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Ath Bilbao vs Betis Prediction & Betting tips
Much is not laughter this season in the San Mames, because Athletic Bilbao does not bake much this season. Upcoming Saturday the Basques get a new chance to end the season with a glimmer of positivity, when Real Betis comes to visit. The visitors, however, have a top season.
The first year after the departure of Ernesto Valverde is not the year of Kuko Ziganda. Under his leadership, Athletic Bilbao did not manage to meet expectations this season. Siganda can finish the season purely out of mutual respect, but next summer the Basques will undergo a complete metamorphosis. There will be considerable investments and a new head coach will be appointed. Reportedly, Athletic Bilbao is already around with Eduardo Berizzo, who earlier this season could get his bags at Sevilla.
For Athletic Bilbao and Ziganda it is now only a question of closing the season as worthy as possible. The players themselves seem to have given up hope in the meantime, with the 3-1 defeat in Basque regional derby against Real Sociedad last week as the most recent example. In his own San Mames too, Los Leones with defeats against Deportivo La Coruna (2-3) and Levante (1-3) are no longer in themselves. This weekend will undoubtedly be difficult again, as club top scorer Raul Garcia (ten goals) is suspended, while goaltie thief Aritz Aduriz will probably have to settle for a place on the bench again. Inaki Williams will therefore be back in the attack, but he has not been able to score in his own San Mames in La Liga since December 4, 2016 (!). All in all, you will understand that everybody at Athletic Bilbao yearns for the summer holidays.
It is a party in the green-white part of Seville, because thanks to the 2-1 victory over Malaga last Monday, Real Betis qualified for the eleventh time in club history for European football. ‘I never dreamed that we could achieve this in my first year here,’ trainer Quique Setien said afterwards.
The pressure is therefore from the boiler at Real Betis, but the Andalusians will do everything to hold the fifth place. For example, the number five receives more than six million euros more in television rights than the number six. In addition, Real Betis is only three points away from the 62 points from the 2004-2005 season, the highest number of the club of this century. Furthermore, next week the always loaded city derby against Sevilla is on the program, so it could well be that players who are on focus and / or tired are coming weekend rest. A player like Aissa Mandi has been making a lot of minutes lately and has been suspended for the next yellow card, so the chance that he will take action against Athletic Bilbao is extremely small. On the other hand, Marc Bartra is available again after a suspension after a suspension. Since its winter arrival, the Real Betis defense is like a house.
Ath Bilbao vs Betis head to head matches
22.12.17 LL Betis Ath Bilbao 0 : 2
27.04.17 LL Ath Bilbao Betis 2 : 1
11.12.16 LL Betis Ath Bilbao 1 : 0
13.03.16 LL Ath Bilbao Betis 3 : 1
01.11.15 LL Betis Ath Bilbao 1 : 3