The fans of the Spanish LaLiga cannot complain about the lack of tension in the fight for the international places this season. Before the start of the 27th game day, the league is extremely balanced in the so-called midfield. As a result, at least seven clubs have legitimate hopes for one of the top six favourite places. The first event will start on Friday evening for the opening of the 27th round between Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol Barcelona. The game will be held in San Mamé, Bilbao. Pablo Gonzales Fuertes will take place as a head referee in this amazing contest.
Both football clubs look back on a long common history. Already 167 direct games were held. The balance is conceivably tight. The guests cheered 65 times. 32 draws complete the comparison. A look into the recent past is rather close to a smaller dominance of Espanyol. The first leg in Barcelona on 11th round won the "Periquitos" 1:0. The last victory of Bilbao dates from the season 2016/17. Bilbao beat at San Mamés 2:0 on Matchday 30.
While Espanyol Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 1:0 in a very balanced game in the first half of the season. This time, however, we see the Basques at an advantage. Especially, abroad Espanyol has not jumped much in the past. The balance outside the comfort zone is miserable. In addition, Bilbao has recently shown itself what they are capable of. 16 counters have been retracted from the past eight home games in La Liga. None of it was lost. Statistically, it is thus substantiated why in Athletic Bilbao against Espanyol Barcelona indicate the odds towards a victory of the home side.
Nevertheless, both teams seem to be in good shape at the moment. Almost in step, Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol Barcelona marched from matchday to matchday last. Finding a real favourite purely on the basis of the results of the last rounds is really difficult in this encounter. The point of view will be that Athletic Bilbao has so far clocked in San Mamés almost three times as many counters as Espanyol in foreign stadiums.
Another important point is that the Basques have been very solid on the defensive lately. Eliminating the slip-up against a strong Valencia. The home team has been without a clean sheet three times in a row. In addition, today's hosts have scored at least once in ten of their previous twelve competitive games. It would, therefore, be no surprise if the bookmakers are right with their assessment of the favourites distribution. The odds are still in the attractive range. In the game between Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol Barcelona, the tip on good odds - currently at 1.80 - is interesting for the Basques to win. A deployment of five units is justified.
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