The twenty-first of the Spanish Championship in its 2017/2018 season will start this Friday, January 26. In the San Mamés stadium, in Bilbao, Athletic receives the Eibar. The start of the match was scheduled for 18h (Brasília time). The duel presents a direct fight by position in the classification table.
The recent performance of Athletic Bilbao
Carrying a campaign erased, Athletic Bilbao is only the twelfth in the tournament. He added 26 points (six wins, eight draws and six losses). You can still, however, dream of qualifying for European tournaments.
The difference for Sevilla, who occupy the sixth position and closes the block of classified for continental competitions, is six points. Reversible when it is taken into account that there are still 18 days until the end of the competition. However, between the teams are five other teams separated by just two points. This group includes Eibar.
The inferior placement that could be expected is attributed to the bad season beginning, which even made the club to change the technical command. As of December, Athletic showed a perceived production rise through an unbeaten eight games. There were four wins and four draws.
The large number of equalities prevented a greater rise in rank. On the previous day, the first of the second round, the Atlhetic, even as a visitor, came to be twice in command of the score against Getafe, but ended up having to settle for 2 2.
For the departure of this Friday, coach Jose Ziganda awaits the positioning of the medical department in relation to four athletes who undergo injury treatment. Two of them are starters: goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (14 matches in the 2017/2018 Spanish League season), who renewed his contract with the club this season and defender Mikel Balenziaga (12 games, no goal). The other attendants of the ward are also defender Oscar de Marcos (seven games, no goal) and striker Iker Muniain (six games, one goal).
The current form of Eibar
The Eibar also had an upward trajectory between December and the beginning of January. He won four games and drew one. However, in the last two rounds he managed to accumulate only one point. After losing at home to Atletico Madrid (1 to 0), was in equality, by 1 to 1, again in their domains, against Malaga.
Although the defeat for the deputy leader Atletico de Madrid may even be considered acceptable, the stumble against Malaga can not be classified in this way. After all, the rival is in the relegation zone of LaLiga. With 28 points (eight wins, four draws and eight losses), Eibar, who came to ‘collar’ Sevilla, fell to eighth.
Coach José Mendilibar also has two medical doubts regarding starters for Friday’s match. He does not know if he will be able to count on defender Paulo Oliveira (18 matches in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship without a goal) and striker Sergio Enrich (19 matches, three goals). In addition to them, defender David Junca is also in the process of recovering from injury (eight games, no goal).
History of the matches Athletic Bilbao vs Eibar
Athletic Bilbao have won the last four games against Eibar. The list of teams’ matches is short. It has only ten matches. They were five victories of the team of Bilbao, two of Eibar and three equalities.
The recent improvement and consistent performance in the recent clashes makes Athletic the best betting option in this match. The Bilbao team has a 1.85 rating on the Bet365 platform. Draw presents the chance to get return of 3.50 and visitor success multiplies the investment by 4.50. Quotes were in effect at 11:51 AM on 1/25/2018.