Preview - Deportivo Alavés vs Athletic Bilbao 18 December 18

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Match Day 16
Deportivo Alavés vs. Athletic Bilbao
Tuesday, December 18th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mendizorrotza

Deportivo Alavés: 
Last five matches form: L W L D L
Average goals per match: 1.20
Average goals against per match: 1.13
Top Scorer: Ibai Gómez, Jony, Rubén Sobrino & Jonathan Calleri (3)

Athletic Bilbao:
Last five matches form: L L D L W
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.53
Top Scorer: Muniain & Iñaki Williams (4)

Two sides with aspirations at opposite ends of the table lock horns in the last of the Match Day 16 fixtures in La Liga as sixth placed Deportivo Alavés play host to third bottom Athletic Bilbao.

Alavés won this game 3-1 this season, with Bilbao coming out on top 2-0 in the reverse fixture.

Rodrigo Ely and Darko Brasanac miss out for the home side in this one. Athletic Bilbao look like having a fully fit squad from which to select.

Following their flying start to the season which saw them win six and draw two of their opening ten fixtures, Alavés' form has tailed off a little of late with three defeats in their past five. They have been rock-solid at home though, going unbeaten in their seven games in front of their own fans to date. Both sides have scored in five of their past six fixtures here.

Bilbao fans were hoping for better this season, but instead they have largely been treated to more of the same as their side struggle to perform with any kind of consistency. They have now won just one of their past 14 in La Liga. Away from home its been even worse, with just one win in their past 17. They will be bidding to avoid a fourth away defeat on the spin here.

Athletic Bilbao did get a rare win on the board at home to Girona last week, but they are facing a far tougher challenge against this well organised Alavés outfit. We fancy the home side to pick up another good result in front of their own fans in this one.

Prediction: Deportivo Alavés 2 - 1 Athletic Bilbao

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