For a team that has nothing to fight for the season, Athletic Bilbao is surely a big and unpleasant surprise for those squads trying to save their season in the final rounds. Zaragoza would become one of them if they fail to win at home against Bilbao, with just three rounds remaining in the regular season.
Odds: Blue Square 1.95
Zaragoza has finally left the relegation area but their advantage over La Coruna is of only two points and their rivals could close the gap on Sunday. They face Espanyol, a team that will finish in the second half of the standings regardless of what happens in the final rounds, therefore lacks motivation to play its a-game. At a first glance, Zaragoza is in the same situation and should emerge victorious after 90 min. with a sparring partner such as Athletic Bilbao.
The main concern for the hosts is the fact that they miss five players, the same ones that they’ve been without throughout April and the first half of May. The offensive remains intact though, but coach Jimenez needs a single striker upfront and that is Portuguese veteran Helder Postiga. He is the top scorer for Zaragoza with 12 goals this season and fortunately for the hosts he is fit to play and could well score the winning goal over Athletic Bilbao.
Time is quickly running out for Zaragoza and nothing short of a victory tonight will keep them alive in the race to avoid relegation. Blue Square’s odds are as close as it gets to evens and right now the best on the market, making it worth backing the hosts to win with this bookmaker.