This Wednesday’s duel at Municipal de Butarque is a bigger one for the visitors than the hosts in truth. Athletic Bilbao now appears to be in a race with Alaves and Betis for 7th place, which will almost certainly mean Europa League football, unless cup finalists Valencia have a total collapse. Leganes meanwhile look destined for a mid-table finish, a fine achievement for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men.
Leganes have been in a thrilling shape of late and the fact that they managed to hold star-studded Real Madrid to a draw in their last home fixture is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of the Basque outfit.
The capital club has been impressive at the back in the 2018-2019 La Liga season and we are positive that they are going to rely on their rock-solid defence against Athletic Bilbao. The Lions, on the other hand, has been producing fine performances in the second half of the season and, as a result, they are still in the race for a place in the Europa League. However, seeing that Leganes are tough to beat at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw.
This game looks unlikely to produce many goals and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if it ended with three goals. Leganes are pretty cautious, even at home, usually operating with what is basically a back five game. Athletic aren’t blessed with an enormous amount of creativity and forward Inaki Williams is unlikely to be allowed much space to run into and make use of his lightning pace.
Athletic though have been very solid at the back on the whole since the change in coach and will fancy they can handle Leganes’ direct game relatively well. They have drawn 38.6% of their league fixtures so far this season, with more of their matches ending level than they have won or lost.
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