Malaga vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Malaga vs Athletic Bilbao Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

Malaga remain rooted to the bottom of the table after a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Valencia in the midweek action. Santi Mina opened the scoring after just 17 minutes, while Simone Zaza was able to complete a hat-trick in the space of eight second-half minutes. Rodrigo added a late third to pile on the misery for manager Michel. Athletic Bilbao were beaten 2-1 by Atletico Madrid in the midweek league match. Aduriz missed a first-half penalty, and Angel Correa made the opposition pay in the 55th minute with the first goal of the game. Substitute Yannick Carrasco doubled the advantage in the second-half, while Raul Garcia was able to score a late consolation. Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Malaga may be at home, but the club have come in with some disastrous performances of late. Even though Athletic Bilbao are winless in the last three games of all competitions, I have seen Bilbao dominate recent matches against Malaga with three wins in the last five. Even though two of those victories have come at San Mames, Bilbao have been quite decent in recent away matches. I would go with an Athletic Bilbao. After failing to score in 13 appearances against Malaga, Raul Garcia has netted two goals in his last three matches against this opponent. While his overall record of two goals in 16 games against Malaga does not make for good reading, his recent form against this club is good. Garcia scored his first goal of the season against Atletico Madrid. Last season, he was a decent contributor with 10 goals in the league. I would go with Raul Garcia to score anytime.

Athletic Bilbao win – 7/5

Raul Garcia to score anytime – 12/5

Athletic Bilbao saw over 1.5 goals in 10 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

0.6

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Malaga Form Guide

Malaga Team Logo

Malaga

Won

1

Draw

1

Lost

8
L H

17-02-2018

Primera Division

Valencia Team Logo Valencia

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

25-02-2018

Primera Division

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo Athletic Bilbao

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L H

28-02-2018

Primera Division

Sevilla Team Logo Sevilla

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

03-03-2018

Primera Division

Leganes Team Logo Leganes

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

10-03-2018

Primera Division

Barcelona Team Logo Barcelona

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

18-03-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

01-04-2018

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

06-04-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

15-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

19-04-2018

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Athletic Bilbao Form Guide

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo

Athletic Bilbao

Won

2

Draw

3

Lost

5
D H

28-02-2018

Primera Division

Valencia Team Logo Valencia

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

03-03-2018

Primera Division

Sevilla Team Logo Sevilla

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

08-03-2018

Europa League Final Stage

Marseille Team Logo Marseille

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

W H

11-03-2018

Primera Division

Leganes Team Logo Leganes

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L H

15-03-2018

Europa League Final Stage

Marseille Team Logo Marseille

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

18-03-2018

Primera Division

Barcelona Team Logo Barcelona

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

D H

31-03-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

09-04-2018

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

14-04-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 2 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

18-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

Malaga Preview

Malaga probably came in with their worst performance of the season in the match against Valencia, and manager Michel may be counting his days at the club if such performances persist. Malaga remain bottom of the table and are in danger of drifting away from safety – even at this stage – if results do not improve. The heavy loss against Valencia means that Malaga have picked up no points and have a -10 goal difference after the first five matches. Malaga have scored just one goal – at home against Las Palmas – in the five league matches.

Malaga Team News

Adalberto Maestre (foot) is the only player unavailable for Michel coming into the game.

Athletic Bilbao Preview

The last two games have ended in a defeat for Athletic Bilbao, whose last victory in any competition was against Girona just after the international break. After having been defensively solid in the first few matches of the season, Athletic Bilbao have conceded in the last two league matches. The club may be feeling the effects of relying heavily on Aduriz for their goals. The 36-year-old was the club’s top scorer last season and is on course to hitting the same heights once again in the 2017-18 La Liga campaign. Yet, the lack of goals from Bilbao whenever Aduriz fails to find the back of the net is starting to become a common theme. The 36-year-old has two league goals this season.

Athletic Bilbao Team News

Oscar De Marcos (ankle), Yeray Alvarez (cancer), and Iker Undabarrene (cruciate ligament) are the players unavailable for Athletic Bilbao.

Malaga Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.6

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 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

Malaga vs Athletic Bilbao Sidelined Players

Malaga
16 Adalberto Penaranda Injured
3 Diego Gonzalez Injured
11 Gonzalo Castro Injured
19 Emanuel Cecchini Injured
26 Youssef En-Nesyri Injured
Athletic Bilbao
18 Oscar de Marcos Injured
17 Mikel Rico Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Roberto 191 94
18 LB Roberto Rosales 174 67
22 CD Paul Baysse 184 82
15 RB Federico Ricca 179 71
4 CD Luis Hernandez 182 74
28 LM Mula 177 64
14 CM Jose Recio 183 74
6 CM Zdravko Kuzmanovic 186 79
8 RM Adrian Gonzalez 184 75
9 CF Borja Baston 191 82
24 CF Diego Rolan 179 69
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Kepa Arrizabalaga 186 85
15 LB Inigo Lekue 179 70
4 CD Aymeric Laporte 189 85
30 CD Unai Nunez 186 -
24 RB Mikel Balenziaga 177 74
21 CDM Mikel Vesga 191 86
6 CDM Mikel San Jose 186 77
10 CM Iker Muniain 168 62
11 CM Inaki Williams 186 77
28 CM Inigo Cordoba 180 74
20 CF Aritz Aduriz 181 78