Athletic Bilbao Resumes Desperate Chase for Europa LeaguePublished February 19, 2017 by Florin P
Athletic Bilbao tries to take advantage of Valencia’s struggles and secure three vital points for a Europa League berth. (5:15 p.m UK Time).
Athletic Bilbao is following the same path as last season, with plenty of victories at home and a disappointing performance on the road. While it’s too late to reverse the trend now, they can still make amends and pick up some valuable points on the road. The first opportunity presents itself on Sunday when they take on Valencia, a team struggling heavily regardless of value.
No Objective in Sight for Valencia
The home side has changed many managers this season and this didn’t do them any good. They are still struggling in the second half of the standings but at least they don’t have to worry about relegation. Even though they are just four points above the dangerous area, they have enough depth not to worry about the future. Furthermore, the direct competitors are equally terrible and keep bleeding points.
The biggest problem for Valencia is that the team is somehow caught in a limbo and drifting aimlessly match after match. With no objective for the remaining rounds, many players contemplate transfer options and have no expectations from this season. They will put up a fight against Athletic Bilbao only until the visitors score the first goal, so the first half will be critical.
Fortune Favors the Bold
Athletic Bilbao has made a bad habit of conceding early goals and the amount won in each of the last four games. On three occasions they managed to change their fortunes and even won twice, with a great deal of luck and big mistakes from referees. In any case, the Basque team is showing a lot of fighting spirit and will throw everything it’s got at Valencia this weekend. Punters should go with the flow on this one and take the odds of 3/5 offered on a double chance bet on Bilbao by bet365 Sports.