Athletic Bilbao vs. Leganes 7/16/20 LaLiga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Athletic Bilbao 13-12-11, Leganes 7-11-18
7/16/20 3 pm
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Athletic Bilbao is welcoming Leganes to San Mames in round 37 in Spanish LaLiga.
Bilbao is playing well since the restart, and they are on the verge of getting to the Europa League. Athletic Bilbao is in 8th place in the standings with 51 points, just 4 points away from Getafe in 6th place. With only 32 conceded goals, Athletic’s defense is among the best in LaLiga, while their offense could be better, but it’s not bad. Bilbao has scored 41 goals so far this season. In their latest LaLiga game against Levante on the road, Bilbao has had 44% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, and low 75% of the correct passes. Bilbao scored 2 goals in the first half, and they have won this match 1-2. In their last 9 games since the restart, Bilbao has scored 12 goals, while conceding 9 goals. Raul Garcia has been Bilbao’s best player this season with 15 scored goals, while Williams added 6 goals. Lopez and Capa each have 4 assists. Alvarez is the only injured player for Bilbao, while Berchiche is still questionable. With one win in their last two games, Bilbao could get to the Europa League qualifications, but with both wins, Bilbao could climb the standings to 5th place that would take them straight to the Europa League group stage. All Athletic can do is to give their all in these two games and see what happens.
Leganes is in 18th place in the standings, which is in the relegation zone, and they have 32 points, 4 points away from the safe zone, which means that Leganes has to win both of their last two games to be safe, but possibly even 4 points would be enough. In short terms, Leganes is not allowed to lose this match against Bilbao. With only 26 scored goals this season, Leganes is the weakest offensive team in LaLiga, while their defense was actually decent with 49 conceded goals. Leganes hasn’t lost any of their last 3 LaLiga games, and they haven’t conceded a single goal during this stretch. Oscar is Leganes’ top goalscorer with 9 goals this season, while Mesa added 3 assists. Carillo, Oscar, and Bustinza are all injured, while Omerua is still questionable. In their latest LaLiga game against Valencia at home, Leganes has had low 31% of ball possession, 2 corner kicks, low 69% of the correct passes, and only 1 shot on goal. Leganes has scored an early goal from the penalty kick in the 18th minute, and they even conceded a red card in the 54th minute. In the 60th minute, Leganes’ goalkeeper saved a penalty kick, and since that moment, Leganes was defending extremely well, and in the end, Leganes has won this match 1-0. Leganes could get out of the relegation zone, but the problem is that they are playing against Bilbao, and Real Madrid in the last round of LaLiga, which is why I don’t see Leganes getting out of the relegation zone.
Bilbao is the much better team here, and I see them winning this game to get one step closer to the Europa League.