An interesting meeting on Sunday is Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal for the date of the Santander League.
In my opinion, there is no clear favorite on this occasion, as the two teams are even despite having different football styles. However, if we consider the local factor and the intensity shown by the Basques in the new san Mamés, we advise you to play a few euros to the simple triumph of those led by Ernesto Valverde. It paints to be a tactical party by the collective style of “Submarino Amarillo”.
Take into account that Athletic Bilbao comes from 0-0 against Espanyol as a visitor, adding 3 games without winning in their last appearances (1 loss and 2 draws in a row). These days, he has 17 points in the table, being one step to get in Europa League posts. Despite its irregularity in terms of results, it remains an intense and offensive set thanks to the work of coach Valverde.
On the other hand do not forget that the Basques have added acceptable results in the new San Mamés, except for the fall 0-1 against Barcelona and the unexpected equality 1-1 against Osasuna. From there, in more, beat 2-1 to Valencia, 3-1 to Sevilla and 3-2 to Real Sociedad in the classic Basque. For the Europa League, they defeated Rapid Vienna 1-0 and Belgian Genk 5-3.
Continuing with the analysis you must know that Villarreal beat Betis 2-0 at Madrigal, recovering from the losses against Eibar and against Osmanlispor for the Europa League (1-2). At the moment has 22 units in the table, being to 5 of the leader Real Madrid. It continues being an atildado equipment, compact and effective in attack thanks to the work of the technician Fran Escribá. His goal is to remain regular so he can sneak into the Champions League zone (direct qualification).
To conclude we tell you that the “Yellow Submarine” has reaped positive results playing away from home, except the fall 2-1 against Eibar on Basque territory. Before that, he had equalized 1-1 against Granada, beating Malaga 0-0, tied 1-1 against Real Madrid and equaling 0-0 against Espanyol. For the Europa League, equaled 1-1 against Steaua Bucharest and 2-2 against Turkish Osmanlispor.
After reviewing the details of this match I play for a victory of the local box because of the following reasons: First because Athletic Bilbao is an intense and offensive team by nature, standing out for raising its level when it acts in the new San Mamés. Second because the “Lions” of Valverde are characterized by good results in their field. Of course, this requires Aduriz to be lit in front of the rival arch. And third, because Villarreal, despite being a well-structured and well-set, may end up losing by some punctual play or by some defensive error provoked by the pressure of the Basques. Given this reality, we believe that Athletic can win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 after the final whistle.