Two struggling teams are meeting in Round 13 of LaLiga on Saturday, so take a look at our Valencia vs Bilbao Preview and see the latest news and stats.
Valencia Recent Form & Team News
Valencia have drawn a third of their 12 LaLiga games this season (W3, L5), with three such results coming in the last five games (W1, L1). LL’s comeback kings this season, Los Che have gained the most points after conceding first (W2, D1, L5) including four points in the last five matches. Scoring late goals has been partly responsible for that, as 41.18% (seven) of Valencia’s 17 LL goals have arrived beyond the 70th minute.
Home LL form has been mixed for Valencia (W2, D2, L2), with the two losses coming ‘to nil’ whilst both the wins saw them score four goals. Scoring first hasn’t helped Valencia at this venue in LL (D2), whilst the disadvantage of conceding first was somewhat negated by their comeback theme (W2, L2).
Player to watch: Valencia’s Carlos Soler has scored all four of his LL goals at home, each coming via a penalty.
Javier Gracia cannot count on Jasper Cillessen (muscle), Kevin Gameiro (thigh), Jose Gaya (muscle), Hugo Guillamon Sanmartin (muscle), and Kang-in Lee (illness).
Bilbao Recent Form & Team News
Athletic Bilbao have struggled for consistency, repeating results only once in consecutive matches this LaLiga campaign (W4, D1, L6). What’s consistent, though, are their strong starts with nine HT clean sheets in 11 LL matches including six that returned goalless first halves. Sitting well with Valencia’s theme, Athletic have scored 41.67% (five) of their 12 LL goals beyond the 70th minute. The same period also accounted for a third of their 12 LL goals against.
Athletic have struggled on the road this season (W1, D1, L4), although four of the five win/loss results saw a one-goal margin with all four deciding goals arriving beyond the 70th minute. Athletic have also conceded 50% of their away LL goals against right after HT (46’-60’), nullifying the positive effect of five HT clean sheets.
Player to watch: Both of Iñaki Williams’ LL goals for Athletic came beyond the 70th minute.
Hot stat: Athletic haven’t won two LL away H2Hs in a row since January 1988 (L2).
Gaizka Garitano will be without Peru Nolaskoain (muscle), but all the other players are healthy and at his disposal.
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