Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Betis
December 19, 2021 10:15 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +100, Under 2.5 -125
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Athletic Bilbao is hosting Real Betis at San Mames in round 18 of the Spanish LaLiga. Bilbao is not losing a lot of games, but they are also not winning any game because their offense is not working very well. Betis is on a 4-game winning streak in LaLiga, and they are looking pretty solid right now.
Bilbao hasn’t won any of their last 8 games, but the good news is they have lost only 3 of those 8 games. With 21 points, only 13 scored goals, and only 12 conceded goals, Bilbao is now in 12th place in the standings. Bilbao can be thankful for their outstanding defense this season, otherwise, they would be in the relegation zone right now. Garcia and Williams are the leading goalscorers for Bilbao with 3 goals each, while Muniain added 4 assists. There are a lot of injured players for Bilbao right now, they also have a suspension, but their defense is still solid, and they will look for a win at home in this game. Bilbao is an average team, and because of the rule that only players with a connection to their region of Basque can play for the team, Bilbao will never win anything.
Betis has been outstanding so far this season, especially lately. Betis has won 7 of their last 8 games, and their offense has been on fire. Thanks to this brilliant streak, Real Betis has climbed the standings to 3rd place, and they have 33 points. Offensively, Betis is among the best teams in the league right now with 30 scored goals, and Juanmi is the leading goalscorer for Betis with 10 goals. Betis’ situation with injuries is a lot better than Bilbao’s, and that will certainly help them in this game. Betis’ defense has also been pretty good this season with 18 conceded goals. During their 4-game winning streak in LaLiga, Real Betis has scored 11 goals while conceding only 3 goals. It’s very hard to side against Betis right now, and I hope they can keep playing this well, but we will see once the Europa League starts and Betis starts playing on two fronts.
The trends are slightly on Bilbao’s side in this matchup, but in their current form, I wouldn’t bet any money on them. We are getting Betis at a fantastic plus money in this game, and they are in better form, and they are the better team right now. I’m taking Betis, but you could take them on the double chance as well.