Leganes vs. Athletic Bilbao Spanish La Liga Predictions, Picks and Betting Tips 7-16-2020
Leganes (7-11-18) vs. Athletic Bilbao (13-12-11)
Spanish La Liga soccer on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 15:00 ET
Venue: Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
The Line: Leganes +359/ Draw +229/ Athletic Bilbao -121; O/U 2
After two one-goal margin defeats at home to difficult opposition, Athletic Bilbao (WLLWW) will be relieved to welcome bottom-placed Leganés (WDWLL) at the Estadio San Mamés in Bilbao.
Athletic Bilbao has successfully crushed teams in the bottom quarter of the table on three out of four occasions, with all three victories accompanied by a halftime lead and a margin of at least two goals. Coming into this game, Athletic Bilbao occupies the 8th position with 51 points, just three points away from the final Europa League spot occupied by Real Sociedad. Overall, Bilbao has recorded 13 wins, 12 draws, and 11 losses. In their last time out, Athletic Bilbao recorded a 2-1 win over Levante, their third win in the previous five matches. In the match, Athletic Bilbao’s Spanish forward, Raul Garcia, secured a double-goal lead in the first half of the game. In the second-half, Borja Mayoral scored a close-range finish for Levante. Athletic Bilbao recorded 44% ball possession and 12 goal attempts. Overall, Athletic Bilbao has recorded 41 goals, 32 conceded goals, 24 assists, 12 clean sheets, 131 shot on-target, 88 yellow cards, and one red card booking.
Bilbao’s key forward, Raúl García, recently registered the first goal of a La Liga match for the tenth time this season, the most for any player in the league. He has recorded 15 goals and one assist in 33 appearances. In front of the net for Bilbao is Unai Simon. Ranked 3rd, Simon has recorded 29 conceded goals, an average of 0.88 goals allowed per 90 minutes, 83 saves, and 12 clean sheets.
In contrast, Leganes comes into round 37 with a last time out one-nil victory over Valencia, which saw the 18th-placed team to their third unbeaten game in a row and 4-point away win in their last five games. Still in the relegation zone with 32 points, Leganes has recorded 7 wins, 11 draws, and 18 losses. In their last time out, Ruben Perez scored the only goal for Leganes in the 18th-minute. Even though one of Leganes’ man was sent off due to foul tackle; Daniel Parejo missed the golden opportunity to secure an equalizer for Valencia. So far, Leganes has recorded 26 goals, 49 conceded goals, 15 assists, 8 clean sheets, 138 shots on-target, 121 yellow cards, and 4 red card bookings.
On offense, Javier Avilés and Miguel Angel Guerrero will lead the team’s forward group. None of Leganes’ starting 11 has recorded more than one goal this season. Ivan Cuellar will make his 26th goalkeeping appearance for Leganes in the match. The Spanish goalie has recorded 31 conceded goals, an average of 1.24 goals allowed per 90 minutes, 62 saves, and 6 clean sheets.
Both teams have met only 7 times in La Liga. However, Athletic Bilbao has recorded 3 wins, 3 draws, and one loss against Leganes. Also, Bilbao’s home game record is good enough to secure a win, although, high-scoring clash seems unlikely. Placed 6th, Bilbao has won recorded 50% win out of 18 home games. On the other hand, Leganes has won only two away games this season, which puts them in the 16th position.
Coach: Javier Aguirre
Goalkeeper: Ivan Cuellar
Players: Rodrigo Tarín, Ibrahim Amadou, Roberto Rosales, Aitor Ruibal García, Roque Mesa Quevedo, Rubén Pérez, Javier Eraso, Bryan Gil, Javier Avilés and Miguel Angel Guerrero
Coach: Gaizka Garitano
Goalkeeper: Unai Simón
Players: Mikel Balenziaga, Daniel Vivian, Unai Núñez, Iñigo Lekue, Unai López Cabrera, Dani García, Iñigo Córdoba, Iker Muniain, Iñaki Williams and Raul Garcia
Prediction: Take Athletic Bilbao -121
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