Eibar vs. Athletic Bilbao 6/17/20 La Liga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Athletic Bilbao (9-11-8) at Eibar (7-6-15)
La Liga Soccer: Wednesday June 17, 2020 at 1:30 pm (Estadio Municipal de Ipurua)
The Line: Eibar +225 / Draw +195 / Athletic Bilbao +135 -- O/U: 2 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Eibar and Athletic Bilbao meet in La Liga soccer action from the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua on Wednesday afternoon.
Eibar enter this match in 16th place after coming out of the restart with what ended up being a 3rd straight loss in the form of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in their last match. The loss sent Eibar to 7 wins, 6 draws and 15 losses with 27 points. In the loss to Real Madrid, Eibar fell behind after just four minutes, and Real would make it 2-0 at the half hour before pushing the lead to 3-0 seven minutes later. Pedro Bigas pulled a goal back for Eibar at the hour mark, but that was as close as they would end up getting as Real Madrid would slam the door shut the rest of the way. Fabian Orellana leads Eibar with 7 goals and 6 assists this year.
Athletic Bilbao on the other hand, come into the match in 10th, sitting on 38 points with a record of 9 wins, 11 draws and 8 losses after a 1-1 tie with Atletico Madrid in their last match. In the game against Atletico, Iker Muniain gave Bilbao the lead in the 37th minute before Atleti would tie the game at one just two minutes later. Bilbao owned 55% possession in the match and held a 10-9 advantage in terms of goal attempts and 4-2 in regards to shots on goal but neither side would score a deciding goal the rest of the way, leading to both sides settling for a share of the spoils. Raul Garcia leads Bilbao with 9 goals this season while Inaki Williams has 6 goals and Iker Muniain has 5 goals on the year. Ander Capa has a team-high 4 assists this season. Unai Simon is Athletic Bilbao’s top goalkeeper, conceding 0.8 goals per 90 minutes with 10 clean sheets in 25 league appearances this season.
Bilbao did very well holding Atletico to a draw, and the fact remains that Bilbao are still the 3rd-best defense in La Liga up to this point, conceding just 24 goals on the year. However, Bilbao’s form away from home leaves a lot to be desired, and while Eibar doesn’t have the home field advantage with no spectators in the stands, it’s still a hard ask to go on the road and improve your away form with guys still trying to get their legs back underneath them. I think this is one of those games where the majority is played in the middle third, and since four or the last six head-to-head meetings have ended all square, I’ll take a shot with the draw here.