Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Preview and Prediction – April 14, 2024

One of the most successful teams in La Liga recently will aim to continue their impressive streak against a team with ambitions for the Champions League on Sunday.

Match Preview

Villarreal, with four wins in their last five league matches, will visit San Manes to take on Athletic Bilbao, who are just two points away from the top four.

Athletic Bilbao clinched the Copa del Rey trophy last weekend in Seville, triumphing over Mallorca in a penalty shootout.

However, their inconsistency in La Liga remains a concern if they aspire to secure a Champions League spot by the season’s end.

In their last 10 league games, Athletic Bilbao has won four, drawn three, and lost three, showcasing their struggle for stability.

Nevertheless, Ernesto Valverde’s team has not tasted defeat in their previous 18 home matches across all competitions.

Villarreal faced a 2-1 loss against Atletico Madrid in their previous fixture, ending their nine-game unbeaten streak.

Despite one win and four draws in the interim, the Yellow Submarine secured four consecutive victories, averaging three goals per game.

Villarreal has won three of their last four away league matches, scoring more than 2.5 goals in each victory, although they conceded six goals in total.

Head-to-Head:

Athletic Bilbao has had considerable success against Villarreal lately, losing only one of their last 10 La Liga encounters.

In a broader context, they have lost just two of their previous 13 league matches against Villarreal.

Team News & Updates:

Athletic Bilbao will miss Yeray Alvarez due to injury and Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta due to suspension.

On the other hand, Villarreal’s injured players include Pepe Reina, Eric Bailly, Yeremy Pino, Denis Suarez, and Ramon Terrats.

Prediction & Analysis:

Historically, Athletic Bilbao has had the upper hand in this fixture, losing just one of their last 10 La Liga meetings with Villarreal.

With their strong home record and Villarreal’s defensive vulnerabilities on the road, all signs point towards a comfortable home win for Athletic Bilbao.

We predict Athletic Bilbao to score over 1.5 goals and keep a clean sheet, sinking the Yellow Submarine in a convincing display.

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