Breathing relieved to have managed to leave the relegation zone of the Spanish Championship, Athletic Bilbao opens its participation in the round of 16 of the Glass of the King of Spain this Thursday, 10 of January. He will face Sevilla in the San Mamés stadium in Bilbao. The return match is scheduled for January 16.The tournament had unique and eliminatory games in its first three phases. The start of the
number four, which marked the entrance of the teams of the elite division of Spanish football, started to be played in the knockout round-robin games. For the definition, in case of equality in the number of points won, the goal balance and goals scored outside the home are used as tie-break criteria.
On Monday, January 7, closing the eighteenth round of the 2018/2019 edition of LaLiga, the penultimate of the first round, the Bilbao team achieved an important victory. It was the first one as visitor. In Vigo, made 2 to 1 in Celta. With this, managed to leave the Z3.Reaching 19 points (three wins, ten draws and five losses), he climbed to the seventeenth place in the Spanish league table. It is the first out of the relegation zone. The advantage in the comparison with Villarreal, eighteenth, is two points.The success confirmed the improvement in production that the team had shown in the last days of 2018 and increased to five the number of matches of its unbeaten sequence. Now it’s three wins and two draws.This series includes a game of the King of Spain Cup, where the Bilbao team did not find any problem to go through the third stage, stage in which made its debut. It applied two goals of 4 to 0 in Huesca.To face Sevilla, coach Gaizka Garitano, considered responsible for this reaction, has some injury problems to deal with. The goalkeeper Alejandro Remiro is in the infirmary; and the midfielders Lekue and Mikel Rico.
Sevilla have an even greater lossless streak. She reached seven matches with a 1-1 draw on Sunday 6 January with Atletico Madrid. The problem with this series is that the equalities (four) are in number greater than the victories (three).In the Spanish Championship, for example, has made the team mark step in third position. With 33 points (nine wins, six draws and three losses), Sevilla saw Barcelona, the leader, gaining a seven-point lead. However, it’s not exactly a problem, since the title does not seem to be team ambition.Thus, staying in the qualifying zone for the 2019/2020 edition of the Champions League seems to be the real goal. In achieving this goal, has three points of advantage in comparison with Real Madrid, fifth placed and first out of the block.In the Europa League, which is the international tournament that contests in the current season, fulfilled its duty and advanced to second phase. It will debut in the knockout stage in February against Lazio, Italy.In the King’s Cup, had the tiny Villanovense in his debut. In the third phase, he kept the standard of not shining but fulfilling his duty. After a goalless draw in the rival stadium, won by 1 to 0 in Seville.For Thursday’s match, coach Pablo Marchin is expected to have two casualties due to medical problems. Defender Aleix Vidal and midfielder Maxime Gonalons are in the process of injury treatment.
Football Prediction of the Day Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla
In the last season of the Spanish Championship, the field command was decisive in the meetings involving Seville and Athletic Bilbao. In the first round, in Bilbao, the constituents made 1-0. In the second, Sevilla gave the change winning by 2 to 0.
The Sevilla have maintained a strategy of seeking to take the decisions of the forest to their stadium. Thus, he should post conservatively in the match in Bilbao trying to start the tie. Householders, technically more limited, should not risk too much. Even because they defend an unbeaten sequence that gave them self-esteem in the fight against relegation. Thus, the prognosis in the equality seems to be the best option for the confrontation of this Thursday by the eighth of end of Glass of the King of Spain.
Bet Tips: Athletic Bilbao wins