Athletic Bilbao - Villarreal Betting Preview: Back the visitors to score in the first half

Our La Liga expert expects the Yellow Submarine to continue their fine run in Bilbao on Monday
An entertaining encounter looks to be in store this evening at the new San Mames as Villarreal make the trip to Athletic Bilbao. The visitors continue to excite with their overall attitude and general play, scoring goals and proving their return to the Primera Division to be a welcome one for the neutrals.

They are offered at 12/5 (3.40) with Coral for the win while Athletic who are unbeaten at home this season can be backed at 6/5 (2.20). The draw is priced at 11/5 (3.20) with the same firm.

Backing goals in matches involving Villarreal this season has generally been a profitable move, but with over 2.5 goals being offered at 7/10 (1.70), it's not a price which is not sufficiently appealing.

Instead backing Villarreal to net over 0.5 goals in the first half at 13/10 (2.30) looks to be a much more attractive option.

The Yellow Submarine are one of the highest scorers in the division with only the top three netting more so far this season.

They have managed at least one first half goal in five of their last seven matches while Athletic have been regularly conceding.

The Basques have the fifth worst defense in the division, and against an in-form Villarreal attack, there is every chance the will let in one goal in the opening 45 minutes.

Villarreal to score over 0.5 goals first half at 13/10 (2.30) 1.5 points with Coral

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid