they will also show their dominance in the air with their long passes and through balls from one side to the other side of the ground. It is also believed that Athletic Bilbao will control the game in the opposition’s half. Real Betis will score as a result of a through ball too.
We are providing you the RB Vs ATH football match preview based on our research and understanding. Please choose your own probable playing 11 as these matches are quite risky to predict who will play and who will not get the chance to play.