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Alcoyano vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips

  • Alcoyano vs Athletic Bilbao predictions for Thursday’s Copa del Rey match at Campo Municipal El Collao
  • Bilbao recently beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to win the Super Cup
  • Full match preview, stats, team news and predictions
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Athletic Bilbao backed to win in the Copa del Rey (Getty Images)

Alcoyano Form


Alcoyano are sitting third in Group B in Group 3 of the Segunda B. The Alcoi club won five straight matches including home wins against Laredo and Huesca in the Copa del Rey.

Vicente Parras’ side drew 0-0 at Hercules but returned home to record a huge win. 

Hosting Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey, José Solbes made it 1-1 in the 80th minute and Juanan scored the winner in extra time.

Alcoyano returned to the Segunda B with a 2-0 home win against Orihuela. Jonathan Mejía opened the scoring and Manuel Raillo wrapped it up with a late penalty.

Alcoyano Team News


Alcoyano have no reported players injured or suspended.

Athletic Bilbao Form


Athletic Bilbao have seen a big upturn in form since Marcelino replaced Gaizka Garitano as manager in early January. Marcelino’s first match in charge was a 3-2 home defeat to Barcelona in La Liga.

The Basque club bounced back by winning the Spanish Super Cup. Bilbao beat Real Madrid 2-1 before recovering from 2-1 down in the 90th minute against Barcelona to win 3-2 in extra time.

Bilbao suffered a scare at Ibiza in the Copa del Rey. Raul Garcia equalised and Unai Núñez scored the winner in the 90th minute.

Athletic Bilbao returned home and recorded a 5-1 win against Getafe on Monday. Down 1-0 after 20 seconds, goals to Raul García (2), Yeray Alvarez, Alex Berenguer and Oscar De Marcos overturned the early deficit.

Athletic Bilbao Team News


Athletic Bilbao centre-back Peru Nolaskoain remains out injured but Íñigo Martínez could return to the starting side here. 

Midfielders Unai López and Mikel Vesga should start here alongside forwards Alex Berenguer and Asier Villalibre.

Head to Head


Athletic Bilbao have a 7-2 advantage against Alcoyano with 1 draw in 10 matches.

They last met in the 2014/15 Copa del Rey 4th round with Alcoyano holding Atletico to a 1-1 draw at home before a 1-0 defeat in Bilbao in the second leg.

Predictions


Athletic Bilbao beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to win the Super Cup and continue to improve under Marcelino. Alcoyano beat Real Madrid in extra time but unlikely to repeat the trick in the Copa del Rey.

  • Athletic Bilbao have won 4 of their last 5 matches against Alcoyano (all competitions).
  • Athletic Bilbao have won 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
  • Athletic Bilbao’s Raúl Garcia has scored 5 goals in his last 4 matches (all competitions).

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