Athletic Bilbao (@1.66) vs Alaves (@6.5)

Our Prediction:

Athletic Bilbao will win

Athletic Bilbao – Alaves Match Prediction | 23-09-2019 12:30

Alaves have only conceded twice so far this season although one of those goals did lead to their first defeat last time out against Sevilla. He looks to have instantly instilled some real defensive discipline in this side, something he failed to do at Real Sociedad last season where there was perhaps more onus on him to play attacking football. Alaves meanwhile have made a solid start under Asier Garitano.

They also suffered an early Copa del Rey elimination to Girona (3-4 on aggregate) meaning we have reasons to talk about crisis at Mendizorroza. Alaves dropped down to 5th in the Primera Division standings after clinching just one pit in past three league rounds. Can Babazorros bring a dreadful streak of four straight games without a win to an end on Monday night when they play host to Athletic Bilbao in the last game of the Matchday?

Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

They did not shine against an in-form Girona side seven days ago in La Liga, but still managed to snatch a last-gasp win via stoppage-time penalty from the star man Aritz Aduriz. The story is completely opposite with the visitors. They advanced into the last 16 round of Copa del Rey in some style aging eight goals without conceding a single over two legs against Huesca. They opened the new season in a poor fashion, but they seem to have found the right form. The Lions head into this off the back of two consecutive clean sheet wins over Huesca and Girona.

Alaves are having an exceptional season but they have just started to see luck desert them in recent weeks and theyve fallen out of the top four for almost the first time this season. Abelardos men head into this one having lost 3 of their last 4 matches in all competitions. They were beaten 3-0 at Atletico Madrid last weekend but the scoreline flattered Diego Simeones men slightly and Alaves should still take belief into this one as they remain in the top six heading into match-day 16.

Theyll be clear underdogs here though as the two Garitanos (no relation) go head to head in the dugout. Athletic have another Basque derby at San Mames here having beaten rivals Real Sociedad in their most recent home match. Their record against Alaves hasnt been great though in recent times with the Vitoria outfit having only suffered one defeat against the neighbours since returning to the top flight in 2016.

Athletic Bilbao vs Deportivo Alaves Score Prediction

This game really does not have the feel of one that will produce many goals. Its hard to see anything other than a tight, tense derby match developing but Athletic have been consistently getting the results at home since the coaching change last autumn and they may just edge it. Alaves 4 games so far have produced just 4 goals in total while Athletics games have only produced one more.

The visitors have netted two goals in total in the new La Liga season, which is yet another reason why we predict the hosts will emerge triumphant in the Basque derby. Experienced attacker Aritz Aduriz, who missed a penalty in a goalless draw with Mallorca, is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up against Alaves and the opposition defenders should have him at bay.

Alaves have been the highest ranked of the Basque clubs for virtually the entire season but theyve been caught by Athletic over the past couple of weeks and its now Alaves who are playing catch-up here. The battle for 7th was about the only thing still up for discussion this time last year. Fortunately there is plenty more to keep an eye on at both ends this term but this Saturdays match between Athletic Club and Alaves has the feel of a 7th place showdown.

Head to Head

In the first game under the stewardship of new boss Gaizka Garitano, they claimed 3 points in dramatic fashion as veteran striker Aritz Aduriz scored the games only goal and his first of the season in La Liga from the penalty spot in the 92nd minute. Belief has been lacking pretty much all season as far as Athletic Bilbao are concerned but they picked up a huge 3 points last Monday.

The Lions, on the other hand, are having a season to forget, with the team sitting in the relegation zone ahead of Matchday 16. Los Babazorros are a real force to be reckoned with at home and you should bear in mind that they are undefeated at their Estadio de Mendizorroza this term. Estadio de Mendizorroza will host Mondays football game between Deportivo Alaves and Athletic Club, the two Basque clubs. As expected, Alaves were beaten by Atletico Madrid at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in their last league match, with the team dropping to fifth place in the standings. Athletic Club experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Levante in Valencia and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts, who defeated the likes of Real Madrid and Villarreal at home earlier this term.

Alaves will have to stop him from giving the confidence boost if they want something from this game. By looking at their results this year, it seems more likely. We dont see many goals in their encounters, so a tight match is probably expected. An interesting thing is that Bilbaos Raul Garcias last three league goals were all scored before the 20th minute. Both Athletic Bilbao and Alaves started their La Liga campaign by recording solid results. They have only 4 wins from the last 13 games played away from home. These two teams have a lot of history behind them, with many Head-to-Head matches. On the other side, Alaves is not a great away team. Ath Bilbao is in a great form at home, they are without a loss for 14 consecutive games. By looking at all of these facts, they point to the probable Ath Bilbao win.

Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

That victory was their first since the opening day of the season and a stoppage time penalty win is hardly the most convincing way to end a club record winless streak in the league. Athletic did well to keep a clean sheet with a makeshift defence but they still do little to justify their status as slight favourites with most bookies here.

And while he never got a chance to shine at Etihad Stadium, Guidetti proved a great deal of potential during loan spells with Feyenoord and Celtic, and eventually earned a permanent contract with La Liga high flyers Celta Vigo.The talented striker has yet to nail down a regular starting berth at Balaidos, but he has been using the time spent on the pitch wisely, and continued his goalscoring form in Spains top flight.