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Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions & Tips - Bilbao backed to advance in Copa del Rey

  • Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao predictions for Thursday’s Copa del Rey match
  • The game is being played at 8pm GMT at Estadio Benito Villamarín
  • Athletic Bilbao have won 9 of their last 13 matches against Real Betis
  • I am backing Athletic Bilbao to advance after a draw in regulation time
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Real Betis host Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey (Getty Images)
Eddy Tora 03 Feb 2021
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Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions


Real Betis and Athletic Bilbao are evenly matched with this Copa del Rey clash tipped to go all the way. Bilbao are backed to have more composure and advance to the semi-finals.

  • Real Betis are undefeated in their last 8 matches (all competitions).
  • Athletic Bilbao have won 9 of their last 13 matches against Real Betis (all competitions).
  • Athletic Bilbao are undefeated in 5 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
  • Athletic Bilbao have seen BTTS in their last 7 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head


Athletic Bilbao have a 50-36 advantage against Real Betis with 35 draws in 121 matches. 

Bilbao have won 9 of the last 13 encounters including 4-0 at home in November.

Real Betis Form


Real Betis are sitting 7th in La Liga and within touching distance of the European positions. They have won five of their last seven matches in all competitions.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side won four straight matches before a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad. Betis were 2-0 down in the 85th minute before two late goals to Sergio Canales and Joaquin snatched a point.

Real Betis faced Real Sociedad three days later in the Copa del Rey, this time at home. Canales equalised in the 79th minute with substitute Borja Iglesias scoring twice in extra time to secure a 3-1 victory.

Real Betis’ last match was a 1-0 home win against Osasuna. Cristian Tello assisted Borja Iglesias for the winner in the 79th minute, goalkeeper Joel Robles man of the match after making some key saves.

Real Betis Injuries & Team News


Goalkeepers Claudio Bravo and Dani Martín are injured with Joel Robles to continue in goal.

Centre back Marc Bartra are doubtful with a muscle injury.

Midfielders Víctor Camarasa is out injured, Guido Rodríguez is doubtful but winger Diego Lainez could return after testing positive for COVID-19.

Expect some changes here with Cristian Tello replacing Joaquín on the wing and Borja Iglesias replacing Loren Morón up front.

Sergio Canales is in great form with 7 goals in his last 7 matches in all competitions.

Athletic Bilbao Form


Athletic Bilbao have seen a big upturn in form since Marcelino replaced Gaizka Garitano as manager in early January. The Basque club won the Spanish Super Cup after defeating Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Marcelino’s side suffered a scare at Ibiza in the Copa del Rey. Raul Garcia equalised and Unai Núñez scored the winner in the 90th minute to secure a 2-1 victory.

Athletic Bilbao returned home and recorded a convincing 5-1 win against Getafe in La Liga. They then fell behind for the fourth straight match at Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey, Asier Villalibre and Iñaki Williams scoring to advance with a 2-1 win.

Athletic Bilbao’s last match was a 2-1 defeat at Barcelona. They equalised through an own goal but couldn’t match the Catalans at Camp Nou.

Athletic Bilbao Injuries & Team News


Athletic Bilbao centre-back Peru Nolaskoain remains out injured.

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Verdict

Real Betis and Athletic Bilbao are evenly matched with this one set to go to extra time. Bilbao have been taking on stronger opposition in recent weeks and can progress.

Best Bet: Athletic Bilbao To Qualify @110.00 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Draw Full Time Result @230.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @500.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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