Athletic Bilbao vs Eibar Preview
Athletic Bilbao will look to have a crack at the top four when they host Eibar in the local derby at the San Mames Stadium in the La Liga on Saturday.
Bilbao Match Form
Los Leones are faring better this season compared to the last one when they finished 8th. Gaizka Garitano’s side are currently 6th in the league table, occupying the final European spot. They have picked up 26 points from 16 games and are just a point away from Getafe in 5th and Real Sociedad in 4th.
However, a bad result could easily see them slide down the table with Atletico Madrid and Valencia both on 26 points while Granada are a further 2 points behind. After losing the previous game 3-2 at Real Betis, the Basque club cannot afford to drop points two games in a row.
Eibar Match Form
Coming to their visitors, Eibar are struggling in the bottom half of the table at the moment. Los Armeros are 16th in the table, with just 15 points from 16 games. They are just 3 points clear of safety, with Celta Vigo currently occupying 18th place.
Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side need to quickly turn their fortunes and they currently trail 15th-placed Alaves by 3 points. While a trip to local rivals Bilbao may not be the best game to revive fortunes, especially after losing 1-0 to Getafe in the previous match, Eibar will look to use the derby to get back on track.
In terms of team news, Benat Etxebarria is back in training for the hosts while Iker Munian is ruled out until January. Further, Aritz Aduriz and Cristian Ganea are doubts for the game.
Meanwhile, Eibar will be without Pape Kouli Diop and Fabian Orellana due to suspension. Further, Sergio Alvarez Diaz is a doubt for the game as well.
Head-To-Head and Athletic Bilbao vs Eibar Betting Tips
Looking at head-to-head, Bilbao are the dominant team, winning 7 of their 15 meetings so far. Eibar have won twice while the remaining 6 have ended in draws.
In the last 5 meetings between the two, there are 3 draws while Los Leones did win the most recent one with a comfortable 4-1 margin. Further, 16 goals were scored in the same period, highlighting the high-scoring nature of the derby.
In terms of recent form, Bilbao have won 3 of their last 5 games and each of their last 4 at the San Mames Stadium. Meanwhile, Eibar have won just once in their last 5, losing each of the last 4.
Thus, everything points to a comfortable home win and Bilbao can be expected to win 2-0 at the end of 90 minutes.
Athletic Bilbao Predicted XI
Simon; Capa, Alvarez, Martinez, Berchiche; Garcia, Lopez; Williams, Sancet, Cordoba; Kodro
Eibar Predicted XI
Dmitrovic; Rober, Oliveira, Arbilla, Bigas; Escalante, Diop, Leon; Inui, Charles, Kike