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Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano: Prediction and Betting Tips
Athletic Bilbao will make sure to grab all points
An encouraging start to their La Liga campaign saw Athletic Bilbao go unbeaten in their first five matches. Moreover, Bilbao are unbeaten at home in two games this season and scored in both of them. Despite scoring under a goal a match in La Liga, coach Marcelino’s defense let in just one goal in five matches.
Bilbao will want to build on this very good start and qualify for European competitions for the first time since 2017/18. Certainly, the Lions are on course to extend their undefeated run. Notably, Marcelino’s team have not lost against Rayo in five matches and lost just once in their last 12 meetings. Hence, playing at San Mames, Bilbao will feel the three points are up for grabs.
Athletic Bilbao Key Points
- Bilbao scored 1.25 goals per match in their last five home matches
- The Lions had clean sheets in five of their last ten matches
- Marcelino’s team scored in five of their last six home matches
Rayo Vallecano in the hope of extending their unbeaten run
Newly-promoted Rayo Vallecano are already having a better season than they did in their last appearance in 2018/19. In fact, Rayo are now undefeated in three games after starting the season with two back-to-back defeats. Since season 2000/01, Los Vallecanos spent nine seasons at the top flight. Also, they played in the third division from 2004-2008.
In a very equal match in terms of ball possession, Rayo beat Getafe in the previous round 3-0. Notably, the difference between the two teams was coach Andoni Iraola’s team’s conversion of chances to goals. To be more precise, Rayo scored three goals from five shots at goal.
Rayo Key points
- Rayo scored in seven of their last ten matches
- Los Vallecanos had two clean sheets in their last five away games
- In their last five away matches, Rayo conceded on average 1.2 goals per match
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano Prediction
Two teams with very good form go head to head in this La Liga clash. However, the H2H record is heavily in Bilbao’s favor as the team from the Basque lost just one in nine meetings.
Moreover, looking at their recent form, there is just a 25% chance for both teams to score. Also, there is a 35% chance that over 2.5 goals will be scored. Nevertheless, in their last 14 H2Hs, there were over 2.5 goals in nine matches.
In conclusion, the bookies are considering the two teams’ recent form and favoring a low-scoring game with odds of 1.70 for under 2.5 goals. Hence, we will back that bet.
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano Betting Tips
Under 2.5 Goals 1.70 at Vbet
1 or X and BTTS No 2.20 at Vbet
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