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Athletic Club vs Real Betis:  Bilbao looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven La Liga games.

Athletic Club vs Real Betis: Bilbao looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven La Liga games.

Bilbao vs Betis – San Mamés – Sunday 27th January – Kick off 5.30pm UK time

Gaizka Garitano’s side host Real Betis at San Mamés on Sunday afternoon with Bilbao looking to extend their La Liga unbeaten run to seven.

Following a pretty uncertain campaign so far for Bilbao, they have finally started to put a run of results together and haven’t lost in the league since their 3-0 defeat to Levante in early December.

Since then they have won three and drawn three helping them escape the relegation zone and climb as high as 14th.

As for Betis, after experiencing an unbeaten December, 2019 has not been so kind, with just one win so far.

Los Verdiblancos, currently occupy 7th place, and could go as high as fifth with a victory in the Basque country.

Quique Setién will be without Antonio Sanabria who has now returned to Serie A in a reported €20 million move to Genoa.

With that in mind, Joaquin likely to replace the 22-year-old in the starting line-up.

Despite their early season struggles, remarkably Bilbao could end the match week as high as eighth with a win, depending on results elsewhere for Real Sociedad and Valencia.

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TEAM NEWS

William Carvalho is back after a ban for the away side and should be preferred to Andres Guardado.

Sidnei should feature at centre-back once more for the away side after sitting out in the last La Liga game following the death of his father and should start over Zouhair Feddal.

Joaquin has a knock, but is expected to start, following Antonio Sanabria’s move to Serie A side Genoa.

As for Athletic, Beñat is sidelined due to suspension and in-form Inaki Williams will lead the line once more.

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Bilbao (4-2-3-1): Herrerín; Capa, Álvarez, Martínez, Yuri; García, José; Gómez, Muniain, Córdoba; Williams.

Real Betis (3-4-3): Lopez; Mandi, Bartra, Sidnei; Barragán, Lo Celso, Carvalho, Tello; Canales, Loren, Joaquín.

VERDICT

With Bilbao currently experiencing a spell of serious momentum and Betis struggling to get wins in 2019, added to the fact that Joaquín could play with a knock, Garitano’s side should come out on top.

SCORE PREDICTION

Bilbao 2-1 Real Betis