SEVILLA – ATHLETIC BILBAO LIVE MATCH PREVIEW Your Way To Success Seville is back Sevilla lost ground in the title race in December after a 1-1 draw at Osasuna and a surprising 1-2 home loss to Villarreal.
1.Seville is back
Sevilla lost ground in the title race in December after a 1-1 draw at Osasuna and a surprising 1-2 home loss to Villarreal. But at least they managed to sign a win for Christmas when Diego Carlos and Ever Banega celebrated a 2-0 win over Mallorca at Son Moix.
The result confirmed Sevilla’s position in the top four, leading on day 19 five points behind the Barcelona leaders and just three points ahead of Real Madrid, which finished second. Los Palanganas, who will face Los Blancos at the Bernabéu at the end of January, will feel that there are few results left before the race. However, qualifying for the Champions League remains the team’s primary goal. Julen Lopetegui this time.
Sevilla will be able to pass Friday’s test against the seventh place in Athletic Bilbao. Although Villarreal surprised them 2-1 in their last game at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan, they have already won four of their last five home games. With a total of six wins and three draws in the previous ten games of the first level, it is easy to understand why Los Palanganas has been chosen as a favorite for this critical game in Andalusia.
2.Distant results hamper Bilbao’s progress
Athletic Bilbao was huge at home with 20 points in nine games (D6, D2, L1) at the time, but it was a different story for Los Leones than for San Mamés.
The November 2-1 win at Osasuna was Bilbao’s only success in nine attempts so far (D5, L3), and they failed to beat players like Mallorca, Celta Vigo, and Leganés on their travels, teams that are currently languishing in and around the drop zone.
Bilbao’s level of performance was not at the same level, and they find it challenging to have an impact on the goal when they are on the opposing field, with only six goals in total. With such a secure account, it is not surprising that they could only win one of their nine away games. Despite an encouraging 0-0 defeat against Real Madrid the last time at the Bernabéu, they refused to seek the three points.