Athletic Bilbao v Getafe at San Mamés Stadium at 15:00 GMT Live La Liga Tv
Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams confirmed he was targeted with racist abuse during Les Leones’ 1-1 draw at Espanyol last weekend. The 25-year old was subjected to chanting from the home fans during the game, and as he was substituted on the 69th minute on a grim day for Spanish football.
The Basque born attacker, who has Ghanaian parents, criticised the incident in his post-match interview, with La Liga now set to investigate the incident. Meanwhile, movements have already been made by the Espanyol authorities to identify the perpetrators and hand out tough punishments and stadium bans.
Back to football and Gaizka Garitano’s arguably edged the encounter despite taking a share of the spoils in Barcelona. The result extended Athletic’s fine recent run of just four defeats in 21 outings this season, including just one in their past 11 matches. However, Les Leones have been handicapped by draws.
The Bilbao boys have often struggled to inspire in the final-third, and reliant on their well-drilled defence to garner positive results, particularly at San Mames where the hosts have W14-D7-L1 here under Garitano, returning a remarkable 13 clean sheets in that 22-game sample.
Only Real Madrid and Atletico are limiting opposition opportunities as well as Athletic in La Liga this term according to Expected Goals (xG). And Garitano’s men are also amongst the leading pack for limiting the concession of shots in the box. But should the goal line be set so low for their match with Getafe?
Garitano aimed to solve their attacking conundrum against Espanyol by surprisingly handing Asier Villalibre his first league start. The 22-year-old grabbed the Basques’ only goal from a well-worked corner routine but in their last San Mames outing, Athletic generated an eye-catching 2.26 xG total.
Seven of Athletic’s 10 ties in front of their adoring home supporters have featured at least two goals and with the focus on sharpening up the team’s offensive approach, there has to be value in supporting Over 1.75 Goals against a Getafe side that, contrary to popular belief, offers plenty in the final-third.
Getafe can play their part in enjoyable encounter
Getafe needed a couple of big handball decisions to go their way to beat Betis last time out, a result that pushed the Madrid minnows into the top-four. Jose Bordalas’ boys have now triumphed in nine of their past 14 league fixtures, scoring in all bar six of their 21 overall La Liga matches in 2019/20.
The visitors are also regular profit-makers when it comes to Over 1.75 Goals, especially when playing away. Since the start of last season, Getafe have seen 23/29 (79%) of their road trips produce a minimum of two goals with an average of 2.20 delivered per-game, making the 1.83 too good to ignore.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 1.75 at 1.830
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