Athletic vs Getafe Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Sunday’s action in the first round of La Liga 2017/18 starts at Estadio San Mamés in Bilbao, where the Basque pride will take on Getafe. The newcomers will face the difficult season in the elite, while the hosts will target UEFA zone as usual. Even though Getafe would satisfy with the draw here, they are facing one of the strongest home teams in the league.
Athletic Bilbao have the slight advantage due to a fact that they are already in the competitive form. However, that could be a double-edged sword due to a possible fatigue from the difficult game they overturned in Greece. Panathinaikos had the 1-0 lead on the half-time, but after the final whistle the result was 2-3 in favor of Bilbao. The hosts played were very active during July and August – almost 10 friendly matches in addition to UEFA Europa League tie with Dinamo Bucuresti prior to facing Panathinaikos. Without a doubt, a long season is ahead of the Basque side. Last season, Bilbao registered the vast majority of their points in La Liga on the home turf and this season, San Mames is expected to be a fortress again.
Getafe faced several Spanish sides during their preseason but those matches haven’t indicated anything positive for La Liga newcomers. Getafe were out of the elite for only one season, so they are well aware what competition awaits them as the relegation battle in Spain is always fierce. Getafe won only one preparatory match – they beat Girona with the minimal result of 1-0. They drew Alcoyano and Atletico Madrid, but lost to Albacete, Alcoron and Baleares.
Athletic Bilbao are dominant in the head-to-head meetings with Getefe. In the last six matches, they registered the perfect record of six victories while conceding only two goals. Read our betting preview and make right betting decision on Sunday.
Athletic have two missing players for the match against Getafe. Ander Iturraspe and Yeray Álvarez will not play against Getafe. All other players are fully fit and ready to play.
On the other side Getafe also don't have lots of missing players for this game. Karim Yoda and Daniel Pacheco are injured and they can't play for sure. Vitorino Antunes is not fully fit and he is doubtful for the match. All other players are available for the match.
Possible starting lineups
Athletic: Arrizabalaga; Balenziaga, Laporte, Etxeita, Marcos; Etxebarria, Vesga; Muniain, Garcia, Williams; Aduriz
Getafe: Guaita; Suarez, Djene, Cala, Molinero; Mora, Fajr; Portillo, Shibasaki, Jimenez; Molina
Athletic vs Getafe Prediction
We expect one tough football game without lots of scoring chances. Both teams are highly motivated fot the match but the hosts are big favorite to win. Athletic Bilbao play strong and aggressive football in front of their fans and for sure they will play cautious at home. Athletic are undefeated in 17 of the last 18 home La Liga games. Also Los Leones have a good record in past meetings with Getafe and have won last six previous meetings. Both sides will play aggressive and we expect lots of midfield duels and fouls. It will be a true football fight for the points, and Athletic Bilbao are closer to win all three points.
However our prediction and betting tips for the match Athletic Bilbao vs Getafe Prediction: Athletic Bilbao to win. Or second but risky bet for this match is X/1 and Athletic to win with nil. Maybe correct score will be 2-0. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.