Valencia vs. Athletic Bilbao / La Liga – Things changed slightly when it comes to these two rivals and after a couple of seasons in which Athletic welcomed their mutual duels as a better placed team, which in the end has a much more successful season, Valencia is now more successful and they are using the fact that they are not playing in European competitions and after six rounds, they are undefeated. Athletic has already had two defeats in La Liga and they have four points less than their host, but they are also struggling in Europa League, where they have experienced unexpected defeats at home. Last season, both teams celebrated home victories in their mutual duels. Begins: 01.10.2017. – 18:30 CET
For now there is practically no objection to the game of Valencia, although they did not win in all the games they played. In fact, they already have three draws, but the first was in Madrid against Real, the second at home with the strong Atletico, and the third in a city derby with Levante, and all these unsuccessful results are quite good achievements. They still have not received any goals and two rounds ago they defeated Malaga with 5-0, while they in the last round celebrated on a very difficult performance against Real Sociedad.
Two times the host has reached the lead and in the end Valencia also scored the third goal for the triumph. Nacho Vidal got a chance instead of Montoya and he was immediately the shooter, while Zaza continued his series, and Rodrigo scored. The bad thing about that game is a red card for Kondogbi, so he will not be able to play now.
Probable lineups Valencia: Neto – Nacho Vidal, Garay, G.Paulista, Gaya – Soler, Parejo, Guedes, Pereira – Rodrigo, Zaza
Athletic is struggling on all fronts and they are now in a series of five games without a win. When it comes to Europa League, they played a good draw against Hertha in Berlin, but they have spoiled it with the unexpected domestic defeat by Zorya on Thursday and now they will engage in a big fight for the knockout stage. They defeated Las Palmas in the championship and then suffered a defeat at home by Atletico, which is not even a surprise. In the last round they played in Malaga and they have embarrassed themselves properly because they had a 3-1 lead and they had more players on the field almost the whole second half.
In the last ten minutes they received two goals and scored only one point. Shaken by such a breakout, they also lost on Thursday by Zorya with 1-0 at San Mames, with a rather strong team composition, even stronger than the one that performed in Malaga. Only the left left-back Balenciaga took a breather, and except for points, they also lost their Iker Muniain who was injured. Instead of him, Cordoba could play, and goalkeeper Arrizabalaga and Balenciaga are also returning, as well as Lekue on the right back.
Probable lineups Athletic Bilbao: Arrizabalaga – Lekue, Etxeita, Laporte, Balenziaga – San Jose, Benat – Williams, Raul Garcia, Cordoba – Aduriz
Valencia vs. Athletic Bilbao PICK
Valencia is playing very well and they are in trouble, they do not have European obligations and they have rested during the week for this duel. On the other hand, Athletic had to play and they are exhausted, while their form is not the best, so the host's victory is quite a realistic outcome.
Pick: Valencia wins
Odds: 1.80 at betvictor (down to 1.70 can be played)