Preview - Athletic Bilbao vs Leganes March 12 2018

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Match Day 28
Athletic Bilbao vs Leganes
Monday, March 12th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Mamés Stadium

Athletic Bilbao: 
Last five matches form: L W D L L
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Aritz Aduriz

Last five matches form: L L D L W
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Gabriel Pires (5)

Such has been the poor quality at the base of La Liga this term, that 14th placed Leganes and 15th placed Bilbao are actually closer in terms of points to the European positions than they are to the relegation zone. As such this hardly rates as a crucial encounter at the San Mamés. The home side will however likely see this as an ideal opportunity to arrest a run of two defeats recently. Leganes meanwhile will be keen to build on their win over basement boys Malaga last week.

Good news for Athletic Bilbao on the injury front ahead of this clash, with Mikel Balenziaga, Unai Nunez, and Inigo Martinez all ready to be ready to be called back into action in La Liga.

A lack of goals has been a problem all season for Leganes, and that situation won't be helped by the absence of both Alexander Symanowski and Miguel Angle Guerrero for this matchup.

Leganes started really well away from home in La Liga, winning three of their first four outings on their travels. They haven't won since, losing seven of ten on the road.

We don't expect there to be many goals in this one, but given Leganes attacking issues, one may well be enough for Bilbao. Take the hosts to bounce back from their defeat to Marseille in the Europa League by recording a narrow victory at home.

Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 1 - 0 Leganes


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 13 - 12
Shots on target: 5 - 1
Corner Kicks: 3 - 6
Possession: 44% - 56%

Inigo Cordoba and goal scorer Raul Garcia were booked for the hosts. Leganes meanwhile troubled referee Jose Sanchez more than they did the goal, with Nabil El Zhar, Joseba Zaldua, Darko Brasanac, Dimitris Siovas and Unai Bustinza all seeing yellow.

The opening goal came in the tenth minute. Oscar De Marcos being allowed al the time in the world to pick out a cross from the right hand side. Raul Garcia did the rest, beating Ivan Cuellar to the ball to head home. Not the goalkeeper's finest hour.

Seven minutes later it was 2-0. Raul Garcia thought his initial volleyed effort had been halted by a Leganes defenders hand. He soon stopped his appeal when the ball dropped to him again though, blasting a volley into the bottom corner. Not much chance for the unsighted Cuellar this time.

Given Leganes continuing woes in front of goal, it was always going to be tough to find a way back into this and they never really looked like doing it. Whilst they may have only been one behind in the total shots stakes by the end of the game, the fact that only one of their twelve efforts was on target is indicative of the quality of chance they were creating.

For their part, Bilbao seemed content to cruise to the final whistle, happy that the points were in the bag.

Athletic Bilbao move up to twelfth on the back of this win and will likely now be looking up towards the top half of the table and a potentially strong finish to the season.

Legane's drop to 15th but aren't in any real danger, still sitting 13 points clear of the relegation zone.

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