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Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions & Tips - Struggling clubs meet in the Copa del Rey

26 Jan 2023
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Eddy Tora 26 Jan 2023
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  • Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao predictions for Thursday’s Copa del Rey match
  • The quarter-final is being played at Estadio de Mestalla (19:00 GMT)
  • Valencia have drawn 5 of their last 7 matches against Athletic Bilbao
  • Will we see a winner in Spain?
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Valencia have drawn 5 of their last 7 matches against Athletic Bilbao (Getty)

Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions


Valencia and Athletic Bilbao are playing below their best and struggling to win. I am backing a close match to end in a draw after regulation time.
  • Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Valencia Form
  • Valencia Injuries & Team News
  • Athletic Bilbao Form
  • Athletic Bilbao Injuries & Team News

  • Valencia have won 1 of their last 6 home matches (La Liga).
  • Valencia have drawn 5 of their last 7 matches against Athletic Bilbao.
  • Athletic Bilbao have failed to win in their last 4 matches (La Liga).
  • Athletic Bilbao have drawn 2 of their last 4 matches (La Liga).

Head to Head


Valencia have a 72-67 advantage against Athletic Bilbao with 46 draws in 185 matches.

Valencia Form


Valencia lost two straight matches in La Liga before a penalty shootout defeat to Real Madrid in the Super Cup semi-finals.

Gennaro Gattuso’s side returned to action in the Cope del Rey, a comfortable 4-0 victory at Sporting Gijon with Edinson Cavani bagging a brace.

Valencia are coming off a 2-2 draw against Almeria, Justin Kluivert scoring in his second straight game and José Gayà netting his first of the season.

Valencia Injuries & Team News


Goalkeeper Jaume Doménech, defensive midfielder Nico González and winger Samu Castillejo are injured.

Thierry Correia is doubtful.

Athletic Bilbao Form


Athletic Bilbao have had a great end to the year but have only won once in four matches in 2023.

Ernesto Valverde’s side won 1-0 against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey with Óscar de Marcos netting the winner.

The Basque club are coming off a 2-0 defeat against Real Madrid despite having 1.16-0.95 expected goals.

Athletic Bilbao Injuries & Team News


Centre back Íñigo Martínez remains out but Yeray Alvarez is available after suspension.
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Verdict

Valencia and Athletic Bilbao are finding it hard to win. I am expecting a close game and extra time in the Copa del Rey.

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