Preview - Athletic Bilbao vs Levante 24 April 2018

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Apr 22, 2018, 11:13 PM Last Edit: Apr 24, 2018, 01:37 AM by Harry85
Match Day 34
Athletic Bilbao vs Levante
Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Mamés Stadium


Athletic Bilbao: 
Last five matches form: L D W L D
Average goals per match: 1.09
Average goals against per match: 1.18
Top Scorer: Raul García and Aritz Aduriz ( 8 )


Levante:
Last five matches form: W D W L W
Average goals per match: 0.88
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: José Luis Morales (6)


The final game on Match Day 34 in La Liga sees fourth bottom Levante travel to the San Mamés to take on Athletic Bilbao.


Levante's league position is certainly nothing to write home about, but six points clear of the drop zone with five to play, they do at least still have their destiny very much in their own hands. The Granotas are in their best form of the season to date having won four of their past six in La Liga, which considering they had only won three of their opening 27 fixtures represents a spectacular return.


Bilbao are very tough to beat on their own patch having lost only three all season. However they also don't find it easy to win. No team has drawn as many home games as Bilbao this season, with eight of the 16 La Liga matches at the San Mamés ending all square. Be it Real Madrid or Las Palmas, Bilbao seem to be able to find a way to draw.


Levante must go without left back Toño and Cheikh Doukouré in midfield.  For Bilbao, Aritz Aduriz is the only slight injury doubt.


A draw may not be a bad result for Levante in the scheme of things and they have improved enough of late to suggest they may well be up to taking a point here.



Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 1 - 1 Levante

Harry85


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots: 18 - 11
Shots on target: 5 - 7
Corner Kicks: 2 -9
Possession: 54% - 46%

Three bookings apiece here. Referee Jose Munuera taking the names of Bilbao's Ander Iturraspe, Raul Garcia and Unai Nunez, and Levante's Enis Bardhi, Jefferson Lerma and Jason.

The home side could hardly have gotten off to a better start. The ball being blocked back to Raul Garcia around 25 yards from goal in the eighth minute. Garcia unleashing an absolute piledriver into the far top corner. What a strike!

Athletic held their lead until the 42nd minute, but by half time they were behind.

A free kick on the left-hand side was within in range, but looked more of a crossing opportunity. Enis Bardhi fooled everyone by curling towards the near post. Kepa Arrizabalaga couldn't get there in time. 1-1.

Two minutes later and another free kick in an almost identical position for Levante. If it works once, try it again. Berdhi again, a curler towards the near post again. Kepa beaten again! Remarkable stuff and Levante headed into half time with an unlikely lead.

Bilbao did fight back after the break and Raul Garcia came close in the 74th minute, rattling the woodwork with a header.

It was Levante who got the fourth goal of the game though. It was a fine effort too, Jose Luis Morales skipping past his markers before lobbing the keeper in the 91st minute. 1-3 final score.

A big big win for Levante this one, particularly as Deportivo La Coruna had been showing signs of a revival in their bid to escape the drop. Whilst the Granotas remain fourth bottom, they have now opened up a big nine-point gap back to Deportivo with just four games to play.

Bilbao meanwhile once again demonstrated how frustratingly inconsistent they can be. Having gained a hard-fought point at the Bernabeu last time, they slumped to a lowly side at home in their very next outing. Bilbao stay 14th and with very little to play for in the remainder of the campaign.


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