La Liga Match Preview: Real Betis vs. Athletic Bilbao

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Updated: February 19, 2014
Athletic Bilbao

Match Date: 23 February 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera

 

Real Betis

Real Betis added a burden to their already-disastrous La Liga campaign after they succumbed to local rivals Granaba by conceding one goal. This left the side stagnated at the table’s bottom while their opponents soared to the top dozen. The frenetic clash was even more put to tension after both sides saw themselves finish the match with 10 men, with Piti claiming the winner just after the half-hour mark.

 

While they employ aggressive tactics, the Beticos often fall short of defending counter attacks. In addition, they are unable to finish scoring chances most of the time while also failing to protect themselves against through ball attacks.

 

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao’s nearly perfect run at home was put to an end on weekend as Espanyol claimed a deserved 2-1 triumph. Goals fired by Sergio Garcia and Diego Colotto ensured the visitors of a double lead, which counts as their second win over their rivals this season when they met up on September for a reverse fixture. Bilbao, nevertheless, were able to claim an equalizer to Espanyol’s opener.

 

Los Leones are currently ranked at the table’s fourth spot, four points clear of Villarreal and Real Sociedad but 16 points behind of the three-way tie frontrunners Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid.

 

Sports betting tip: Athletic Bilbao’s resilience and superb abilities to attack set pieces will make them the clear winners of this match against Real Betis.

 

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