Real Valladolid 1-3 Athletic Bilbao – Betting Review 


Betting Analysis

Looking at the 1×2 market first. Athletic was the favourite and won deservedly @ 2.05.

Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest.  The Basques looked opposable based on recent results, but they got the win having significantly raised their game in Valladolid. 

Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all. The line was set at 2.25 and the over won easily. This was thanks to a more attacking showing from the Basques than normal. Also, fair to say that Valladolid didn’t defend as well as expected.


Match Summary

It was a massively improved Athletic Bilbao which stormed their way to a deserved 1-3 win over Valladolid on Friday evening.

The Basques had come into the game without winning in four matches, but they raised their performance levels and thanks to an attacking and ambitious approach, they were superior to Valladolid and won the game fairly comfortably.

The visitors came into the game in bad form and sat in 9th place. They had been unfortunate to lose their previous game with Barcelona, but hadn’t scored in 3 games as a result.

Valladolid’s star man Larin was the most productive and effective for the host once more. He was close to connecting on Oscar Plano’s cross early on.

Valladolid looked slightly the more dangerous when Kike Pérez saw his effort come off team-mate Javi Sánchez before Larin fired over.

At the other end, the lively Inaki Williams set up the returning Oihan Sancet, but his effort was tame in the game’s best chance at that stage.

Soon after athletic took the lead courtesy of a big deflection on a free-kick that Inigo Martínez had fired into the Valladolid wall.

The goal was fortunate, but it increased the Basques confidence on the pitch. They continued to attack and work the most danger from this moment.

Athletic came close with Oihan Sancet but Valverde’s men kept seeking goals, with Gorka Guruzeta sliding the ball in on the far post after good work down the right side by  Oscar De Marcos.

On 73 minutes Larin was alive to a loose ball and cut the deficit to 2-1.

Valladolid had new life and the game looked in the balance, but Athletic’s two-goal cushion was not long restored.

Nico Williams’ shot hit the hand of  a defender and Mikel Vesga slotted home the penalty to wrap up the win.

Valladolid must go back to the drawing board while Athletic moved up to seventh, two points off the European places.