Athletic Bilbao will be looking to boost their Champions League aspirations on Monday night in La Liga, as a victory could lift them into the top four. However, Osasuna will be looking to bounce back on the road after losing their previous two matches in the Spanish top-flight.
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The first half of the season went extremely well for Athletic Bilbao, but their goal for the season will either be reached or not in the second half of the campaign. Bilbao will be targeting a place in the Champions League this term, and they have given themselves every chance of achieving that target after winning seven of their 15 games so far. However, they will likely need to be more consistent in the second half, as they have won just twice in their previous five.
The Basque club returned to domestic action last week, as they failed to make a breakthrough in a 0-0 draw on the road against Real Betis. It was a slightly disappointing performance on that occasion, as they failed to register a single shot on target.
Osasuna also remains in the hunt for a European place in La Liga, as they sit down in ninth. However, given the competitive nature of the Spanish top-flight this term, they are just four points off the Champions League spots. Osasuna had been in excellent form before the break for the World Cup, as they had won two of their previous three.
But, they returned to action in Spain with a comprehensive defeat on the road against Real Sociedad. Osasuna was beaten 2-0 on the road in that fixture, despite registering more shots and more shots on target. However, they will need to be more clinical if they are to claim victory against Bilbao.
Athletic Bilbao vs Osasuna Head to Head
Bilbao has gone three without defeat against Osasuna, which includes back-to-back wins. The latest win for Bilbao was a 2-0 success in May, while Osasuna are winless on their previous two visits to the Basque club.
Athletic Bilbao vs Osasuna Prediction
Bilbao was far from impressive on their return to La Liga action last week, but the fitness levels of the players are likely to have come on since then. The home side boasts an excellent record in this fixture, and it may be worth siding with them to pick up a third straight victory against Osasuna on Monday.
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