Match Preview: Villarreal vs Ath Bilbao

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Villarreal vs Ath Bilbao

Spain La Liga – Round 31



The league table has lied in the case of Villarreal, with them higher in the standings than performances warrant. They will be seeking to improve on their deserved 1 – 0 defeat to Málaga last time out. Athletic Club deserved much more than the final 1 – 1 suggests in their last game against Celta Vigo. Villarreal is taken to win, with both sides hitting the net.


Villarreal vs Ath Bilbao News, Stats & Facts

  • Villarreal have won only three of their last 11 league games against Athletic (D5 L3), with these wins all coming at home.
  • The Yellow Submarine have won more La Liga home games against Athletic than against any other side (11).
  • The side from the Basque country has drawn two of their last 12 league away games against Villarreal, losing the other 10.
  • Athletic’s last away win against Villarreal was in January 2016 in Copa del Rey (1-0 with an Inaki Williams goal) and their last in La Liga came in February 2004 (1-0).
  • Villarreal has lost five of their last nine La Liga games (W3 D1), only one fewer than in their previous 21 in the competition this season (W11 D4 L6).
  • Athletic have lost their last four La Liga away games, failing to score in each of them. The last time they lost five league away games without scoring was in March 1974.
  • Enes Unal scored two goals in Villarreal’s last home game, becoming only the second Turkish player to score a brace in the competition in the last nine seasons, after Arda Turan (twice).
  • Only against Getafe (11), has Aritz Aduriz scored more La Liga goals than against Villarreal (10, seven for Athletic Club).
  • Raul Garcia has scored five goals against Villarreal in La Liga, his joint-favourite opponent in the competition, alongside Celta Vigo.
  • Jose Angel Ziganda has only lost one of his seven games as a manager against Villarreal in La Liga (W3 D3) and is unbeaten on his two visits to the Yellow ground (W1 D1).


Verdict: Total Goals Over 2


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