La Liga / RCD Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao – Athletic stands better in the table after three rounds, which is still undefeated and has won two matches. Mallorca won only once, in the first round, after which came two defeats and they have four points fewer than the team from Bilbao. The two teams met the last time in season 2012/13 and Athletic won both duels, 1-0 the one played in Palma.
Game RCD Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao begins 13.09.2019 at 21:00 CET
Mallorca triumphed in the first round of its return season to La Liga but the opponent was much easier than in next two rounds. They won Eibar 2-1; it was a hard-won victory and those two were only goals they have scored so far. Even then, one of Mallorca’s goals was an own goal by Eibar player, so Dani Rodriguez is the only scorer for Mallorca for the time being. In the second round they faced Real Sociedad and lost 1-0, while in the previous round they lost to Valencia 2-0 and both goals were scored from penalties. Regarding the team for this match we expect to see young Japanese Kubo from the first minute, while Cucho Hernandez is injured.
Probable lineups RDC Mallorca: Reina – Sastre, Valjent, Raillo, Lumor – D. Rodriguez, Baba, S. Sevilla, Lago Junior – Kubo, Budimir
Situation is not perfect but if someone offered Athletic to win seven points in three rounds and having such schedule, they would certainly immediately accepted the offer. They played twice at home but against Barcelona and their great Basque rival Real Sociedad. They won both of them with a clean sheet. It is always nice to defeat Barcelona, especially with an attractive goal scored by Aduriz near the very end of the match. Athletic didn’t win Real Sociedad for a long time and those 2-0 have its special value. Away draw with Getafe is not bad either. De Marcos is out of action due to injury and we don’t expect further changes.
Probable lineups Athletic Bilbao: Simon – Capa, Yeray, I. Martinez, Berchiche – U. Lopez, Dani Garcia – Muniain, Raul Garcia, Cordoba – Williams
Betting Pick: RCD Mallorca – Athletic Bilbao
Mallorca is going to struggle this season and that is pretty much clear to everyone as individually they are not up to La Liga standards. Athletic started well the new season and carried by successes it should at least to not lose, while in reality it is far more likely to win.
Pick: Athletic Bilbao wins
Odds: 2.37 at betsson (down to 2.20 can be played)
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