Leganes (@2.8) vs Athletic Bilbao (@2.9)
26-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Leganes will win

Leganes – Athletic Bilbao Match Prediction | 26-09-2019 13:00

Both sides may consider rotating a bit for this midweek game but were unlikely to see wholesale changes from either coach. Leganes will want to use their weekend draw as a platform from which to build so we should see a fair bit of continuity. Athletic meanwhile are a bit short in terms of quality cover in several positions although they may hand Aritz Aduriz a start in attack which would see Inaki Williams feature out wide.

Mauricio Pellegrino is a decent replacement on paper and did a really good job at Alaves two seasons ago on a similarly limited budget before failing in the Premier League with Southampton. Their most significant departure was that of coach Asier Garitano, the inspiration behind their miraculous rise to the top flight and ability to stay there. However with so many changes, it could take some time for everything to gel into place and for Pellegrino to come to some conclusion about his strongest starting line-up.

Leganes vs Athletic Bilbao Match Preview & Prediction

The club from Bilbao is playing in the highest Spanish division since its founded in 1928 and is next to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for a longest period of time in the Primera Division. Athletic de Bilbao used to play until 2012 in the San Mames stadium (also known as La Catedral). Athletic Club (mostly known as Athletic de Bilbao) is a Spanish football club from the Bask region which is playing currently in the Primera Division.

Athletic de Bilbao used to play until 2012 in the San Mames stadium (also known as La Catedral). The club from Bilbao is playing in the highest Spanish division since its founded in 1928 and is next to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for a longest period of time in the Primera Division. Athletic Club (mostly known as Athletic de Bilbao) is a Spanish football club from the Bask region which is playing currently in the Primera Division.

He will also need to cure a losing habit on the road. Leganes lost all of their final 8 away matches last season and thats a stat which should fill Athletic with some confidence here. Their form wasnt great either as the season wore on but they are much the more settled side and appear to have a better coach at the helm this term.

Leganes vs Athletic Bilbao PREDICTION & BETTING TIPS - 24/04/2019

Their promotion of Jos ngel Ziganda to the top job never looked like paying off and they have a more experienced campaigner in the form of Eduardo Berizzo this term. He ought to bring a more attacking approach and the Athletic fans should respond to that, which may help them turn San Mames into something of a fortress again. He was unlucky to lose his job at Sevilla last season and did a great job previously in Vigo.

Theyve only taken 5 points from their last 7 away matches in La Liga although 3 of them did come on this ground against Leganes last season, their only road win in six months. Athletic head into this game after yet another home win as they saw off Basque rivals Alaves. They remain unbeaten at San Mames in La Liga under Gaizka Garitano but their away record is far less convincing.

The Lions, on the other hand, have been producing fine performances in the second half of the season and, as a result, they are still in the race for a place in the Europa League. However, seeing that Leganes are tough to beat at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. The capital club have been impressive at the back in the 2018/2019 La Liga season and we are positive that they are going to rely on their rock-solid defence against Athletic Club.

Leganes vs Athletic Bilbao Head-To-Head Record

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Both coaches are relatively cautious in their respective approaches and all the previous league meetings between the clubs at Butarque have produced either 0-0 or 1-0 scorelines. Theres always the chance that somebody might produce a moment of magic but a tight game of few chances looks likely and it wouldnt be a huge surprise if it ended in stalemate. Its very hard to see many goals in this game.

The pacey full back made 37 appearances for the club in the 2008/2009 season and at the end of the campaign he signed a deal with Serie A side Udinese. After playing amateur football in his homeland France, Allan Nyom began his professional career at Arles-Avignon. However, given the great collaboration between Udinese and Granada, he was immediately sent on loan to the Estadio Nuevo los Carmenes outfit.

Cards & Corners

Athletic Bilbao is not afraid to attack their opponents. They can play very well in front of the away fans and they will try to secure a good result here. They wont be missing any players here. Their main striking force is Williams who will try to provide some goals here. They have scored a goal in each of their first four games.

Athletic Club ended match-day 5 on top of La Liga, the first time theyve led the league at such an advanced stage since the 1990s. Of course, this is still very early days but with few sides convincing so far, they could just be darkhorses for a top four push under Gaizka Garitano. It already feels like survival may well be the only objective for Leganes who have been very slow to get off and running but they did pick up their first point of the new campaign at the weekend.

A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Iker Muniain, who found the net in the 2-0 win over Alaves. Leganes, on the other hand, have collected only one point from possible 15 in the new La Liga campaign, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the league leaders.