La Liga Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano 9/21/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

Athletic Bilbao have been one of the most solid teams to start the season, with a very good soccer plan and a VERY strong home ground. They are coming off a tough, but fair, draw on the road against Atletico Madrid and they will now look to keep their unbeaten streak alive when they will play host to Rayo Vallecano on Tuesday. 

Rayo Vallecano (2 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw) started the season with two expected losses on the road against two very good teams, Sevilla (3-0) and Real Sociedad (1-0). But they bounced back with a really strong 4-0 home win against Granada, followed by a 1-1 draw at Levante, while beating Getafe by another solid home performance (3-0). What is really interesting about Rayo is the fact that there have been 6 penalty kicks in their 5 matches so far, with Rayo winning 2 of those and conceding 4 already. 

Athletic Bilbao (2 wins, 0 losses, 3 draws) are coming off a goal-less draw on the road against Atletico Madrid, in a match where they had 0 shots on target. They managed to keep their unbeaten streak intact (2 wins, 3 draws), as they had started the season with 2 draws (0-0 at Elche) and 1-1 at home against Barcelona), before beating Mallorca by 2-0 (home) and Celta by 1-0 (on the road). They will now return home where they are much stronger than they are on the road, and they should be able to grab all 3 points here.

Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano. Bilbao are always a tough side to beat when they are playing at home, at the San Mames stadium, and Vallecano have not fared well in this venue over the years (3 wins, 10 losses, 4 draws), also losing each of the last 4 matches here. I like Bilbao to win (+100) and I don’t expect too many goals either. Bilbao are usually very careful at home and keep the matches in low tempos (last season they had an average of 2.3 goals per match, while Rayo Vallecano had an average of 2.2 goals per match). 

La Liga Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano 9/21/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

La Liga Starting Time: 16:00PM EDT

Location: Estadio San Mames, bilbao

Date: Tuesday, September 21st   

La Liga Odds: Athletic Bilbao -0.5

La Liga Totals: 2.25

Free La Liga Pick: Athletic Bilbao -0.5 (+100)

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