On May 3, the Basque giants will arrive at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for a match of La Liga round of 34 against Los Sevillanos. Will the visitors from Bilbao be able to end Sevilla’s winning run?
All in all, the clubs have met 173 times in different tournaments. And it’s interesting that the opponents have an almost equal number of wins: 71 – for Sevilla, 70 – for Athletic Bilbao. The other 32 games ended in draws.
The reverse fixture between the two teams took place on October 31 last year, and ended in a 2-1 victory for the Basque side.
Julen Lopetegui’s squad left the Champions League at the ⅛ stage after losing to Borussia Dortmund 5-4 on aggregate. On the bright side, Sevilla could finally concentrate on the domestic tournament, which immediately brought positive results. Sevilla are on a 5-game winning run, sitting in 4th place in the standings, with only 4 points separating them from the 3rd-placed Barcelona.
Do you think Lopetegui’s side will enter the top-3, considering that only 5 games are left till the end of the season?
Meanwhile, Marcelino’s men can count on finishing this season mid-table only. Being 10 points away from the 6th-placed Villareal, Athletic are currently in 10th spot of the La Liga table.
During the last 8 matches, the club gained only 9 points (1 win, 1 loss, 6 draws). However, last weekend Athletic surprised everyone by beating the current leaders Atletico Madrid 2-1 at home ground.
Although the Basque giants can potentially trouble their opponents, bookmakers believe that a home win for Sevilla should be considered. Consequently, the odds are 5.85 – on Athletic Bilbao’s win, while Sevilla are offered the odds of 1.632. Given that Lopetegui’s side must keep winning in order to stay in the title argument, the odds on a draw are 3.88.