Athletic vs Mallorca: prediction for the La Liga fixture
The newcomer of La Liga will have to get ready for a tough challenge at Bilbao. Will Mallorca be able to withstand in the match against Athletic on September 11? The answer is in our prediction.
In the previous season Bilbao put up a great performance in the Super Cup and won the title, beating Barcelona and Real. Team performed below expectations in the league and finished the season in the middle of the table. During the off-season team signed some young players from the reserves team, Marcelino has big plans for those players.
At the start of the current season Lions had two draws - against Elche (0:0) and Barcelona (1:1). Before the break for international matches Red-Whites recorded a victory over Celta (1:0).
Alvarez, Berchiche, Nolaskoain, Paredes and Sancet, who has a knee injury, are unavailable for an upcoming match.
Mallorca finished the previous Segunda season on a second position - team recorded 82 points and it was enough for a promotion to La Liga. During the summer Southerners signed Takefushi Kubo from Real Madrid and Rodrigo Battaglia from Sporting.
Visitors started the new season with a draw against Betis (1:1), then Luis Plaza's men recorded two consecutive victories - over Alaves (1:0) and over Espanyol (1:0).
Angel, Raillo, Sanchez and Sastre, who has a muscle injury, won't play in an upcoming match.
In 2 out of 3 most recent head-to-head matches both teams scored
In 3 out of 5 most recent matches Athletic scored in the second half
This bet was successful in two most recent matches of Mallorca
Mallorca got off to a strong start of the season and should be able to put up a fight at Bilbao. Athletic have a number of injuried players, but Lions can beat any opponent at home.
We think that hosts have a better chance to win this game, they have more experienced and skilled players in their squad.
Our prediction - Athletic to win
In 7 out of 10 most recent head-to-head matches the outcome was decided by one or two goals. Each of the teams conceded only one goal in three games, which is a great result. We are expecting a low-scoring game.
Our second bet is on total under 2,5 goals