The game between Villarreal and Atletico Bilbao is not worth three points. You can easily say that 6 points are on the table in this game because these two teams are currently next to each other in La Liga standings. Villarreal is on the 5th place with 51 points, while Atletico Bilbao has one point less on the 6th place.
So basically if one team wins he does not get only 3 points out of this match he also takes three points from his opponent. This is why this game is the main event of the night and why we chose it. We will try to give you some valuable information, although the game itself is pretty exciting and unclear considering the winner.
Both Villarreal and Athletic are in a tough position because right behind them are Real Sociedad with 49 points and Eibar with 47 points and these teams can endanger their current spots and participation in European competitions the next year.
After two consecutive defeats against Las Palmas and Eibar, Villarreal won against Real Betis in an away game last week wit a minimal result 0-1. This was a much-needed win for them, because the team from behind were closing up on them. The Yellow Submarine and their fans are still hoping that they can reach Sevilla on the 4th place and qualify for the Champions League. At this stage, they are 7 points behind them, but Sevilla is experiencing some bad results lately.
The home team will be without Sergio Asenjo, Dennis Cheryshev, and Antonio Rukavina. But they were already playing without them for some time, so this shouldn't be much of a trouble for them.
Athletico Bilbao had an easy game this Wednesday against Espanyol at San Mames in which they put down a victory, 2-0. Aritz Aduriz once again proved that his age cannot affect his performances as he has 12 goals scored this season so far in La Liga.
In the last two games on the road, Atletico Bilbao took all 6 points but the overall record is awful because they lost in 8 games from 14 matches.
Ian head-to-head matches Bilbao has three victories in the last 4 games and Villarreal couldn't score one goal in the last three consecutive matches.
This is something that will give them a huge motive tonight.
We think that this game is going to be pretty tight because both teams are similar strengths and we cannot separate them at this time. Having in mind the current situation in the standings, we expect a cautious approach by both coaches and the game with a lot of tactics. Fran Escribá and Ernesto Valverde are known as coaches that rely on tactics and have a huge knowledge in that area.
A moderate number of goals is the most likely outcome at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Both teams to score would be a good bet tonight and this is our final advice, for you.
Enjoy your evening and prepare for the upcoming weekend where we will have a lot of potential games for betting.