Thursday 10/03/2016, 20:45, Europa League, Last 16
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia Preview
Valencia won four of the last five games in all competitions and this is by far their best performance this season. Unfortunately for them, the only defeat came at the hands of Athletic Bilbao, with their countrymen scoring three unanswered goals at Mestalla. Now they will try to defeat Valencia once again in front of their fans and improve their chances of reaching the Europa League quarterfinals.
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia Odds
Athletic Bilbao 1.85, Draw 3.50, Valencia 4.80
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia Tips
Athletic Bilbao is one of the teams taking Europa League seriously and they will throw everything they've got at Valencia to make it to the next round. The Basques are also well positioned to secure another berth at the end of the season, but this is a secondary objectives.
The home side is firing on all cylinders and despite a couple of glitches in the system, they are winning games constantly. The fact that they managed to score 7 goals in two matches speaks volumes about their offensive prowess and this is the result of having the best players fit to play. Injuries have played an important role in their downfall in late 2015, but those problems are now behind them.
Valencia is nowhere near a Europa League placement and a humiliating elimination from Copa del Rey leaves them with a single objective. They need to make the most of the chance they've got to make a deep run in the European competition, but they were unlucky with the draw.
Apparently the management and the players have realized the importance of winning as many matches as possible in Europa League and take the competitions seriously. The best proof is that they managed to defeat Rapid Vienna in both legs and scored a combined 10 goals without conceding one. Now they will take on an opponent of an entirely different caliber and keeping a clean sheet themselves will be difficult.
- Athletic Bilbao has an impressive track record in Europa League and play the final a couple of years ago.
- Athletic Bilbao won 11 out of 23 games at home against Valencia and scored three goals in their last two meetings.
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia Prediction
Athletic Bilbao will try to solve the problem of qualification in the first leg, as home pitch advantage means a great deal for them. They managed to defeat Valencia just a couple of days ago by three goals to nil and they also won the last match against these guys at home. Canbet proved to be a very generous bookmaker once again offering odds of 1.85 on the home side to prevail, but don't expect them to last.
Bet: Athletic Bilbao @ 1.85 with Canbet