Athletic Bilbao vs Sporting Gijon Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Venue: San Mames Barria

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Athletic Bilbao vs Sporting Gijon Match Prediction

By Gary Gillles

Athletic Bilbao secured a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid to extend their unbeaten run in the league to four games. Despite suffering an early setback through Koke’s 3rd minute goal, Athletic Bilbao managed a spirited fightback and were leading early in the second half after goals from Lekue and De Marcos. However, Antoine Griezmann’s 80th minute goal meant that the wait for a league win in 2017 goes on. Sporting Gijon picked up a point from their goalless draw with Real Betis to stay five points behind Leganes. This was Sporting Gijon’s first clean sheet since October.

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Athletic Bilbao Preview

A four-game winless run has opened up a sizeable gap to the likes of Real Sociedad, and Athletic Bilbao’s chase for a Europa League spot is coming under a lot of pressure. The team has failed to score in three out of the last five league matches. In fact, Athletic Bilbao have the worst offensive record in the top half of the La Liga with only 24 goals from the 19 matches. Raul Garcia and Aduriz alone have contributed 11 of these goals. Athletic Bilbao, though, remain formidable at home and possess the third best home record behind Real Madrid and Sevilla.

Sporting Gijon Preview

The arrival of Rubi as the new coach of Sporting Gijon had an instant impact, as the club kept their first clean sheet in almost 3 months. The clean sheet against Real Betis was a huge achievement for a club which has the third worst defensive record with 37 league goals conceded. Only Osasuna and Granada have a worse defensive record than Sporting Gijon. Rubi’s next task is likely to improve the club’s disappointing away form. Sporting Gijon have taken only three points on the road this season. Mikel Vesga has been brought in from Athletic Bilbao on a loan deal.

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Sporting Gijon Team News

Mikel Vesga is both ineligible to play against his parent club and suffering from a knee injury. Douglas (knee) and Jorge Mere (hamstring) are the other unavailable players for new coach Rubi.

Sporting Gijon Team News

Mikel Vesga is both ineligible to play against his parent club and suffering from a knee injury. Douglas (knee) and Jorge Mere (hamstring) are the other unavailable players for new coach Rubi.

Betting Tips and Predictions

One of the three wins for Sporting Gijon this season came against Athletic Bilbao, but facing Ernesto Valverde’s team at the San Mames Barria is an entirely different prospect. Athletic Bilbao’s only defeat at home this season has been against Barcelona. Sporting Gijon may take a lot of confidence from the reverse fixture. Athletic Bilbao do not score much and the presence of a new coach would give Sporting Gijon an extra edge. I would back an Athletic Bilbao win or a draw.

Three out of the last four home matches for Athletic Bilbao have witnessed over 2.5 goals. Athletic Club are finding a good touch in terms of scoring, and I would back over 2.5 goals in this game.

Athletic Bilbao win or draw – 3/40

Goals over 2.5 – 3/4

Athletic Bilbao saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Sporting Gijon

Sporting Gijon saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Athletic Bilbao

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Athletic Bilbao Form Guide

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo

Athletic Bilbao

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
W H

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

05-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Fiorentina Team Logo Fiorentina

FT 3 - 5

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

05-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Mainz 05 Team Logo Mainz 05

FT 5 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

11-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Hannover 96 Team Logo Hannover 96

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

12-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Augsburg Team Logo Augsburg

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

20-08-2018

Primera Division

Leganes Team Logo Leganes

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

27-08-2018

Primera Division

SD Huesca Team Logo SD Huesca

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

06-09-2018

Club Friendlies

Real Valladolid Team Logo Real Valladolid

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

15-09-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

23-09-2018

Primera Division

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

Sporting Gijon Form Guide

Sporting Gijon Team Logo

Sporting Gijon

Won

3

Draw

4

Lost

3
L H

10-06-2018

Segunda Division Playoff

Real Valladolid Team Logo Real Valladolid

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Chaves Team Logo Chaves

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

08-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Getafe Team Logo Getafe

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

18-08-2018

Segunda Division

Alcorcon Team Logo Alcorcon

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

26-08-2018

Segunda Division

Gimnastic Team Logo Gimnastic

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

02-09-2018

Segunda Division

Extremadura Team Logo Extremadura

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

09-09-2018

Segunda Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

13-09-2018

Copa del Rey

Numancia Team Logo Numancia

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

D H

16-09-2018

Segunda Division

Numancia Team Logo Numancia

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

22-09-2018

Segunda Division

Osasuna Team Logo Osasuna

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Athletic Bilbao Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Sporting Gijon Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Athletic Bilbao vs Sporting Gijon Sidelined Players

Athletic Bilbao
19 Sabin Merino Injured
26 Kepa Arrizabalaga Injured
23 Ager Aketxe Injured
Sporting Gijon
2 Douglas Injured
4 Jorge Mere Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Gorka Iraizoz Moreno 191 87
24 RB Mikel Balenziaga 177 74
18 LB Oscar de Marcos 180 76
2 CD Eneko Boveda 181 77
4 CD Aymeric Laporte 191 85
10 CM Iker Muniain 168 62
15 CM Inigo Lekue 179 70
7 CDM Benat Etxebarria 175 72
22 CM Raul Garcia 183 80
6 CDM Mikel San Jose 186 77
20 CF Aritz Aduriz 181 78
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Ivan Cuellar 185 75
15 RB Roberto Canella 180 68
5 CD Fernando Amorebieta 190 77
16 LB Manuel Lillo Castellano 180 76
3 CD Jean-Sylvain Babin 182 84
19 CM Carlos Carmona 177 71
18 RM Isma Lopez 180 76
21 CM Xavier Torres 182 76
7 LM Victor Romero Rodriguez 170 70
24 CF Duje Cop 184 73
25 CF Borja Viguera 184 80