We are back to post-weekend action with MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, with just a couple of picks for this evening.
Spain La Liga
Bilbao v Gijon – Over 2.5 goals & BTTS @ 2.62 (Bet365) – 2 points
Athletic Bilbao come into this game along with their opponents Sporting Gijon sitting in the bottom quarter of the table. Both teams have better ambitions as Bilbao finished 7th last year and were hoping to progress on that while Gijon just came back to the top flight.
BIlbao have been in reasonably poor form winning only 1 out of the last 5 games in the league, and that poor form has seen them sit towards the bottom end of the table. They have lost to Real Madrid and Villareal while keeping a 0-0 with Sociedad and drawing last week against Deportivo by a score of 2-2. Their defence has been shaky that has prevented them converting some tight games into victories. Aduriz has been leading the way for them on the goal scoring 5 out of the 10 goals that they have scored so far in the 8 games. They haven’t had enough support from the attacking players in Susaeta, Williams and Garcia to give them that thrust of goals.
Sporting Gijon are continuing where they left off last time in La Liga; that is in keep conceding goals. After holding out to 2 scoreless draws against Real Madrid and Real Sociedad, they have leaked goals in every other game, seeing them sit in 15th spot in the table. The only positive in this time, is that they have converted 2 of those games to victories, while losing 3 and drawing 1. They haven’t had a definite scorer but relied on a collection of them to score goals such as Carlos Castro, Guerrero, Sanabria, Halilovic, Cases and Mendez to all chip in with a couple of goals to put them to this position so far.
Both teams have had 21+ goals in the 8 games played so far with Athletic Bilbao going 7 out of last 9 games in all competitions with over 2.5 goals being scored as well as both teams scoring, while the same case can be said for Sporting Gijon in 5 straight games.