Match date: 03 Jan 2016
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Spanish Football
| Stake: 6/10
| Pick: 1 (-1 AH)
| Match result:
2-2 - Lost
Athletic Bilbao welcoming Las Palmas in 18th round of Spanish Primera. Bilbao is coming here after narrow victory over Celta Vigo in previous round while before that achieved victory over Levante. They are currently at 7th position at the table, so far they achieved 8 victories, got three draws and suffered six defeats. They can be satisfied with results so far, they managed to reach Europa league knockout stage as first placed team in group L. Athletic Bilbao is in good shape, four out of six their defeats in Primera were on the road while at home suffered defeats only against Real Madrid and Barcelona, and now will for sure give their best to achieve another positive outcome in front of their fans. In previous 17 rounds they showed good attacking skills and scored 25 goals while conceded 18. Bilbao had played in variable form on start of this campaign but now in last 17 matches in all competitions suffered only two defeats and for sure will go for a victory here in order to achieve another positive outcome and maybe reach higher positions. As for absent players, attacking midfielder Ibai Gomez (6/0) will miss this match due to an injury, defender Aymeric Laporte (19/2) and midfielder Benat (20/2) are suspended while attacking midfielder Markel Susaeta is having problems with slight injury and his appearance is in doubt.
Las Palmas on the other side currently occupies 16th position at the table with only 16 points from previous 17 rounds, they have only two points more than first team in relegation zone and must improve their form. They are coming here after convincing victory over Granada at home 4:1 while before that suffered narrow defeat against Espanyol away from home. Las Palmas is playing in variable form and struggling to find consistency but as newcomers into Spanish Primera they are satisfied with results and their main goal is to stay out of relegation zone and keep their Primera status for the next season. This is their first duel against Bilbao after 14 years, in that last match they suffered defeat 3:1, and judging by their form it will be very hard to set up different outcome. Las Palmas must try to improve their goal scoring skills in order to reach higher positions and safer zone, so far they managed to score only 16 goals while conceded 24. Las Palmas will for sure give their best to stay at least undefeated here but to achieve that must play on very high level. Defenders Angel, Pedro Bigas (13/0), Antolin Alcaraz (6/1) and midfielder Javi Castellano (1/0) will stay out of action due to injuries, defensive midfielder Roque (17/1) is suspended while forward Wilian Jose (12/1) and midfielder Hernan (13/1) are having problems with minor injuries and their appearances are questionable.
Athletic Bilbao is in good shape, so far they achieved decent results, now are favorites for sure give their best to achieve another positive outcome while Las Palmas is struggling to earn some points, they are playing in variable form but still are out of the relegation zone and now are hoping that maybe can earn some points here, but i expect that hosts will achieve convincing victory here.