Real Betis-Athletic Bilbao Betting Preview: Why the Basques should be backed for victory

After a 23/10 winner in the Copa del Rey last night, our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides explains why Athletic Bilbao can record a win this evening
Things are beginning to seem pretty grim for Real Betis. This side from Seville remain rooted to the bottom of the Primera Division, now five points from safety and without a league win in 11 matches.

Given their current situation, tonight's cup clash with Athletic Bilbao could be viewed in one of two ways; a distraction they could do without or a chance to provide the team with a much needed boost.

The Basques boast an enviable cup heritage and there is little chance of a team as proud as theirs taking this tie anything less than extremely seriously. William Hill offer a home win this evening at 21/10 (3.10) while Athletic can be backed at 23/20 (2.15) and the draw is available at 23/10 (3.30).

Despite the aforementioned proud cup heritage for the hosts the price for an away win is tempting, especially when considering Betis' injury problems. The club confirmed that Paulao, Juan Carlos and Matilla will all be missing for the match with Juan Carlos Garrido likely to have to call up some youth players to bolster the squad.

That is not what you want when your side is in such a precarious position and bereft of all confidence. Athletic, meanwhile, have a strong squad to chose from and barring their weekend Basque derby defeat have been in excellent form winning five of their last eight matches in all competitions.

Athletic Draw No Bet is offered at 6/10 (1.60) which is just too small, so instead be bold and back the Basques to beat Betis at a tempting 23/20 (2.15).

Athletic Bilbao to win at 23/20 (2.15) for a 1.5pt stake with William Hill

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