Our man in Spain, Phil Kitromilides, thinks the visitors will be able to capitalise on Celta's poor defensive record at home to prevail in at least one of the halves on FridayThings at the bottom of La Liga are extremely tight, with five points separating the last six sides in the standings.
Back-to-back wins for Celta Vigo have lifted them off the foot of the table yet not out of the relegation zone and the Galicians will be hoping to steal an advantage on their rivals in the battle to avoid the drop by claiming all three points on Friday night.
Bet365 price them at 7/5 (2.40) to record their seventh home win of the season, while Athletic Bilbao who themselves are not safe from relegation can be backed at 9/5 (2.80).
That the Basques are languishing at the wrong end of the table, contemplating the possibility of a first-ever relegation, is due largely to their rampant inconsistency.
Nine away defeats along with one of the leakiest defences in the division mean that Athletic have not been a side whom punters have been rushing to back this season.
Celta too have inspired little confidence, though; awful on the road and defensively vulnerable at home. The side from Vigo have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 12 home matches and Athletic have in recent games looked increasingly more dangerous in front of goal.
Both teams to score is offered at 4/6 (1.65) but, for a better price, back Athletic to win either half at 8/11 (1.73). This bet has paid out in each of their last two games and, with Celta's defense continuing to look far from convincing, the Basques have a great chance of coming out on top in at least one of the halves.
For a value bet, back Athletic to score in both halves and take advantage of the aforementioned leaky home defence at 3/1 (4.00). This is a bet which paid out in thier last game against league leaders Barcelona and looks to be somewhat overpriced for Friday's game.
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|Athletic to win either half at 8/11 (1.73) with bet365
||Athletic to score in both halves at 3/1 (4.00) with bet365
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