Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Prediction: Team to Win, Form, News and more 14/04/2024

Here is our prediction for the upcoming La Liga Primera match between Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal on Sunday, April 14th 2024.

 
9:00am on Sunday 14th April 2024
By
Jake Skudder

In an intriguing La Liga matchup, Athletic Bilbao is set to host Villarreal at the San Mames Barria on the 14th of April, 2024. This clash promises to be a critical one with both teams aiming for crucial points at different ends of the table.

Athletic Bilbao, fresh off their Copa del Rey victory, will be looking to secure a spot in the top four, while Villarreal's ambitions for European football next season look increasingly slim.

Current Form

Athletic Bilbao's Current Form

Athletic Bilbao is experiencing a solid season, sitting fifth in the league and just two points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid.

Their recent league outings have been a mixed bag with two wins, a draw, and a loss in their last four games.

Notably, they enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Alaves in their last home match, showcasing their strong home form.

Villarreal's Current Form

Villarreal, on the other hand, holds the 10th spot in the standings, and their recent form saw an end to a four-game winning streak with a 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

They have been performing better on the road, claiming three wins in their last four away games.

Team News

Athletic Bilbao's Team News

Athletic will be missing Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta due to a suspension, with Mikel Vesga expected to fill in.

Unai Simon will return as the goalkeeper, providing stability at the back. Nico Williams, despite recent injury concerns, is set to start, adding significant pace and skill on the wing.

Villarreal's Team News

Villarreal faces multiple injury woes. Key players like Francis Coquelin and Eric Bailly are sidelined.

Kiko Femenia will be back from suspension, bolstering their defence. Gerard Moreno, Goncalo Guedes, and Alexander Sorloth will lead the attack, hoping to exploit Athletic's defensive vulnerabilities.

Key Players

Athletic Bilbao's Key Players

Nico Williams, with his dynamic performances on the flank, and goalkeeper Unai Simon, whose saves are crucial for Athletic, will be key to their success.

21 yrs - AM (LR) - Athletic
79
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
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1710
Played matches
24
3
8
Shots P90
2.21
Shots On target P90
0.63
Successful passing %
80%
Final third passes P90
12.70

Villarreal's Key Players

For Villarreal, Gerard Moreno's ability to find the back of the net will be vital, along with Alexander Sorloth, who brings physicality and finishing skills to the forefront.

32 yrs - F (CR) - Villarreal
86 
Defending
Creative
Passing
Attacking
Shooting
Decisive
Aerials
Physical
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2032
Played matches
27
10
4
Shots P90
2.75
Shots On target P90
0.93
Successful passing %
80%
Final third passes P90
17.16

Scoreline Prediction

Predicted Scoreline

Athletic's solid home record and Villarreal's erratic defence suggest a narrow home victory, crucial for Athletic's Champions League aspirations.

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Villarreal

For all of the analysis of Bilbao vs Villarreal as it happens live, check out our Preview and Live Update page for the game.

FAQs

What time does the match start? The match starts at 5.30 PM UK time on April 14, 2024.

Where is the match being played? At San Mames Barria, home of Athletic Bilbao.

Who are the key players to watch? For Athletic Bilbao, watch for Nico Williams and Unai Simon. For Villarreal, Gerard Moreno and Alexander Sorloth are the ones to watch.

What's at stake for both teams? Athletic Bilbao is fighting for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification. Villarreal is looking to improve their position but has slim chances for European qualification.

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