Athletic Bilbao vs. RCD Mallorca 6/27/20 LaLiga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Athletic Bilbao 10-12-9, RCD Mallorca 7-5-19
6/27/20 8 am
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Athletic Bilbao is hosting RCD Mallorca at San Mames in round 32 of Spanish LaLiga.
Athletic Bilbao has been in a solid form since the restart, and they have one of the best defenses in LaLiga with only 27 conceded goals this season. Their offense on the other hand needs improvement as Bilbao has scored only 33 goals in 31 games. With 42 points, Bilbao is in 10th place in the standings, 6 points away from the Europa League. Athletic Bilbao is also playing in the Copa del Rey finals against Real Sociedad, the game date is still unknown. In their last LaLiga game against Barcelona, Bilbao has had only 28% of ball possession, 0 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, and low 68% of the correct passes. Athletic Bilbao was defending well in this game, but they ended up conceding a goal in 71st minute, and Athletic Bilbao has lost this match 1-0. Raul Garcia has scored 10 goals for Bilbao, while Williams added 6 goals. Etxebarria and Gomez are both injured and will not play in this game. Athletic Bilbao is a good team, but because of their policy not to have any players without a connection to their region, Bilbao will never win LaLiga, or get any further than the group stage of the Europa League in my opinion.
Mallorca has been struggling since the restart and they haven’t won any of their last 4 games in LaLiga. During this stretch, Mallorca has conceded at least 1 goal in all four games, while scoring in only 1, against Leganes. There are no relegation playoffs this season, which means that the bottom three teams are being relegated straight away, and Mallorca is one of those teams. Mallorca is in 18th place with 26 points, 29 scored goals, and 31 conceded goals, 3 points away from safety, but unless Mallorca starts winning some games, I can’t say they will get out of the relegation zone. Ante Budimir is Mallorca’s top goalscorer with 9 goals, while Rodriguez added 5 goals. Lumor, Koutris, Fabri, and Ki are all injured and will not be in the lineup for this game. In their last LaLiga game against Real Madrid just a few days ago, Mallorca was solid with 45% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, and 86% of the correct passes. It was a decent game for Mallorca where they had some good chances, but unfortunately, Mallorca didn’t score a goal, while Real Madrid did, and Mallorca has lost this game 2-0. I’m not going to lie, the schedule is not easy for Mallorca in the next few games, and I just don’t have confidence that Mallorca can do something to stay in LaLiga, of course, a lot can happen in the last 7 games, but miracles don’t happen that often.
Mallorca hasn’t won any of their last 4 games, while Bilbao hasn’t lost any of their last 4 home games against Mallorca. Athletic Bilbao is one of the best defensive teams in LaLiga, while Mallorca is struggling with scoring goals, and for that reason, I will take a shot at Bilbao winning to nil.