Athletic Bilbao vs. Levante Spanish La Liga Predictions, Picks and Betting Tips 7-12-2020
Athletic Bilbao (12-12-11) vs. Levante (12-7-16)
Spanish La Liga soccer on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM ET
Venue: Estadi Olimpic Camilo Cano, La Nucia, Spain
The Line: Athletic Bilbao +110/ Draw +223/ Levante +250; O/U 2.25
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Spanish La Liga’s weekend action continues as Levante take on Athletic Bilbao at the Estadi Olimpic Camilo Cano in La Nucia.
After winning just two of their last ten La Liga matches, while scoring fewer than 1.5 goals in all eight winless games, Levante will now hope to turn their fortunes around in this clash. Levante enters matchday 36 with a double-goal loss to Mallorca in the last time out to record their third winless match in a row. Occupying the 12th position with 43 points, Levante has recorded 12 wins, 7 draws and 16 losses in the league. In the last game, Cucho netted a powerful header for Mallorca in the 40th minute, followed by Takefusa Kubo’s late close-range rebound goal in the 84th minute to double then lead for Mallorca. Beautiful attempts from Borja Mayoral and Cucho were unfortunately missed. Levante recorded 54% ball possession and 14 goal attempts. Overall, Levante has recorded 42 goals, 47 conceded goals, 5 clean sheets, 25 assists, 386 shots and, 127 shots on-target, 77 yellow cards, and 4 red card bookings.
Key players that will hold Levante’s forward are Borja Mayoral and Roger Marti. All seven La Liga games that Borja Mayoral has scored in this season have all featured more than 2.5 goals and both teams scoring. He has recorded 7 goals and one assist. Roger Marti is the team’s highest goalscorer with 11 goals in 33 appearances, an average of 1 goal per 270 minutes. Aitor Fernández will make his 36th La Liga goalkeeping appearance for Levante in the game. Fernández allowed 43 goals, an average of 1.40 goals conceded per 90 minutes, which puts him in the 14th position. He has made an incredible 152 saves, the highest in the league, and 5 clean sheets.
Athletic Bilbao’s performance since league restart has been outstanding until their last games, where they recorded two straight defeats in a row. Coming into this game, Athletic Bilbao occupies the 9th position with 48 points, 2 points away from the final Europa League spot occupied by Real Sociedad. They have recorded 12 wins, 12 draws and 11 losses. In their previous match, Bilbao recorded an unlucky 2-1 defeat to Sevilla. In the game, Athletic Bilbao’s forward, Ander Capa, netted a powerful shot from outside the penalty area in the 29th-minute. After several goal attempts, Ever Banega netted a brilliant free-kick to secure an equalizer for Sevilla. 4 minutes later, Munir El Haddadi scored the winning goal for Sevilla. Bilbao recorded 33% ball possession and 13 goal attempts. So far, Athletic Bilbao has recorded 38 goals, 29 conceded goals, 23 assists, 367 shots out of which 122 shots are on-target, 12 clean sheets, 84 yellow cards, and one red card bookings.
On offense, Athletic Bilbao’s Raul Garcia will lead the team’s forward. Raúl García has been the game’s first goalscorer in five of his last six goalscoring La Liga matches. He has recorded 13 goals, and one assist in 32 La Liga games. In front of the net for Athletic Bilbao is Unai Simón. The young Spanish goalkeeper has allowed 28 goals in 32 games, an average of 0.88 goals per 90 minutes, which puts him in the 3rd position. He has recorded 83 saves and 12 clean sheets.
Athletic Bilbao has won their last two meetings with Levante by only one goal margin. In their last 8 meetings, Levante won twice, while Bilbao recorded 5 wins and one draw. Levante has recorded 8 wins out of 17 home games, which puts them in the 12th position. In contrast, Levante has recorded only 4 away wins and 12 losses in 18 La Liga away games.
Coach: Gaizka Garitano
Goalkeeper: Unai Simón
Players: Ander Capa, Unai Núñez, Íñigo Martinez, Mikel Balenziaga, Unai López Cabrera, Mikel Vesga, Óscar de Marcos, Raul Garcia, Iker Muniain and Iñaki Williams
Coach: Paco López
Goalkeeper: Aitor Fernandez
Players: Carlos Clerc, Sergio Postigo, Ruben Vezo, Jorge Miramon, Enis Bardhi, Nikola Vukcevic, José Campaña, Rubén Rochina, Roger Marti and Borja Mayoral
Prediction: Take Athletic Bilbao +110
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