Friday’s La Liga preview: 2012/13 – round 22

31 Jan


Valladolid v Athletic Bilbao

Javier Baraja gave Djukic’s boys the lead with a well struck volley away to Levante in round 21, but ultimately – through a great free kick and comedy own goal – Valladolid lost 2-1. All in all, they were very unlucky not have gained at least a point.

On a rainy night in Bilbao, Athletic put a cup occupied Atletico Madrid to the sword with the kind of performance you’d expect from Los Leones at home.

Indeed, it seems as though Bielsa’s voice is once again well received within the changing rooms of San Mames, but we’d be better served judging this again in a couple of weeks.

For once, Aduriz wasn’t amongst the scorers, but he did provide an assist for De Marcos – who added to Susaeta and San Jose’s second half strikes.

In conclusion, Valladolid have only lost three games at home this season – to Betis, Barca and Real Madrid – so it’s hard to back against them.

Instead, with Athletic having scored in their last x away games, I’m going for both teams to score. The price isn’t great, Valladolid will miss their best striker and have a had a few wins to nil, but Djukic’s boys conceded at home to Mallorca a few weeks ago and should be able to construct something through Oscar to hold up their end of the bargain.

If you prefer a handicap bet, Athletic defeated Valladolid at San Mames and haven’t lost to them for a long time. Athletic + 0.25 is 1.87. This is a Friday night game, though, and they can be erratic!

Recommendation: Both teams to score (1.8)

Whatever you choose, good luck!


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