Las Palmas and Athletic Bilbao are set to face off this evening at the Estadio de Gran Canaria in their 13th games for this La Liga campaign. In the last 3 years, between the two teams, there have only be 2 clashes with each ending in a draw. The most recent of which was in May and this ended up in a 0-0 draw. The other clash the 2 sides had was back in January of this year and ended up in a 2-2 draw.
Las Palmas currently lie in 10th place in La Liga, with 16 points after 12 games, this includes 4 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses. Their most recent match was a 2-0 away loss against Real Betis in Victor Sanchez’s first game in charge at Betis. Both goals in that match coming in the first half. Their most recent win was at Eibar back on the 5th of November where Las Palmas picked up a 1-0 home win against them. Las Palmas are a good performing home team compared to playing as a visitor. In their last 30 games they have had 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 home defeats with 27 goals scored and 13 conceded compared to their away record in their past 30 where they have had only 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses with 25 goals scored and 24 conceded.
Las Palmas manager Quique Setíen is expected to field a 4-3-3 line up today, through doing this they will capitalise on their attacking strength in the likes of their top scorer Kevin Prince Boating and Sergio Araujo.
Expected Las Palmas Lineup: Varas, Macedo, Bigas, Garcia, Lopes, Viera, Mesa, Gomez, Tana, Aruajo, Boateng.
Injuries or Suspensions: Dani Castellano
Visitors Athletic Bilbao come to this match currently in 7th place in the league with 20 points, this includes 6 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses. In their last away game they picked up a draw against 11th place Espanyol. In their most recent La Liga match they played 6th placed Villarreal and picked up a 1-0 win against them. Athletic Bilabo themselves aren’t a very strong team away from home, in their last 30 games they have had 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses with 16 goals scored and 19 conceded as a visitor. It is important to note that Bilbao have not won away from home in their past 3 away game. Their home record in their last 30 games has been 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses with 27 goals scored and 17 conceded. In their most recent game, they played the Italian side Sassuolo in the Europa League and picked up a 3-2 win.
I also expect Athletic Bilbao to field a 4-3-3 line up where they will aim to keep hold of the ball and created organised attacks that can bring them a win and improve their record away from home. Athletic Bilbao’s current top goal scorer is Aritz Aduriz with 5 goals scored.
Expected Bilbao Lineup: Arrizabalaga, Boveda, Yeray, Laporte, Balenziaga, Jose, Benat, Garcia, Williams, Aduriz, Muniain
Injuries or Suspensions: Ander Iturraspe, Inaki Williams, Oscar De Marcos
Prediction: 2-1 Athletic Bilbao. I think that Bilbao will look to end their torrid record away from home and build upon their 3 game unbeaten run in La Liga. Iker Muniain has alway been an interesting prospect and I expect to see a performance from him in tonights game.