The international break is drawing close to the end, and we’re prepared for club football to return, given more competitive action as we prepare for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
We would see the various European leagues on hold in action as they play each other for a chance to gather more three points.
To open the games this weekend, Athletic Club will be hosting newly promoted Almeria for another chance to increase their points tally.
It will undoubtedly be an epic match, as both teams have different seasons. Bilbao has started the season well, while Almeria is struggling to win games.
La Liga Standings
However, the season has only started. Therefore, there is time for the team to improve their La Liga standings.
So, we expect this game to be tricky, making Athletic Club vs Almeria betting tricky. As we prepare for the game, we will be looking at both sides as we provide the best bets for the tie.
Athletic Club vs. Almeria Information
With La Liga action back, Athletic Club will host Almeria at the San Mames in Bilbao to open the week seven round of games. Both teams have an exciting history playing in the Spanish La Liga.
Their first leg match would happen this season on the 30th of September, launching us into another week of impressive La Liga action. Both teams didn’t have plenty of players out on international duties.
Therefore, we expect them to get into the game without hassle. It would be an exciting match that should give us enough talking points as it kickstarts this week’s La Liga schedule.
Teams’ Previous Scoreboards
Almeria’s Previous Seasons
The last time both teams faced each other in the Spanish La Liga was in 2015. It was Almeria’s previous season in the league before now.
Both legs ended in favor of Athletic Club as they saw off UD Almeria in a tightly contested tie. They both went at it, but Bilbao was the better side on both occasions.
Atlhetic Club’s Season Start
This season, Atlhetic Club has had an impressive start to the season. They are ahead in the Athletic Club vs Almeria betting stats as they won their last game, and Almeria didn’t.
Bilbao got a slim victory over Rayo Vallecano in their last game. Meanwhile, Almeria lost to RCD Mallorca in a slim match.
Athletic Club vs. Almeria Analysis
It’s been long since the teams last met in the Spanish La Liga. The teams have changed since they last met. Almeria has spent the last few years in the lower divisions.
Therefore, we would expect a different team when they visit Bilbao. Almeria has won only one game this season, while Athletic Club has won four.
Both teams have the chance to win this game as they would get the chance to increase their points and get a chance to enter the top spots.
The game will be tricky, but Athletic Club has the upper hand since they would play at home and have better stats this season.
Unsurprisingly, Athletic Club is the Athletic Club vs Almeria betting favorite. The team has had a better start to the season as they’ve won more games and gathered more points than Almeria.
Athletic Club Odds Breakdown
Athletic Club won seven wins in their last 12 meetings, while Almeria got two, and the rest ended in a draw. So, we’re not shocked when Athletic got -250 odds to win this match.
We expect the team to dominate with these odds. Also, their chance of winning is around 71%. However, the team has only won 44% of the games with these La Liga odds.
So, we can’t count Almeria out completely or write off the game ending in a draw, given the home team’s previous performances.
Almeria Odds Breakdown
Almeria’s odds at +550 are pretty high, making a win for the team complex. Their winning chance is slim, but we think there is a possibility that the team will do something in the game.
It remains a tricky game, but following their odds and previous matches, Athletic Bilbao takes the lead in this one.
After the first six games of the season, Athletic Club sits fourth on the log. They’ve won four matches with only one draw and one loss.
Their first game ended in a goalless draw, but they soon picked things up when they faced Valencia in the second tie. Against all odds, the team got their first win of the season.
They continued in the third match when they faced another newly promoted team in the league. They won 4-0 against Cadiz, making them unbeaten in the first three games.
However, the run soon ended when they played Espanyol. The team lost to the Catalan club at home in a tight match that ended 1-0.
Athletic Winning Streak
After the loss, Athletic has been unbeaten in the last two games. They won 4-1 against Elche CF in a thrilling match.
They were the favorites to win but still needed to take their chances and win the game, which they did in style. It was an exciting game that Bilbao dominated from start to finish.
After the match, they played Rayo Vallecano. They dominated the first match and made a comeback, scoring three goals after going down in the fifth minute.
We expect them to continue their form when they face Almeria at the start of this week’s round of games. It would be an interesting game.
The last time Almeria made it into the Spanish La Liga was in the 2014/15 season when the team was relegated.
Since then, the team has struggled to return to the top-flight league. As they successfully made it into the La Liga after last season, we expect them to push for a top finish this season.
The season didn’t start well as they’ve struggled in the first six games. Their first match ended in a 2-1 loss to the defending champions, Real Madrid.
After that match, they got their first point but were still searching for their first win after the game ended in 1-1 against Elche, another team struggling for form this season.
Fortunately for the team, their trajectory kept going up as they got a win in their next game. It was an interesting game that ended in favor of Almeria.
They ended the match 2-1. But since then, they’ve lost 1-0 in their last three games. It doesn’t look too good for the team, but we can see that they can do better.
Athletic Club vs Almeria Betting Pick and Prediction
The battle will be tight as Athletic Club takes on Almeria. However, we expect the home team to dominate the match. Even though it will be a tough tie, we think Athletic Club will end the game with a win.
So, our soccer picks for this tie would be Athletic Club win and over 2.5.
Soccer Pick: Athletic win (-250)