Espanyol vs. Athletic Bilbao / LaLiga – A very pleasant surprise, Espanyol, and a very big disappointment, Athletic Bilbao, are meeting in the 11th round of Spanish LaLiga. Espanyol has two defeats, but they have also celebrated five times and are now in a series of five rounds without defeat, with the proviso that they lost in the Cup. Athletic has eight points less than their host and only two more than the relegation zone before this round. Athletic mostly records unresolved results, so they are now in a new series of three draws and they have celebrated only once. Last season Espanyol and Athletic have played 1-1 in Barcelona, while Espanyol celebrated with 1-0 in Bilbao.
Espanyol vs. Athletic Bilbao begins 05.11.2018 at 21:00 CET
Espanyol was not at the top of the task in their previous two duels, but the overall rating is still very good. Espanyol is playing great in the championship, where they achieved a maximum of four wins, with only one goal scored. Things are much harder when they are not playing on their field, so they only two rounds ago managed to celebrate for the first time and that was against Huesca with 2-0. This was followed by a draw with Valladolid, which is even a solid achievement, although they were two seconds away from the triumph.
A little disappointment is their defeat in the Cup which they experienced during the week as guests by Cadiz. They did not perform with their strongest lineup and the good thing from that match was that they scored a goal, so they can annul this 2-1 on their field. Coach Rubi is not changing the initial composition much, but Melendo and Darder played as refreshments in Valladolid. Granero is now returning and Piatti is joining instead of the injured H.Perez.
Probable lineups Espanyol: Di.Lopez – J.Lopez, Da.Lopez, Hermoso, Didac – Granero, Roca, Darder – Piatti, Iglesias, Sergio Garcia
Nothing new in the team of Athletic and they continue with a series of unresolved results that cannot bring them the escape from the dangerous zone. They need victories and after the first one they made at the very beginning, they did not overcome anyone. They lost two derby matches at home and they played very badly in these games with Villarreal and Real Sociedad. Interestingly, they won a point at Nou Camp, and after their defeat in the Basque derby there was a new series of three unresolved results.
The result was 1-1 at two guest appearances with Eibar and Rayo Vallecano, while they in the last round played a goalless match with Valencia in Bilbao. Coach Berizzo also tried to form a winning combination in this match, so Capa was on the right side after a very long time, while Yeray returned to the center-back. San Jose and M.Rico were given a chance in midfield, and the only striker was Aduriz. Williams and Muniain should now be on the field, in order to be more dangerous to the opposing goal.
Probable lineups Athletic Bilbao: Herrerin – Capa, Yeray, I.Martinez, Y.Berchiche – San Jose, M.Rico – M.Susaeta, Raul Garcia, Muniain – Williams
Espanyol vs. Athletic Bilbao PICK
A lot of things are on the side of Espanyol in this match, from the current form to the tradition, but Athletic mostly records unresolved results and we expect them to be a tough nut in this duel. A draw is maybe the most realistic option, and we do not expect a lot of goals.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.69 at pinnacle (down to 1.60 can be played)
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