In the second semi-final of the Copa Del Rey, Athletic Bilbao will face Valencia as both teams aim to get one step closer to the final.
Athletic Bilbao will head into the game confident after a 1-0 victory against Real Madrid. As for Valencia, they secured their spot in the semi-finals after a narrow win against Cadiz and will have their work cut out for them as they face one of the strongest teams in the tournament.
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia Head-to-Head
Looking back over their history, the two teams have squared off eight times in the past five years. Bilbao only managed a single victory while Valencia came out with two. Five of their games ended without a winner.
However, the home side currently boasts a winning streak of four games, and they seem to be in stronger form than their opponents this season. They’ll be trying hard to make up for the last two seasons, having made it into the final on both occasions but suffering a defeat both times. Athletic have played 6 Copa Del Rey finals since 2008 but haven’t managed to lift the trophy in any of these.
While not as strong as Marcelino’s men, Valencia will be riding high on the fact that they’ve emerged victorious in six out of their last eight games in all tournaments. They’ll be hoping some of that good fortune will rub off on this Friday’s game.
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia Team News
Athletic Bilbao will be without attacker Nico Williams, who’s currently recovering from a hamstring injury and will be unavailable for at least a month. The same goes for Vencedor, although he might make a comeback as he seems close to being fully recovered.
In Valencia’s case, Paulista and Guillamon are both out due to injuries while Alderete and Diakhaby will be welcomed back into the team.
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia Betting Tips
With an almost fully fit team and an undeniable home advantage, we’re confident with an Athletic Bilbao win on this one with the following odds:
Athletic Bilbao to win: 1.90
Valencia to win: 5.00
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