Malaga vs. Athletic Bilbao Preview (Week 14): Draw—The Best Way To Settle Malaga And Athletic Bilbao’s Strife

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Updated: November 14, 2013
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Malaga dominated their previous matches against Athletic Bilbao and they will most likely to do the same in La Rosaleda. However, Athletic Bilbao’s better form ensures that the same thrashing shall not happen again—much to the delight of online betting punters.  

 

Match Date: 25 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: Estadio La Rosaleda

 

Team Form

Malaga

Malaga shall divert its efforts to snatching a victory at home. Its recent opponent, Granada slammed them with a 3-1 victory and forced Bernd Schuster to express his disappointment over the players’ attitude after the second goal went in.

 

Schuster explained that Granada’s second goal attacked the club’s self-esteem, thus prompting more errors and forgetting to score. The recent match result was Malaga’s 4th loss in 6 of their last matches. It also endangered their position in the La Liga table as the competition gets tougher and stiffer every weekend.
Amidst the controversy, which surrounds Malaga’s group unity, Francisco Portillo stressed that they are a “tight group” and that Schuster has their support.
Aware of Athletic Bilbao’s strength, Portillo added that the club shall exceed all expectations to bring delight to their legion of supporters.
Malaga has the upper hand during their last 6 matches against Athletic Bilbao. The club won 3 of it while their opponent has only won twice. The rest of their previous clashes ended in a draw.

 

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao’s late rally ended in a thriller victory against Levante. It was Athletic Bilbao’s third victory in its last 6 matches, following a disappointing defeat against Atletico Madrid.

 

Levante’s David Barral’s first goal almost sank Athletic Bilbao. However, Mikel Rico’s goal sparked hope for the hosts. In what could have been a draw, Aritz Aduriz netted the club’s second goal, which gave them the much needed victory. Unfortunately, Aduriz may be sidelined during the Malaga encounter as he was issued with a red card prior to the final whistle.
As discussed, Malaga has dominated their last 6 match against Athletic Bilbao. This brings more challenge to the visitors as they strive to further secure their spot in La Liga’s top 5.

 

Football  betting tip : Malaga 1-1 Athletic Bilbao

Whilst Athletic Bilbao has a better form, they were no match against Malaga—that is, if their last 6 matches are used as basis. Expect a down the wire encounter coming from both clubs, which try to prevent the other from scoring. Under this context, there is the possibility for the match to end in a draw.

 

 

 

 

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