La Liga | Athletic Bilbao VS Celta Vigo: Saturday, 11 November at 04:00 GMT +8

Athletic Bilbao is struggling to return to Europe, consistently finishing out of the top seven spots. In the last two seasons, they finished eight, close to securing Europe. The current season has started well for the Basque team, with them in 5th place with 21 points from 12 rounds, just four away from the Champions League spot.

Celta Vigo has experienced a decline in recent seasons, finishing 13th last season but only three points away from the relegation zone. Despite acquiring Rafa Benitez as a high-profile coach, the club’s poor results continued this season, putting them in 18th place with only seven points, two points away from the safe zone.

Athletic Bilbao is currently in fifth place in La Liga, despite not being a dominant home team in the previous season. They have only lost once in six home games, a loss on the opening day against Real Madrid. Since then, they have been great, particularly on the offensive end, scoring 14 goals – 2.8 per game.

Celta Vigo has lost seven out of 12 games in La Liga this season, with their only win against Almeria (3:2). Almeria was a better team and deserved at least one point. Celta Vigo, despite their home-pitch advantage and recent wins, has been disappointing on the road, indicating a surprise if they don’t win comfortably.

Predicted lineups:

Athletic Bilbao

Goalkeeper: Unai Simon
Defenders: Iñigo Lekue, Aitor Paredes, Dani Vivian, Óscar de Marcos
Midfielders: Íñigo Ruiz de Galarreta, Mikel Vesga, Oihan Sancet
Forwards: Iñaki Williams, Nico Williams, Gorka Guruzeta

Celta Vigo

Goalkeeper: Vicente Guaita
Defenders: Kevin Vazquez, Carl Starfelt, Unai Nunez, Manuel Sanchez
Midfielders: Oscar Mingueza, Fran Beltran, Hugo Sotelo, Jonathan Bamba
Forwards: Iago Aspas, Jorgen Larsen

Athletic Bilbao VS Celta Vigo (Last 6 matches)

  • Athletic Bilbao – 2 wins
  • Celta Vigo – 3 wins
  • Draws – 1

Over all competition record

La Liga Stats

Athletic Bilbao has the potential to score multiple goals and avoid conceding against Celta Vigo, who may struggle to score themselves. Our prediction is a 2-0 win for Bilbao by the final whistle.

Winning probability: Athletic Bilbao – 61% , Draw – 23% , Celta Vigo – 16%

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