Match Preview: Espanyol 1-1 Ath Bilbao Prediction and Betting Tips 25.01.2020

Espanyol – Ath Bilbao Predictions

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Espanyol 1-1 Ath Bilbao

Date: 25.01.2020 | Match at: 13:00 | League: SPAIN: LaLiga – Round 21 | Tip: Over 1.5 Goals | Odds: 1.58 | Bookie: 1xbet


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  • Espanyol’s worst La Liga (LL) season of the last decade appears to be turning a corner, after they collected points in consecutive matches for the first time this season. The Catalonian outfit have notably opened the scoring back-to-back, having previously done so in just five of their 18 prior LL matches at any venue.
  • Unfortunately for them, they still hold the worst points per game average (1.14) in the league when scoring first. Early set-piece chances may come at a premium in particular, with Espanyol averaging just 1.30 first-half corners per home LL game – one of the lowest such averages in the league.
  • Athletic Bilbao visit having now recorded four consecutive LL draws (all containing two total goals or less). Impressively, they have conceded just ten LL away goals to this point. Furthermore, Bilbao’s last nine away trips have seen just one witness two or more goals in the first half.
  • Though difficult visitors, Bilbao have still gone on to win on just one of the four occasions in which they have opened the scoring on the road (W1, D3). H2H history favours strong starters though, with the half-time result being replicated at the final whistle in all but one of the last seven H2H meetings.
  • Players to watch: Centre-half David López has opened the scoring in consecutive matches for Espanyol, for his only two goals of the season.
  • Similarly, Iñaki Williams has recorded Bilbao’s first goal of the game in two of his last four away appearances.
  • Stat attack: Three (75%) of Espanyol’s last four LL home draws have seen them lead at half-time.
  • The last three LL matches at RCDE Stadium have seen both teams contribute to a total of over 3.5 goals.
  • After 20 weeks, Bilbao remain one of just three teams to have not had a single player sent off this LL season.