La Liga Match Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Valladolid

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Updated: January 13, 2014
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Match Date: 20 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: San Mamés

 

Athletic Bilbao

They may have lost the silverware to Real Betis in the Copa del Rey, but they were nevertheless very successful in their battle against Almeria in the Spanish top-flight league. The 6-1 home victory they scored from Juegos Mediterráneos was massive enough to allow them to pick up all the spoils and keep them invigorated to stay in the top four. With a total of 32 goals scored, 11 matches triumphed, and 36 points earned, the side are assured of replicating (or surpassing) their success in the fixtures to come.

 

Buoyant and determined, Los Leones always back themselves up will faculties that often surprise (and overwhelm) their rivals. Rising above every downfall is one of their strongest qualities, along with a massive capacity to dominate aerial duels over.

 

Real Valladolid

Whether in the Copa del Rey or in La Liga, Real Valladolid do not have enough traction to wrap themselves up in an impressive form. Their past 11 matches (in all tournaments) only yielded them with one victory, while the rest of the streak mostly finished in defeats. In the Spanish top-tier league, they remain among the most at-risk of relegation, jumping back and forth in the bottom three for several occasions already.

 

Pucela are practically weak at avoiding individual errors, having sent several players to the bench with a red card above them. They are also very poor at defending against through ball attacks. However, Valladolid are remarkably good at shooting from direct free kicks.

 

Online betting tip: Armed with a much efficient attacking power and defensive skills, Athletic Bilbao could reign supreme in this joist against Real Valladolid.

 

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