Villarreal face Athletic Bilbao in Round 31 of the 2021-22 La Liga season.
The match is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. GMT on Saturday, 9 April 2022. The match venue is Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao (April 9) game are available in this article. Next is a preview of the latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups.
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao latest odds on betting sites
Villarreal to win odds are priced at 2.25 (+125 American; 5/4 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 3.40 (+240; 12/5), while Athletic Bilbao to win odds are priced at 3.20 (+220; 11/5).
The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Villarreal — 40%, draw — 29%, Athletic Bilbao — 31%.
Latest betting odds on Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao (9 April 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Under 2.5 goals — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Asian handicap (0.0, -0.5) on Villarreal — 1.98 (-102; 50/51)
- Asian handicap (0.0, +0.5) on Athletic Bilbao — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.77 (-130; 10/13)
- Both teams to score (No) — 2.00 (+100; evens)
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao match preview and statistics
Villarreal are seventh in the league table with 45 points and a +19 goal difference. The Yellow Submarine have won three of their last five games, with two losses in the remaining. They beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in their last match.
Arnaut Danjuma scored the match winner in the 8th minute of the game with a scuffed strike from Parejo past Neuer from close range. Gerard Moreno sent Lo Celso down the right flank, and he cut a dangerous cross back for Parejo, Danjuma latched onto the ball before guiding an effort into the bottom-right corner.
Giovani Lo Celso had a brilliant performance in the match. He had the most key passes (5), most tackles (3), was the most fouled player (3 times), one block, one clearance and two interceptions.
They doubled the lead in the 41st minute but Francis Coquelin’s goal was ruled offside. Team statistics: 38% possession, 1.54 expected goals (xG), 12 total shots, one shot on target, two big chances, 271 accurate passes, 78% pass accuracy, 10 fouls committed, one offside, three corners, two yellow cards.
Villarreal team news: Alberto Moreno is out due to an ACL injury, while Pau Torres is suspended.
Athletic Bilbao are eighth in the league table with 44 points and a +6 goal difference. The Lions have two wins, two losses and a draw in their last five matches. They beat Elche 2-1 in their last match.
Alex Berenguer opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner, assisted by Yuri Berchiche with a cross. Asier Villalibre doubled the lead in the 86th minute with a right footed shot from the left side of the six-yard box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Raul Garcia.
Josan pulled one back in the 90+2 minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Gerard Gumbau. Top stats: 48% possession, 2.25 expected goals (xG), 16 total shots, six shots on target, two big chances, 318 accurate passes, 77% pass accuracy, 14 fouls committed, one offside, seven corners, two yellow cards.
Athletic Bilbao team news: Inigo Lekue and Julen Agirrezabala are sidelined due to injuries.
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao H2H
Athletic Bilbao haven’t lost to Villarreal in their last six meetings with two wins and four draws. They won 2-1 in the last meeting.
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao lineups and key players
Villarreal projected starting lineup:
- Geronimo Rulli
- Serge Aurier
- Raul Albiol
- Aissa Mandi
- Pervis Estupinan
- Yeremi Pino
- Daniel Parejo
- Etienne Capoue
- Manuel Trigueros
- Gerard Moreno
- Arnaut Danjuma
Arnaut Danjuma is the key player to watch out for. He had a top performance in their last match against Bayern Munich, scoring the match winner early into the game. Danjuma has eight goals and three assists in the league this season.
Athletic Bilbao projected starting lineup:
- Unai Simon
- Oscar de Marcos
- Daniel Vivian
- Unai Nunez
- Yuri Berchiche
- Alex Berenguer
- Unai Vencedor
- Mikel Vesga
- Iker Muniain
- Oihan Sancet
- Inaki Williams
Inaki Williams is the key player to watch out for. He’s the top scorer in the team with seven league goals and three assists. Williams hasn’t scored in three games and should be able to get on the scoresheet in this match.
Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao predictions and betting tips
Villarreal bounced back with a win in their last match against Bayern Munich. This is a good step toward their next league match, after losing two back-to-back league games. They need to win this game to edge closer to the top 6. Athletic Bilbao got back to the winning way in their last match as well after drawing and losing in the previous two. They are a point below Villarreal in the league table, a win in this game will push them to seventh place.
In their last six meetings, both teams have drawn six times, while Bilbao have won two times. In this fixture, the Yellow Submarine have the home advantage. Predictions for this match are a draw, and under 2.5 goals. Villarreal haven’t lost in 10 home games and they are playing at home. Both sides will most likely settle for a draw with a low scoreline.
Betting prediction: A draw
Odds: 3.40 (+240 American; 12/5 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.91 (-110 American; 10/11 Fractional)