Home Pitch Advantage Could Prove Crucial When Sevilla Takes on Athletic BilbaoPublished January 9, 2016 by Florin P
Athletic Bilbao braces for tough defensive test against Sevilla (5:00 p.m UK Time).
Sevilla is no contender for the trophy in the Spanish first flight, but they are a frequent challenger for a Champions League spot. Following the catastrophic start of the season, they seem to be completely out of the playoffs picture, but home pitch performance got them back in the mix. Athletic Bilbao also plays significantly better in front of its fans, but they saw their winning streak come to one end last weekend.
Points Squandered in Early 2016
Sevilla was not expected to struggle on the road against Granada, but the home side scored twice and marched on to a narrow margin victory. It didn’t help that Remi picked up a red card with 10 minutes left in the game and the defendant will obviously miss the match against Bilbao.
The real challenge for the home side is to improve its offensive performance and the good news is that both Llorente and Gameiro are fit to play. The latter is the top scorer for Sevilla and he managed to score against Athletic Bilbao in the past, so he remains the main threat for the visitors.
Subpar Performance on the Road
Athletic Bilbao is known for struggling when playing away from home, but they had a particularly difficult task against Sevilla. They won just twice in 20 games and draws were just as rare, not to mention that this season Sevilla is yet to draw a game at home.
The visitors will need to pick themselves up after dropping precious points at home against Las Palmas and conceding two goals. Aduriz will be their only striker for this fixture, but the real challenge is to reinforce the backline in time for what promises to be an offensive onslaught. Bet365 Sports offers even odds on a home win and since this is more than a coin flip, it’s worth siding with the home side.