Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction and Betting Preview, 01 Jul 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 0-2
As the season kicked off last year August, many expected Valencia to be in the running for a top-four finish, perhaps even challenge the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid for the league title. However, this is not how their campaign has panned out.
Match status: 2019-20 La Liga - Matchweek 33
Kick-off:
Venue: Mestalla (Valencia)
With Albert Celades at the helm, Los Che got off to a flying start, delivering some impressive results to place them in continental qualification reckoning. However, a horrific recent run of spell has seen the club plunge down to eighth on the log.

A whopping eight points shy of the final Champions League spot, the club deemed it the right time to take action, relieving Celades of his role as head coach. Now, a familiar face in Voro has been appointed as interim head coach till the end of the season.

Vested with the task of bringing Valencia’s stuttering campaign back on the right track, the Spanish gaffer will already be mapping out his tactics – one that will hopefully get the Bats ticking once again.

Scheduled to take on fellow Europa League hopefuls Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday evening, Los Che will be determined to easily dispatch this side to get Voro’s reign off to a flying start.

Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao Team News

Despite enduring a recent rough spell, Valencia are still very much in the running for a Europa League place finish come the end of the season. Just five points off sixth-placed Villarreal, a string of positive results over the coming weeks could see Los Che break into the European places in no time.

Taking on direct top-six rivals Villarreal, the Bats were presented with a golden chance of returning to continental qualification reckoning. Desperate to secure the three points, Valencia failed in their tracks as they were condemned to a 2-0 defeat.

On the back foot for large parts of the game, Voro’s charges never really got going throughout the match. Villarreal made do of all three points in the first-half with well-taken goals from Paco Alcacer and Moreno to send themselves further clear of Valencia on the log.

Also bidding for a place amongst the top-six mix, Athletic Bilbao welcomed relegation-threatened Mallorca to the San Memes Stadium with open arms, and stabbing them in the back. In dire need of points, ATH dispatched their struggling opposition with ease.

Bilbao never really looked like losing the game, grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck right from kickoff. Goals from Garcia, Sancet and Villalibre were enough to seal a comprehensive victory for Gaizka’s men as Mallorca were condemned to yet another defeat.

For this fixture, Valencia are slight favorites for the win. Few days ago, Bilbao would easily have been touted favorites for the win, thanks to Los Che’s recent struggles in the league. However, the appointment of Voro as head coach has brought some sense of optimism about the club.

Los Che have remained unbeaten on home turf this season, one of three La Liga sides to hold this prestigious record.

Meanwhile, ATH have admitted just one defeat from their previous five league games. Worryingly, they have emerged victorious just twice from their 16 away fixtures this term.

Injured or Suspended Players

Valencia: Cristiano Piccini, Ezequiel Garay and Mouctar Diakhaby.
Athletic Bilbao: Benat Etxebarria.

Pre-Match Odds

Valencia: 2.665
Draw: 3.088
Athletic Bilbao: 3.16

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Who will win the match?

Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions

The above stats highlight Athletic Bilbao’s struggles on the road. They are winless in each of their last two away games, struggling to register goals as well. Meanwhile, Valencia are on a better run of form and favorites for the win.

Also, with a new manager at the helm, the players have been presented with a clean slate to impress. They will want to be a major part of Voro’s philosophies going forward. As such, expect a spirited performance from Valencia here. The safest punt will be a double chance backing Los Che for the win.
Our Betting Tip:
Valencia Win @ 2.66
Correct Score:
Valencia 3-1 Athletic Bilbao @ 21.00

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Both Teams To Score:
BTTS @ 2.10
Match Winner:
Valencia Win @ 2.66
Over/Under:
Over 2.5 @ 2.52
Goalscorer:
Gameiro To Score @ 3.13
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