Athletic Bilbao vs Malaga Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Another interesting match awaits the football fans as Athletic Bilbao will host Malaga at the San Mamés Stadium. In this game, a mid-placed side will face the worst team in the league and try to change their ways.
Athletic Bilbao are placed fourteenth at the table with twenty-eight points from the first twenty-four games. So far in the season, they have won six, drawn ten, and lost eight matches with a negative goal difference of -3. Out of the last five league games, they have three draws and two losses. In the last round, they faced Atletico Madrid and were defeated by the score of 2-0. Gameiro and Costa scored a goal each in the second half, thus setting the final result.
Malaga are placed last in La Liga with thirteen points from three wins, four draws, and seventeen losses. They are the team with one of the worst goal differences in the league, a negative -33. Currently, they are on a three-game losing streak. After the loss to Las Palmas and Atletico Madrid, they went on to do the same in the previous round when they faced Valencia. The final result of that match was 1-2 for the away side. Things started well for Malaga as Ideye had scored mid-first half. They managed to resist Valencia’s attack up until the eightieth minute of the match when Coquelin scored and equalized. Miquel managed to get a red card and give a penalty to Valencia which Parejo took the advantage of. He scored in the eighty-fifth minute and brought his teams up front.
When it comes to the previous clashes between these two sides, the point distribution has been somewhat equal. Out of the last five games that they’ve played, Malaga have won one, Athletic Bilbao two, and the remaining games ended as draws.
Athletic Bilbao don't have many missing players for this game with Malaga. Iker Muniain is injured and he will not play on Sunday. Íñigo Martínez and Mikel Balenziaga are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and ready for the match.
On the other side Malaga have a little more missing players for this game. Juan Carlos Pérez and Federico Ricca are injured and they will not play against Athletic Club. Ignasi Miquel is suspended and he is another one player who will not play. Keko and Adalberto Peñaranda are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and ready to play.
Possible starting lineups
Athletic Bilbao: Arrizabalaga; Lekue, Martinez, Nunez, Marcos; Etxebarria, Jose; Merino, Garcia, Cordoba; Aduriz
Malaga: Jimenez; Rosales, Hernandez, Torres, Gonzalez; Keko, Recio, Iturra, Castro; En-Nesyri, Ideye
Athletic Bilbao vs Malaga Prediction
It will be one tough football game with lots of midfield duels and fouls. Both sides play in poor form this season and this game is going to be very important for them, especially for the visitors. Athletic Bilbao have drawn 5 of their last 6 home matches and they are eager to beat Malaga on Sunday. They have failed to score in their last 3 matches and must play much better in attack. On the other side Malaga also play bad in attack and have failed to score in 9 of their last 12 away matches. They are the last placed team in La Liga and will play aggressive football from the first minute.
However our prediction and betting tips for the match Athletic Bilbao vs Malaga Prediction: Under 2.5 goals. We don't expect lots of scoring chances here, but believe that Athletic can win this game. Our second betting pick for the match is bet on X/1 and maybe correct score will be 1-0. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.