Athletic Bilbao vs Las Palmas
Spanish La Liga
Date: Friday, 9th February 2018
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio San Mamés (Bilbao).
Bilbao start as heavy favorites to snatch three points against Las Palmas, but both sides are known for their inconsistency, which in-turn makes this an even contest.
Athletic club has been struggling to find their best form is the past months. The team has had 2 draws: away against Getafe and at home against Eibar. Jose Angel’s men will need to improve their game to sail through the turbulence they are facing.
The only win they have recently had was against Alaves at the San Mames Stadium. They thrashed Alaves 2-0 courtesy of Xabier Etxeita and Aritz Aduriz who have not found the net in any other game since then. The excellent play displayed when we have these two players among the first eleven men is outstanding. Jose may need to put them together with Inaki Williams who is also a perfect striker.
Palmas will come into this away matchup having lost three of their league games both at home and away. They know that winning at San Mames Stadium will be a bit hard for them. However, they will have to be strong and perhaps nail their opponents for a draw.
In their latest home match against Malaga, Palmas were lucky to get a winning goal at 90 minutes courtesy of Alen Halilovic. They will be looking forward to applying a defensive and counter-attack mode of play in this matchup.
Athletic Bilbao vs Las Palmas: Head to head
In the last five games played by these two sides: Athletic Bilbao has won once while Las Palmas has won twice. The latest was a 1-0 win at home in September last year. They have had 2 draws.
Athletic Bilbao vs Las Palmas: Prediction
Bilbao are considered as heavy favorites by the bookies, but in my opinion, this game is too close to call. One must expect Las Palmas to show their mighty fighting spirit, whereas the home side is not performing anywhere near their potential.
To summarize, we must consider either team have equal chance for winning this match regardless of the Athletic club’s home advantage.