Valladolid takes on Athletic Bilbao in front of its fans, for what they expect to be the third consecutive home win. The offensive is working smoothly, but the defensive woes are far from being solved and Bilbao has recently proven that they’ve got what it takes to score one goal more than the opponent.
Match: Valladolid vs Athletic Bilbao
Bet: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 1.99
Inigo Perez and Ruiz are still sidelined but the injury list has shrunk dramatically for Valladolid after not so long ago, six players were kept on the bench with various ailments. The hosts have consolidated their position in the first half of the standings, and their relegation worries have already been put to rest. What many regarded unfeasible for Valladolid to make a push for a European cup spot, only six points separate them from the sixth place Rayo Vallecano.
Bilbao have crushed Atletico Madrid at home by three goals to nil, and the performances was nothing short of impressive. It’s true that the visitors couldn’t count on their most prolific striker, but the absence of Radamel Falcao still doesn’t explain the fact that they conceded three goals. There is no reason for coach Bielsa to field a different team tonight, so don’t be surprised to see a 4-3-3 formation with Susaeta, Aduriz and Muniain upfront.
Playing an overly aggressive football is something that Athletic Bilbao is used to, although the results are not particularly impressive. The hosts have scored exactly 2 goals in each of the last 10 head to head games, with the visitors being only half as effective. Punters should capitalize on the visitors confidence and desire to take more chances, by wagering on more than 2.5 goals to be scored with Pinnacle Sports.