Preview and Prediction
Athletic Bilbao is in progress of approaching top six at least to be able to play in the continental competition next season as there is no confirmed date on the Copa del Rey final yet. In the last four games, they have to seal three poins, including the outing in the midweek against Sevilla. The Andalusian side is also looking to secure their Champions League spot. It is no doubt a clash for European tickets.
The teams’ previous matches
Raul Garcia and Co were unfortunate to lose while hosting Real Madrid last weekend. They were beaten by Sergio Ramos’ penalty but not awarded one despite Ramos’s foul to Raul Garcia, which was also not even checked by VAR. Such surely disappointed them as they could have had a draw result instead. Moreover, such could lead to an assumption of a ‘slight favour’ to Real Madrid’s title race.
Sevilla, on the other hand, achieved a narrow win over Eibar by a single goal of Lucas Ocampos. The Argentine was also the one who made the difference in the defence as he replaced the injured Tomas Vaclik. Playing as a goalie, he managed to deny a shot by Marko Dmitrovic at rumble in the box.
Gaizka Garitano is likely to deploy more offensive tactics with 4-2-3-1 formation. Raul Garcia will be given a false nine role again while Inaki Williams is likely to play wide. Iker Muniain is supporting them as the number ten while Inigo Cordoba is on the left flank. Luckily no key figures are on the injury table,
Meanwhile, Julen Lopetegui tends to be constantly employing 4-3-3 formation. Lucas Ocampos, the current top scorer, is surely in the starting IX as the main frontmen alongside Munir El Haddadi and the Dutch Luuk de Jong. In the midfield, Ever Banega is the anchor supported by Joan Jordan and Fernando.
Players to watch
The Basque side’s goalie, Unai Simon, is one of Bilbao’s key figures this season along with the former Atletico Madrid man, Raul Garcia who has bagged thirteen goals and provided one assist so far. Another notable name to watch is the attacking midfielder lker Munian with his five goals and two assists.
In Sevilla, their top performers are the two Argentinean, Lucas Ocampos and Ever Banega. The former who previously played for Marseille, has netted thirteen goals and provided five assists while the latter one has scored two goals and made six assists. Another key figure to watch here is the Brazilian defender Diego Carlos.
Bilbao vs Sevilla Prediction
It will be a hard-fought game for sure, yet both teams are actually on the same level. Both sometimes have to deal with their lack of deadly finish at the front or penalty box. Relying too much on Lucas Ocampos and Raul Garcia in each and every game might not be wise. Therefore, the match might just end with another draw. It seems a fair result for them.
The visiting side seems to be regarded as the favourite. They are priced to win at 2.60, whereas Gaizka Garitano’s men are only projected to win at 2.950. The odds for the draw result are at the value of 3.00.