Bilbao favoured to reach the Copa del Rey last 16 v Celta Vigo
This evening’s match from the last 32 stage of the Copa del Rey is the third meeting between Athletic Bilbao and Celta Vigo this season and both of the sides have taken one win each so far. Bilbao won 3-2 at home in La Primera Liga in September, but it is Celta Vigo that lead this Copa del Rey tie after a 1-0 victory two weeks ago in front of their own fans. They know that a draw or a one goal defeat where they score will be enough to see them into the last 16 of this competition, but as a side that is sitting 15th in the La Primera Liga table and has collected just half the points of their hosts tonight can they get what they need this evening?
GR88.com do not believe so as they heavily favour victory and progression to the last 16 stage of the Copa del Rey for Bilbao at the San Mamés Barria tonight.
Bilbao v Celta Vigo Outright Odds:
Bilbao to win – 1.36
Draw – 4.60
Celta Vigo to win – 7.40
Odds provided by GR88.com are current as of today but subject to change.
Bilbao will be confident of being able to turn this tie around due to their excellent home record this season that has seen them win six and draw two of their eight matches in front of their faithful home support so far. They have scored 15 goals in their eight games and their last victory came in the form if a 1-0 victory over La Liga table toppers Barcelona so they are confident when playing on home soil. Add this to having already beaten Celta Vigo on this ground in both home matches since 2006’s 1-0 loss I feel that they are certainly deserving of being such large favourites to win this match. Can they live up to my expectations of taking victory this evening?
As well as Bilbao having a fine home record this season they will be boosted by the fact that Celta Vigo do not travel well as they have suffered five defeats in eight away games this season. They have won all of their other three games, but have lost both of their last two matches and are without an away win since November 2nd. These two away losses in their last two games have seen them concede seven goals to Real Sociedad and Real Valladolid and with both of these two sides worse off than Athletic Bilbao in the La Primera Liga table, I have a feeling that Celta Vigo will struggle to retain their one goal advantage at the full time whistle.
My thoughts on the game this match are that Bilbao have the league position over Celta Vigo, with them having taken twice the amount of points of the visitors to the San Mamés Barria so far, and their home form far outstrips the away form of Celta Vigo. As a result of this I see a comfortable victory for the home side this evening and I am backing Bilbao to win this match by at least two goals.
Back Bilbao -1.5 goals @ 1.93 with GR88.com in this Athletic Bilbao v Celta Vigo Copa del Rey match.