Villarreal – Ath Bilbao Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips – 22.12.2020

⚽ Villarreal – Ath Bilbao Predictions

Villarreal – Ath Bilbao Tips and Odds. December 22, 22:00 SPAIN: LaLiga – Round 15.

Villarreal – Ath Bilbao Preview

  • A 3-1 win at Osasuna last time out extended Villarreal’s unbeaten run to 11 La Liga (LL) matches (W5, D6) – their longest such streak since March 2016. That result also continued a recent trend too, as each of their last five top-flight fixtures to see a winner have now witnessed the opening goal scored in the opening 15 minutes.
  • At home, the hosts are one of just two LL sides yet to lose in the league this campaign (W4, D3), though only two of those have seen them enjoy a HT lead (W2, D3, L2). That record has been achieved thanks to a strong late superiority however, as the ‘Yellow Submarine’ have not conceded a single goal after the hour mark at home this LL season.
  • Visitors Athletic Bilbao’s 2-0 home win in their previous top-flight outing saw their four-game winless run in the top-flight come to an end (D2, L2). Entertaining second halves appear to be a fledgling theme for Bilbao this term, as their LL fixtures have averaged a league-high 1.86 second-half match goals, in comparison to a league-low of 0.57 in the first half.
  • Winless in five top-flight away matches (D2, L3), the visitors will be desperate to avoid conceding first as they are winless across their last two seasons in LL when conceding the opener on the road (D1, L11). Encouragingly though, ‘Los Leones’ have kept a first-half clean sheets in each of their last three LL road trips to Villarreal.
  • Players to watch: Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno dominates the LL top scorer standings with eight goals to date, but only three have come before HT. Also in form is Asier Villalibre, who has scored Bilbao’s opening goal in each of his last two LL away starts.
  • Hot streak: None of the previous nine LL H2Hs have witnessed the home side on the day possess a lead at HT.
Head-to-head matches: VILLARREAL – ATH BILBAO
01.03.20 LL Ath Bilbao Villarreal 1 : 0
03.11.19 LL Villarreal Ath Bilbao 0 : 0
20.01.19 LL Villarreal Ath Bilbao 1 : 1
26.09.18 LL Ath Bilbao Villarreal 0 : 3
09.04.18 LL Villarreal Ath Bilbao 1 : 3

SPAIN: LaLiga – Round 15
Villarreal – Ath Bilbao
Kick-off: December 22, 22:00
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
Odds: 1.65@Bwin