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Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – San Mamés

Date: 19th November 2017

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

This game is historically one of the closest fixtures in the Spanish calendar with both teams always looking to get a Europa League spot at the end of the season.

Although Villarreal are the stronger team heading into this fixture, it is always hard to beat Athletic Bilbao when they play at home.

However, these are tough times for Athletic who have only taken 4 points from their last 8 games.

Their decline should be predictable as it has been a long time since they made a quality addition to their squad with their preference for Basque players to blame for their lack of transfer activity.

While they are reliant on an ageing Aritz Aduriitz who turns 37 this season in their attack, they have been impressive at home defensively as they have kept a clean sheet in 60% of their home games with only Barcelona and Atletico Madrid scoring there.

Villarreal will face a tough task breaking down Bilbao but they are also a solid side defensively and they will be looking to keep a blunt Bilbao attack at bay too.

When they both met last season, each team won on their own perch but Villarreal have lost 4 of their last 5 visits here.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Athletic Bilbao

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Celta Vigo 3-1 Athletic Bilbao Nov 5, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Östersunds FK Nov 2, 2017 UEFA Europa League
L Athletic Bilbao 0-2 Barcelona Oct 28, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D SD Formentera 1-1 Athletic Bilbao Oct 25, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
L Leganes 1-0 Athletic Bilbao Oct 22, 2017 Spanish Primera División

Villarreal

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Villarreal 2-0 Málaga Nov 5, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Slavia Prague 0-2 Villarreal Nov 2, 2017 UEFA Europa League
D Atletico Madrid 1-1 Villarreal Oct 28, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Ponferradina 1-0 Villarreal Oct 25, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
W Villarreal 4-0 Las Palmas Oct 22, 2017 Spanish Primera División

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Villarreal 3-1 Athletic Bilbao Apr 7, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Villarreal Nov 20, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Villarreal Feb 6, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Villarreal 0-1 Athletic Bilbao Jan 13, 2016 Spanish Copa del Rey
Athletic Bilbao 3-2 Villarreal Jan 6, 2016 Spanish Copa del Rey


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