Sports Betting. Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao [02.03.17] : Bilbao’s agony on the road

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Sports Betting. Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao [02.03.17] : Bilbao’s agony on the road

La Liga

Matchweek 25


Bet: Total Goals by Home Team over 1,5

The sports betting experts were skeptical about Sevilla’s perspectives before the start of the season. However, despite yielding the second place to Barcelona in the La Liga standings, los Rojiblancos still hold the third position with a comfort 7-point advantage over Atletico Madrid. Besides, Sampaoli’s side made it to the Champions League round of 16, where they beat Leicester (2-1) in the first leg. So being on the 5-match unbeaten streak and being extremely dangerous at home, Sevilla are considered to be a favorite on the betting markets.

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The betting companies expected Athletic Bilbao to be in the top-6, but the Basques sit only on the 8th position after the first 25 matches in La Liga. If based only on the home games, they are one of the best teams in Primera, but they struggle a lot on the road. It was the case in the Europa League round of 32, where they got a 3-2 victory over APOEL at home. The betting experts were sure the job was done for Valverde’s side, but they unexpectedly suffered a 0-2 loss in Cyprus and were eliminated from the EL.

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Before choosing a bet you should take into account the fact that N’Zonzi, Sarabia and Pareja will miss out for Sevilla because of suspension. In addition, Tremoulinas, Krohn-Dehli and Lenglet are still injured. At the same time De Marcos, Aduriz and Kepa will not be able to play for Bilbao. Giving the betting tips, it is necessary to mention that los Rojiblancos haven lost only once in their last 16 head-to-head encounters with Bilbao at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

In spite of being winless in their last 8 away games in La Liga, Athletic are not considered to be completely hopeless by the bookmakers: Sevilla – 1,68, Draw – 3,80, Athletic Bilbao – 5,50. It is recommended to bet on the “Total Goals by Home Team over 1,5” (1,78). It is also worth backing Sevilla’s win. Besides, you may bet on the “Total Goals by Away Team under 1” (1,66) as Athletic couldn’t score in their 4 away matches in a row.