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Athletic Bilbao are not having the best of seasons so far but have been much better lately. They will now return home, where they will host fellow Basque side Eibar on Saturday. Eibar havve actually been in really good form lately and are currently on an undefeated streak. Both teams are sitting at the middle of the league table but are looking to move up.
Date/Time: 2-23-2019, 14:45 EST
Spread: Athletic Bilbao -0.25
Total: 2.25 Goals
Athletic Bilbao (6-6-12) played a really solid match on the road against Huesca in their last match. They took the lead at the 19th minute from the penalty spot and held on to the result. Athletic Bilbao have been pretty solid lately, losing just once in their last seven (4-1-2). Moreover, they kept five clean sheets in that span. They are now sitting at the 11th spot of the league table with 30 points, just one behind Eibar. Athletic Bilbao are traditionally strong at home, where this season they have lost just twice (4-2-6). When it comes to league matches, they are undefeated in their last seven home matches (3-0-4). In addition, they kept five clean sheets in that span and in each of their last three.
On the other hand, Eibar (7-7-10) fought really hard in their home match against Getafe. It was a pretty balanced first half but their opponents were leading by 2-0 at the 52nd minute. Even so, Eibar scored twice in the second half and held out for a 2-2 draw. That was their second consecutive 2-2 draw after a draw in Sevilla. Eibar are now undefeated in their last five (2-0-3), with both wins coming by 0-3 at home and all three draws finished as 2-2. Eibar are now sitting at the 10th spot of the league table with 31 points, five points behind the top-six. While being really good at home, Eibar have struggled really bad on the road (1-5-5). They have scored the second fewest goals on the road (9) and have conceded 19. Moreover, they have only kept a single clean sheet on the road.
The two teams split the points in a 1-1 draw earlier in the season. Athletic Bilbao have been excellent in this match-up over the years, losing just once in 11 matches (5-1-5). They have also been great as hosts, having not lost in five matches (2-0-3).
Both teams have been in pretty good shape lately, with Eibar being just a little bit better. But they have struggled to get results on the road and Athletic Bilbao have been great at home. The home team have what it takes to take a win here and bypass their opponents in the standings.
La Liga Athletic Bilbao vs Eibar Prediction: Athletic Bilbao -0.25 (-122)
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