Preview - Athletic Bilbao vs Girona 11 December 18

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Match Day 15
Athletic Bilbao vs. Girona
Tuesday, December 11th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Mamés

Athletic Bilbao: 
Last five matches form: D L L D L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.64
Top Scorer: Muniain & Iñaki Williams (4)

Last five matches form: W W D W D
Average goals per match:  1.21
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Cristhian Stuani (11)

It's been another season of woe for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga so far, with just the one win to show for their 14 games to date. Third bottom and three points adrift of safety, that second victory needs to come sooner rather than later if they are to avoid the ignominy of relegation. Next up it's this home game with Girona in the last of the Match Day 15 fixtures.

Athletic Bilbao won this game 2-0 last season with Girona gaining their revenge when coming out in top by the same score line in the reverse fixture.

Mikel Balenziaga is the only injury concern for the hosts. Ill-discipline is beginning to cost them dear though and Yuri, Peru Nolaskain and Íñigo Martínez are all suspended for this one. Marc Muniesa, Carles Planas, Asay Benitez, Patrick Roberts and Johan Mojica are all injured for Girona.

Bilbao have been woeful in the league but have shown a little sign of life in the cup, beating Huesca 4-0 home and away recently.

Girona are unbeaten in their past eight in all competitions. Their record away from home in La Liga is even better as they have not tasted defeat in any of their past nine.

Bilbao undoubtedly need to win this one. Whether they are playing well enough to do so at present is anther matter though. We see Girona coming away with at least a point here.

Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 1 - 1 Girona


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  19 - 4
Shots on target: 12 - 1
Corner Kicks: 11 - 0
Possession: 58% - 42%

Benat Etxebarria, Unai Nunez and Ander Capa were al booked for the home side in this one with referee Eduardo Prieto Iglesias also taking the name of Juanpe of Girona.

Athletic Bilbao were certainly in no mood to be denied here as they put in what must be just about their best overall performance of the season. They pretty much battered Girona from pillar to post here, restricting their visitors to just the one shot on target and not a single corner over the course of ninety minute. Despite all that pressure though, it very nearly all came to nought, with Bilbao in the end having to rely on a late, late penalty to pick up the points.

Inaki Williams had the best of the early chances for Bilbao when played in on the right side and firing across goal, only to see Gorka Iraizoz produce an excellent stop.

Girona then did have the ball in the net, only to see Cristhian Stuani's effort chalked out upon consultation with VAR. 0-0 at the break.

Bilbao continued to apply the pressure in the second half, but it began to look as though it wouldn't be their night, particularly when an Aritz Aduriz header came back off the inside of the post.

Then in the second minute of stoppage time Jonas Romalho clumsily bundled over Muniaín inside the area towards the left by-line. Aduriz showing nerves of steel to dink his effort straight down the middle with the game on the line. In it went though. 1-0 final score.

Big - and much needed - win for Bilbao. They do remain in the relegation zone though, but only on goal difference having now moved level on points with Villarreal. Girona drop to ninth.

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