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La Liga Betting Preview: Villareal vs Atletico Bilbao

La Liga Betting Preview: Villareal vs Atletico Bilbao

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The lone game in La Liga on Monday features a battle between two of the top six sides as Bilbao faces Villareal on the road. Kickoff is at 5pm ET, and the BTTS picks offers value.

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Villareal looks to break its two-game unbeaten streak on Monday but will need to earn it against a very resilient Atletico Bilbao side that is currently sitting in fourth spot behind Barcelona in the La Liga table.

The hosts have nabbed only four of a possible 15 points from their previous five matches, including last weekend's 2-0 away loss to Grenada. They are still well within reach of the final Champions League berth that Bilbao currently holds, and a win today would cut that gap down to only four points with a win -- which is paying 2.30 at William Hill.

The British bookmaker is also listing the draw at 3.30, with the both teams to score/draw pick bringing that up to 4.00.

The visitors come into the match on a three-game unbeaten run, and after drawing 1-1 on the road against Valencia last week they have now gone four consecutive away matches without defeat.

Bilbao will be fighting hard to preserve that coveted Champions League spot, and at 3.10 to win the club offers decent value to notch its sixth road win of the season. Los Leones defeated the Yellow Submarine in their previous encounter this season, by a 2-0 score back in October.

Despite the fact that Bilbao has only allowed three goals in its last five games, I prefer the over 2.5 total goals here at 1.95 to crack. Villareal home games have produced an average of three goals while Bilbao cracks the over in its away games, too. Villareal will not want to squander this opportunity, and I envision the home side scoring.

To squeeze a litle more juice from that fruit, consider the both teams to score/over 2.5 pick at 2.20.

In the correct goal scorer market, it is Nigerian international striker Ikechukwu Uche that offers a decent price at 2.25. He is 10th in league scoring with 12 goals this season, averaging just slightly over a goal every other game.