Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, Odds and Betting Tips 08/04/2023

Espanyol
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Espanyol - Athletic Bilbao

Spain Primera Liga - RCDE Stadium

* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change

One of the more interesting matchups in this La Liga round is the one between Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao, scheduled for Saturday, April 8th. So, we have prepared a preview of the game for you, along with some our best football betting tips for it.

Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions and Picks

If you need assistance to determine what is the best bet for the Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao duel or you want to check our other La Liga predictions, you've come to the right place:

Espanyol to Win

The home team enters this game after losing four in a row and sitting in the relegation zone. However, the fact that Espanyol desperately needs a win is not the only reason why our first prediction for Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao is for the home team to win.

The bigger reason comes from the fact that Athletic Bilbao also struggled recently, with just one win in the last six La Liga matches. On top of that, they enter this game after a heartbreaking loss to Osasuna in Copa del Rey semifinals, so we feel this is a great opportunity for Espanyol to break their losing streak.

Under 2.5 Total Goals

Four of the last five h2h meetings between Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao have gone under 2.5 total goals and we can see that being the case once again in this match.

Furthermore, Athletic Bilbao averaged 2.37 goals per game in La Liga so far, while Espanyol averaged 2.87 goals per game in the league this season. So, our second Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao prediction is for the game to end with fewer than three goals scored.

Top Betting Odds and Stats for Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao

View our list of the best stats for this game below, alongside a tool to help you choose the most lucrative Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao odds.

Head to Head

18/01/23

Spain Copa del Rey Spain

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

Espanyol

Espanyol

1

0

04/09/22

Spain Primera Liga Liga

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

Espanyol

Espanyol

0

1

07/02/22

Spain Primera Liga Liga

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

Espanyol

Espanyol

2

1

26/10/21

Spain Primera Liga Liga

Espanyol

Espanyol

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

1

1

25/01/20

Spain Primera Liga Liga

Espanyol

Espanyol

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

1

1

Last Five - Espanyol

23/06/24

Spain Segunda SEG

Oviedo

Oviedo

Espanyol

Espanyol

0

2

W

16/06/24

Spain Segunda SEG

Oviedo

Oviedo

Espanyol

Espanyol

1

0

L

13/06/24

Spain Segunda SEG

Sporting Gijon

Sporting Gijon

Espanyol

Espanyol

0

0

D

09/06/24

Spain Segunda SEG

Sporting Gijon

Sporting Gijon

Espanyol

Espanyol

0

1

W

02/06/24

Spain Segunda SEG

FC Cartagena

FC Cartagena

Espanyol

Espanyol

0

3

W

Last Five - Athletic Bilbao

25/05/24

Spain Primera Liga Liga

Rayo Vallecano

Rayo Vallecano

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

0

1

W

19/05/24

Spain Primera Liga Liga

Sevilla

Sevilla

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

0

2

W

15/05/24

Spain Primera Liga Liga

Celta Vigo

Celta Vigo

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

2

1

L

11/05/24

Spain Primera Liga Liga

Osasuna

Osasuna

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

2

2

D

03/05/24

Spain Primera Liga Liga

Getafe

Getafe

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao

0

2

W

We will now take a look at some other markets and top odds for this game:

Espanyol odds: 13/5 (3.60) – 27.80%

Draw odds: 23/10 (3.30) – 30.30%

Athletic Bilbao odds: 5/4 (2.25) – 44.40%

We can see that Athletic Bilbao are the expected winners here with 44.40% win probability. Meanwhile, the main favourite to be the First Goalscorer in this match is Gorka Guruzeta at 24/5 (5.80) odds, which implies a 17.20% probability. Meanwhile, the most probable Correct Score based on the odds is a 1-1 draw at 11/2 (6.50) – 15.40%.

Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao Potential Lineups, Team News, and More

Read all of the latest injury updates and team news for this bout between Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao below.

Espanyol

With four losses in a row, it's pretty clear that Espanyol is far from being anywhere near good form. In fact, due to this poor run, Espanyol dropped down to the relegation zone. On the bright side, a few other teams are within a point or two from them, but Espanyol needs to get out of their poor form as soon as possible or it might be too late to avoid relegation.

When it comes to team news, Brian Olivan, Gori and Adria Pedrosa are currently on Espanyol's injury list.

Espanyol Predicted Lineup:

Pacheco – R. Sanchez, Montes, Cabrera, Gil – Puado, Vinicius, Melamed, Braithwaite – Darder – Joselu

Athletic Bilbao

The Basque team has been in a bad form lately with one win in the last six La Liga matches, along with two draws and three losses. Despite that, they still remain in the top half of the standings, in seventh place, but they are now seven points behind a place that would take them to European competitions next season and with them being eliminated in Copa del Rey semis, that option seems more and more distant.

Meanwhile, Jon Morcillo, Inigo Lekue, and Ander Herrera will miss the next match with injuries.

Athletic Bilbao Predicted Lineup:

Aguirrezabala – De Marcos, Vivian, I. Martinez, Yuri – Sancet, Vesga, Muniain – Berenguer, I. Williams, N. Williams

Starting Lineups

Teams will name their starting lineups approximately one hour before the kickoff.

Espanyol

Espanyol
4-3-3
13
Fernando Pacheco
es
27
Ruben Sanchez Saez
es
23
Cesar Montes
mx
4
Leandro Cabrera
uy
2
Oscar Regano
es
20
Edu Exposito
es
15
Jose Gragera
es
10
Sergi Darder
es
17
Martin Braithwaite
dk
9
Mato Joselu
es
7
Javi Puado
es
Substitutes
18
Ronael Pierre-Gabriel
fr
25
Alvaro Fernandez
es
19
Dani Gomez
es
5
Fernando Calero
es
1
Joan Garcia Pons
es
12
Vinicius de Souza Costa
br
21
Nicolas Melamed Ribaudo
es
16
Jose Carlos Lazo
es
6
Denis Suarez
es
8
Keidi Bare
al
22
Aleix Vidal
es

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao
4-2-3-1
1
Unai Simon
es
18
Oscar De Marcos
es
3
Dani Vivian
es
4
Inigo Martinez
es
17
Yuri Berchiche
es
6
Mikel Vesga
es
14
Dani Garcia
es
9
Inaki Williams
gh
8
Oihan Sancet
es
7
Alex Berenguer
es
12
Gorka Guruzeta
es
Substitutes
11
Nico Williams
es
19
Oier Zarraga
es
16
Unai Vencedor
es
24
Mikel Balenziaga
es
13
Julen Agirrezabala
es
31
Aitor Paredes
es
10
Iker Muniain
es
23
Ander Herrera
es
22
Raul Garcia
es
21
Ander Capa
es
5
Yeray Alvarez
es
29
Malcom Adu
es

Player to Watch: Gorka Guruzeta

One of the keys to getting a good result here for Espanyol is for them to stop Gorka Guruzeta, so he's our player to watch in this duel against Espanyol.

After all, the Spanish forward managed to score six goals despite only starting in nine games of the twenty he appeared in, which makes him the team's second goalscorer behind Oihan Sancet.

Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao – Common Questions

Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao

  • When will the game start? The game will start at 3:15 pm GMT on Saturday, April 8th.
  • What is the venue of the game? The venue of the game is RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat.
  • What was the score last time these two teams met? Athletic Bilbao beat Espanyol 1-0 last time they played each other.

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