Athletic Bilbao vs. RCD Mallorca
September 11, 2021 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +130, Under 2.5 -163
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Athletic Bilbao is hosting RCD Mallorca at San Mames in round 4 of the Spanish LaLiga. Bilbao is undefeated in their first 3 games this season, but their offense has been very weak. Mallorca has had a great start to this season, they are undefeated, and they are also on a 2-game winning streak.
Despite winning only 1 of their first 3 games this season, and despite scoring only 2 goals, Bilbao has had a solid start to this season. in their last game against Celta Vigo on the road, Bilbao was the weaker team with only 38% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, and only 61% of the correct passes. After they scored a goal in the 34th minute, Bilbao was defending really well in the second half, and they have won that game 0-1. With 5 points, 2 scored goals, and only 1 conceded a goal so far this season, Bilbao is in 9th place in the LaLiga standings. Williams and Martinez are the only 2 goalscorers for Bilbao with 1 scored goal each. Sancet and Muniain have each added 1 assist. There are a lot of questionable players in for Bilbao at the moment, but Noloskoain and Berchiche are both injured. Bilbao is a tough defensive team, one of the best in LaLiga, but they need to get their offense going as soon as possible.
Mallorca has done surprisingly well at the start of this season, and they are one of the few undefeated teams so far. Mallorca is on a 2-game winning streak during which they scored 2 goals and conceding 0 goals. With 7 points, 3 scored goals, and 1 conceded goal, Mallorca is now in 6th place in the standings. Mallorca was hosting Espanyol in their last game, and they have had 47% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, and 78% of the correct passes. After Mallorca scored in the 27th minute, they focused on defense for the rest of this game, they were focused, and they deservedly won this game 1-0. Nino, Rodriguez, and Olivan have each scored 1 goal for Mallorca so far. There aren’t any injured or suspended players in Mallorca as of right now. Not only Mallorca is undefeated so far this season, but they have also lost only 1 of their last 10 games. Mallorca has surprised everyone at the start of this season, but we will see if they can stay consistent.
When playing at home, Bilbao hasn’t lost to Mallorca in their last 5 games, while Mallorca hasn’t lost any of their last 4 games overall. I think this will be a hard game for both teams, and for that reason, I will take the draw because neither team has the offense figured out just yet.