Athletic Bilbao vs. Villareal Preview: San Mamés Clash Foresees A Stalemate

Updated: October 8, 2013

Match Date: 21 October 2013 (local time)

Venue: San Mamés, Bilbao


A battle between two equally aggressive and determined clubs takes place in San Mamés, Bilbao. Athletic Bilbao plans to move up, but so is the newly promoted Villareal.


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Athletic Bilbao

Mikel Rico’s late score, gave a boost to Athletic Bilbao’s morale after overcoming an impending defeat against Valencia. His 76th minute shot resulted to a stalemate and help the Lions remain a strong contender in the league.


Garnering a total of 13 points and occupying the 6th spot, Los Leones’ form remains unquestionable. With 4 wins, 3 losses and a draw, there is no doubt that they are one of the most talked about clubs in La Liga and a worthy opponent against another strong squad, Villareal.


However, in order for them to survive the upcoming clash, they need to focus on improving thee individual errors committed by the team members. They cannot afford to be contented with lost possession and weak conversion.


Technically speaking, the have the advantage since they will be playing in their own territory, Unfortunately, it seemed like Athletic Bilbao is slowed down by injury issues.


There is doubt on whether Kike Sola, Balenziaga, Ibay Gomez and Aritz Aduriz will play due to the damages they have sustained along their La Liga feat.



Villareal just came off from a fresh 3-0 victory against Granada. Bruno, Giovani dos Santos and Tomás Pina fired the club’s winning goals and left their opponent at bay.


Although they are a newly promoted club, Villareal presents a strong form. As a matter of fact, they are currently occupying the 4th spot of the league. They have only lost once during its last 8 matches while majority of its encounters ended in their favor. They have incurred 2 draws, though and that was during the clashes against Real Madrid and Celta Vigo.


In terms of their injuries, there is still, no assurance on whether Giovani dos Santos can play due to a broken hand. Similarly, Juame Costa endures a sprained ankle. The club is still, doubtful if he can make it to the pitch.


Football betting tip: Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Villareal

Excitement and thrill best describe the upcoming match. With their unwavering strength, both clubs will definitely fight tooth and nail to win. Since neither parties are willing to give way, there is a high possibility for the club to end in a draw.



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