On Saturday, Villarreal will host an out-of-form Athletic Bilbao side hoping to keep pace with the top four teams in La Liga. Athletic sits in eighth position, tied on points with seventh-place Girona, and the home team is currently fifth, seven points behind fourth-place Real Sociedad.
Even though Villarreal is in a position to compete for the top four in the remaining weeks of the season, they have a lot of work ahead as they are now seven points behind Real Sociedad in fourth place. With their current roster, the Yellow Submarine would finish fifth in the 2023-24 Europa League, which would be an improvement after finishing seventh in each of the previous two seasons.
Quique Setien’s squad enters this match riding high after collecting seven points in their last three games to move up to fifth place, two points ahead of sixth-placed Real Betis, and seven points ahead of seventh-placed Girona. The Yellow Submarine’s previous league match ended in a 1-1 draw against Valencia. Prior to that, they had lost the season opener against Athletic by a score of 1-0.
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Despite Villarreal’s impressive home record of 32 points from 16 matches, they will be meeting an Athletic team that has excelled away from home, losing just five of their 16 away games, fewer than Real Madrid (6) and tied with Real Sociedad (5).
Athletic, however, enters this encounter following a humiliating 1-0 home loss to Real Betis; the Basque club have won only one of their past three games. Currently, Ernesto Valverde’s squad is in eighth place, tied on points with Girona for seventh place and automatic entry to the Europa Conference League playoff round.
They want to make significant progress this season after failing to finish in the top seven since 2016–17, but they have a long way to go. The Lions haven’t won in La Liga since April 22, but they did get a 1-1 road draw against Mallorca at the beginning of this month.
Villarreal CF vs Athletic Club Game Information
- Date: 05/13/2023
- Time: 12:30 PM ET
- Location: El Madrigal.
- How to Watch Villarreal vs Athletic: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
Villarreal vs Athletic Betting Lines
Villarreal is +115 according to our Vegas La Liga Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $115. On the other side, Athletic is +230 according to the Vegas La Liga Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $230.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Villarreal at a 46.51% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Athletic has 30.30% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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