Valencia vs. Athletic Bilbao 7/1/20 La Liga Soccer Picks and Prediction
Athletic Bilbao (11-12-9) at Valencia (12-10-10)
La Liga Soccer: Wednesday July 1, 2020 at 1:30 PM (Estadio de Mestalia)
The Line: Valencia +150 / Draw +205 / Athletic Bilbao +210 -- O/U: 2 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Valencia takes on Athletic Bilbao in La Liga soccer action from the Estadio de Mestalia on Wednesday afternoon.
Valencia comes into this match in 8th place on 46 points with a record of 12 wins, 10 draws and 10 losses following back-to-back defeats after a 2-0 loss to Villarreal last time out. In the loss to Villarreal, Valencia fell behind in the 14th minute and Villarreal would double their lead half an hour later. Valencia would try to get back into the match but would be unable to register a shot on goal in the second half, keeping themselves off of the scoreboard at full time. Maxi Gomez leads Valencia in scoring with 9 goals while Daniel Parejo has 8 goals and Rodrigo Moreno has a team-high 7 assists on the year.
Athletic Bilbao on the other hand, come into this one just one spot below Valencia in 9th, parked on 45 points with a record of 11 wins, 12 draws and 9 losses after a 3-1 win over Mallorca in their last match. In the victory over Mallorca, Raul Garcia gave Bilbao the lead from the penalty spot in the 16th minute before Ohlan Sancet doubled Athletic’s lead in the 24th minute. Mallorca would pull a goal back in the 70th minute of play, but couldn’t find an equalizing goal before Asler Villalibre restored Bilbao’s two-goal cushion in the 90th minute of play. Garcia leads Bilbao in scoring with 11 goals this season while Ander Capa and Unal Lopez each have a team-high 4 assists on the year. Unai Simon is Athletic Bilbao’s #1 goalkeeper, conceding 0.83 goals per 90 minutes with 11 clean sheets in 29 league appearances this season.
A ton of Valencia’s success has come at home, where Valencia is unbeaten in 16 matches at the Mestalia this season. However, Bilbao is no slouch, and while they’ve only won two away games this year, Bilbao’s found a way to scrounge up eight draws over that span. I think this is a battle from start to finish between two teams that are neck and neck in the La Liga table, and as such I’m going to side with the draw as my main bet as well as a side bet on the correct score of 1-1 for decent plus odds as well.