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Eibar vs Ath Bilbao Prediction & Betting tips
From the Ipurua we get the Basque regional derby between Eibar and Athletic Bilbao on Sunday afternoon. Athletic Bilbao is the absolute superpower in the Spanish Basque Country, although Eibar has been making things quite difficult for the red and white in recent years.
To be honest, I don’t expect much from Eibar this season, and I wouldn’t be surprised even from relegation. The red and blue lost several important players last summer, while no decent replacements were actually brought back. Eibar works with one of La Liga’s smallest budgets, so it is actually a miracle that the club has managed to survive in the Spanish premier class for so long.
That this Eibar is significantly less than last season became painfully clear in the opening round, in the bloodless 0-0 draw against Celta de Vigo. A week later on a visit to Villarreal, the Basques surprisingly took the lead, although they went home empty-handed after two late goals against. “If we play without fear, we can really do something,” said trainer Jose Luis Mendilibar. Still it will be quite a job to survive with this team in LaLiga.
Athletic Bilbao has focused its sights on qualifying for European football this season, but the Basques immediately lost 2-0 at Granada in the first round of play. The Basques were off last weekend, so they will have to win on Sunday afternoon to avoid falling behind in LaLiga.
At Athletic Bilbao, almost nothing has changed compared to last season. As you may know, the club works strictly with Basque players, so in terms of transfers it has to fish in a very small pond. The team of trainer Gaiza Garitano is above all rock solid, but it lacks creativity and scoring ability. Last season, the red and white scored only 25 times from open play in 38 rounds, and the coming year does not bode well.
Eibar vs Ath Bilbao head to head matches
05.09.20 CF Ath Bilbao Eibar 2 : 2
17.06.20 LL Eibar Ath Bilbao 2 : 2
14.12.19 LL Ath Bilbao Eibar 0 : 0
15.11.19 CF Ath Bilbao Eibar 4 : 1
21.03.19 CF Ath Bilbao Eibar 3 : 3