Athletic Bilbao will host Celta Vigo at San Mames in the La Liga on Sunday.
Bilbao are eighth in the table, and they are in the hunt for European football for next season. Valencia in sixth place are just two points above them, and finishing there will give a place in the Europa League qualifiers for next season. Bilbao finished eighth last season and narrowly missed out on the Europa League. They are in the mix this time as well, but recent games have not seen the best from Bilbao.
Their last three league game have ended in draws. A major reason for that is their sub-par attack. Bilbao have scored 20 goals in 19 La Liga games this season. This tally is on par with some of the bottom sides, and they will need to improve in that area. However, a watertight defense has been a strength of their season. Only Atletico Madrid have conceded fewer goals then Bilbao this season in the division.
Bilbao faced Sestao in the Copa del Rey in their last game. Asier Villalibre and Yuri Berchiche both scored braces to hand their side an easy 4-0 victory. Coach Gaizka Garitano deployed a weakened side for the game. Bilbao have scored just once in their last three league games, and two of those matches ended as goalless draws. Inaki Williams has been their main man up front, but he has only four league goals. He needs to do better in front of goal to push Bilbao up the table.
Meanwhile, Celta are having different problems as they are trying to escape from the clutches of relegation. Currently 17th in the table, they are out of the relegation zone solely on goal difference. Celta have not won a league game in their last five attempts. Their last win came against Villarreal in November. On Sunday they claimed a 4-1 win over Merida AD in the second round of the Copa del Rey.
Santi Mina scored twice, as Pione Sisto and Brais Mendez added the other goals for Celta. Iago Aspas did not feature in the game, as manager Oscar Garcia afforded some rest to his talisman. Aspas has scored seven league goals so far, and his presence on the pitch is invaluable to Celta. The second person on the list is Santi Mina with two goals, which has been a big problem for Celta. They have scored only 16 league goals this campaign.
Bilbao were dominant against Celta early on, but the trend has changed. Celta have won twice in the last five head to head clashes, including the most recent one. Bilbao have won twice in the last five as well, and the other meeting ended in a draw.
Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo La Liga Football Betting Tips
This game will be a tight one, as neither side are impressing in the attack. The total goals should be under 2.5 for this match. Bilbao are slight favorites for the win, as their defensive record is great at San Mames. They should get the three points in a narrow win.