In the first match of the semi-finals in Copa del Rey, Athletic Bilbao takes Espanyol in his "San Mames" this Wednesday (February 11, 2015). Both teams will throw all the forces trying to reach the finish line in the race, as it appears their only way to qualify for European club competitions next season. The hosts are the team with the most many King`s cups earned - 23 in total and guests have triumphed four times in the tournament. The odds for the game offered by the leading bookmaker bet365 are as follows: 2.05 for a home win, with a draw at 3.30 and 3.60 for the victory of the guests.
Athletic Bilbao has been defeated with 2:5 at home last weekend from Barcelona in a match of the Spanish Primera Division, interrupting a series of four games without a loss. Athletic Bilbao is very hesitant from the start of the season and not accidentally located in the lower half of the table in La Liga. In front of his audience recorded only one win in the last six games at "San Mames". With punishment for this game is one of the main defenders of the team Aymeric Laporte.
Espanyol lost with 1:2 against Valencia last weekend in a meeting of La Liga and it was the third consecutive loss for the team. Espanyol has a very poor performance in his previous visits, having won only two - one in La Liga and one in the Copa del Rey. With punishment for this meeting are two of the main defenders of the team - Alvaro Gonzalez and Victor Alvarez. With question remains the participation of midfielder Abraham.
Athletic Bilbao defeated Espanyol once this season with 3:1 at "San Mames". This happened in November in a meeting of the Primera Division. Before this match, the visitors from Catalonia are in a series of seven matches without a loss against the Basques. The hosts will try to take advantage before the second leg and is reasonable to bet on their victory.
Last six direct meetings:
Athletic Bilbao - Espanyol 3:1
Athletic Bilbao - Espanyol 1:2
Espanyol - Athletic Bilbao 3:2
Athletic Bilbao - Espanyol 0:4
Espanyol - Athletic Bilbao 3:3
Athletic Bilbao - Espanyol 3:3
Prediction Athletic Bilbao - Espanyol: 1
Odds: 2.05 at bet365