Espanyol - Athletic Bilbao Betting Preview: Why a game full of goals looks likely

With a history of being a high-scoring fixture and both sides seeing lots of goals in their games so far, Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides is backing at least three to be scored
Sunday's early kick-off in the Spanish top flight sees the meeting of two sides badly in need of victory.

Espanyol go into into the weekend joint bottom of the table having lost all three of their matches played so far; their last game seeing them somehow surrender a 2-0 lead away to ten men Levante to lose 3-2. Morale, it is fair to say, is not at its highest ebb at the Cornella El Prat.

Neither are Athletic overwhelmed with confidence, with the Basques having lost two of their three matches
not to mention their influential captain Javi Martinez to Bayern Munich.

Both sides are struggling then, and the potential of a draw which would not be seen as a bad result for either outfit, looks high with Panbet offering odds of 49/20 (3.45) on the stalemate.

The history books however tell a different story and point heavily towards an Espanyol win. The side from Barcelona have won each of the last six league encounters at home against the Basques and are unbeaten in their own back yard against Athletic since 1998.

Another victory can be backed at 31/25 (2.24) while Athletic are offered at 49/20 (3.45) to end their terrible run in Catalonia.

Yet the bet for the game has to be to back goals, with over 2.5 offered at the excellent price of 97/100 (1.97).

This bet has paid out in all three of Espanyol's games so far this season, with the Catalans looking as sharp in front of goal as they have done shaky at the back.

With their Europa League qualifiers, Athletic have already played seven matches this season, six of those seeing over 2.5 goals, with the only exception being their last match against Valladolid, a 2-0 win.

This bet has paid out in each one of the last four matches between the two sides, and despite the teams lacking form coming into the contest, this seems a game that is destined to see goals.

For a value bet try backing both teams to score in the first half at 59/20 (3.95), this bet has paid out in two of the last three meetings, and with Espanyol scoring in the first half of all of their matches this season and Athletic's attacking prowess well documented, there is every chance it will prove to be a correct selection once again.

Over 2.5 goals at 97/100 (1.97) with Panbet
Both teams to score in the first half at 59/20 (3.95) with Panbet

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.