It has been a disappointing start to the 2020-21 season for Real Valladolid, and their hunt for a first league win of the season will continue this weekend as they take on Athletic Bilbao.
La Liga Preview
It has been a disastrous start to the La Liga season for Valladolid, and they could already be looking at a long fight against relegation this season. Fortunately for the Spanish side there has only been eight games played so far this season, and they remain only three points from safety, but they will be anxious that the gap between themselves and safety doesn’t increase any further. They have lost five of their eight games so far, and are yet to win a league game. They have picked up all three of their points from draws, but they come into this game after defeats in their previous two. These defeats have come against Alaves and Villarreal, and they didn’t score in either of these games. Their performance against Villarreal was a subdued performance, as they managed just one shot on target in the fixture. They will need to turn a corner soon to avoid a long season.
Athletic Bilbao are yet to draw a game in the league this season, as they have either won or lost in all seven outings so far this campaign. Bilbao have been inconsistent in the league, as they have won three and lost four times in their previous six. However, they will be confident that they can build on the win that they recorded last time out against Valladolid this weekend. Bilbao were excellent in that fixture, as they recorded a famous win against Sevilla. Iker Munian and Oihan Sancet scored the second half goals, as they overturned a 1-0 deficit in their favour.
Valladolid vs Athletic Bilbao Head To Head
Bilbao have lost just once in five against Valladolid, with that only defeat coming back in May 2019. Bilbao won the last meeting between the sides back in March, as they claimed a 4-1 success on the road. They will be hoping to repeat that result again this weekend.
Valladolid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
Bilbao have been unable to find a pattern of results so far this season, but it remains difficult to not see them taking three points from this fixture against a struggling opponent. It should be an edgy narrow win for Bilbao.
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