A big game in the race for European positions is on the La Liga schedule for Thursday, July 9, 2020, when Athletic Bilbao hosts Sevilla. Athletic Bilbao are looking to stay in the Europa League race, while Sevilla are looking to solidify their Champions League position. This game will air live on beIN SPORTS at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Entering matchday 35, Athletic Bilbao sit in eighth place, with 48 points, are the first team out of the European positions. Bilbao are three points behind seventh place Real Sociedad, five points behind sixth place Getafe, and six points behind fifth place Villarreal.
Sevilla sit in fourth place, with 60 points, are currently occupy the final Champions League spot. The club are six points ahead of fifth place Villarreal and seven points ahead of sixth place Getafe. Sevilla are also just two points behind third place Atletico Madrid.
Below is my pick for the La Liga action between Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla. All odds are from BetMGM Sportsbook.
Athletic Bilbao (+220) vs Sevilla (+135) Draw (+200)
Athletic Bilbao will be disappointed with their 1-0 home loss to Real Madrid last Sunday. Bilbao had more of the chances, but a Sergio Ramos penalty in the 73rd minute gave Real Madrid all three points. Athletic Bilbao now has three wins, two draws, and two losses since the La Liga restart. Entering matchday 35, Athletic Bilbao are the fifth best home club thanks to a 9-4-4 record and 31 points.
Last time out, Sevilla didn’t make it easy on themselves, but they did come away with a 1-0 home win over relegation candidate Eibar. It was scoreless at the half, but Lucas Ocampos connected on a Jesus Navas cross for a 56th minute goal. That was all Sevilla needed to keep up their strong momentum. Sevilla are unbeaten since the La Liga restart with three wins and five draws. Thanks to an 8-5-4 record, and 29 points, Sevilla are the second-best road club in Spain.
Series History: These two clubs have met 158 times in the past and Sevilla holds a slight 65-30-63 advantage. A 1-1 draw was the result of the reverse fixture back in early January.
Game Prediction: I see this one ending in a draw.
2020 Results: 74-57