In the next round of the reformed Copa del Rey, the first game of the round of 16 is on the program on Tuesday evening – when second division side CD Tenerife receives Athletic Bilbao.
Tenerife vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Odds and Predictions
The islanders, like all subclass teams, have home rights in the cup until the semi-finals – the only round to be played in the first and second leg. As is well known, that home right can be the deciding factor in a game – quite a few first division teams have recently felt this.
Tenerife pays off a lot, after all, they already knocked out first division club Real Valladolid in the third round and won 2-1 at home to Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López against Pucela.
Athletic Bilbao would almost have been eliminated in the previous round, the Basques were really lucky in their advance against FC Elche (5: 4 after a penalty shoot-out) – Los Leones were already 1: 3 behind in the penalty shoot-out, a penalty away from the cup knockout But the second division club from Elche failed bitterly because of his nerves.
A tight game could develop, because as the saying goes: “The cup has its own laws.” According to current odds, the bookmakers see the guests in the cup game between Tenerife and Athletic Bilbao as clear favorites.
Tenerife – Statistics & current form
The coup in the cup against Valladolid will certainly have done Tenerife good, since it distracts from the everyday worries in the Segunda Division. Because here the team from the Canary Islands only ranks 18th in the table, one place and one point away from the relegation places.
Last weekend there was a 0-0 in the ‘derbi canario’ between Las Palmas and Tenerife – a result with which Tenerife could live very well, because the guests were outnumbered for a whole 70 minutes.
The team of ex-Valencia midfielder Ruben Baraja got an important away counter in the fight against relegation. Tenerife coach Baraja had taken over the Blanquiazules on match day 19, his record has been mixed so far – in seven league games the former midfield strategist has managed two wins in two draws and three defeats as the island’s training manager.
Baraja had followed Aritz Lopez Garai, who had been released after eight games without a win.
Interesting though: At home, Tenerife is still unbeaten under Baraja – the record here is 3-1-0, if you count in the cup triumph against Valladolid.
Therefore, in the Copa del Rey duel between Tenerife and Athletic Bilbao, we think the prediction of a home win is interesting.
Probable lineups of Tenerife:
➤ Hernandez – Perez, Ruiz, Jimenez, Muñoz – Suso, Milla, Sanz, Nahuel – Joselu, Gomez
Last games from Tenerife:
⚽️ 01/25/2020 – Las Palmas vs. Tenerife 0-0 (Segunda Division)
⚽️ 01/22/2020 – Tenerife vs. Valladolid 2-1 (Copa del Rey)
⚽️ January 19, 2020 – Tenerife vs. Girona 1-0 (Segunda Division)
⚽️ Jan 15, 2020 – Huesca vs. Tenerife 2-1 (Segunda Division)
⚽️ 01/11/2020 – Rayo Majadahonda vs. Tenerife 1: 1 (Copa del Rey)
Athletic Bilbao – Statistics & current form
Athletic Bilbao are the Remise Kings of the Primera Division. Los Leones have played ten draws this season, with no team showing more points (Osasuna and Valladolid are tied with ten draws, too).
Most recently, the Basques actually did the trick five times in a row. The results read mesmerizing: 0: 0, 0: 0, 1: 1, 1: 1, 1: 1.
Considering that their cup game in Elche was also a penalty shootout, there were even six games in a row that found no winner after 90 minutes.
Therefore, we bet between Tenerife and Athletic Bilbao that this game also ends after a 90 minute draw – so it goes into extra time.
The many draws show that the Basques have serious problems scoring goals, especially abroad. Overall, Bilbao scored only 22 goals in 21 league games, so far only eight goals in opposing stadiums – with only a measly away win.
The weakness away from home paired with the harmlessness in attack are the main problems of coach Gaizka Garitano. Absent the injured striker Aritz Aduritz, Raul Garcia, actually an attacking midfielder, is the most accurate player with six goals. The lightning-fast Iñaki Williams, actually the main attraction in attack, only manages four goals. Not enough for the European demands in La Liga, which is why Bilbao is currently only in 9th place.
We therefore venture against Tenerife against Athletic Bilbao that few goals will be scored, so we go under with over / under 2.5.
Probable lineups of Athletic Bilbao:
➤ Simon – Capa, Alvarez, Martinez, Berchiche – Etxebarria, Lopez, Gomez,, Garcia, Munian – Williams
Last games from Athletic Bilbao:
⚽️ 01/25/2020 – Espanyol Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao 1-1 (La Liga)
⚽️ 01/22/2020 – Elche vs. Athletic Bilbao 1-1 (Copa del Rey)
⚽️ January 19, 2020 – Athletic Bilbao vs. Celta Vigo 1-1 (La Liga)
⚽️ 01/11/2020 – Sestao River vs. Athletic Bilbao 0: 4 (Copa del Rey)
⚽️ 01/03/2020 – Sevilla vs. Athletic Bilbao 1-1 (La Liga)
Tenerife vs Athletic Bilbao Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
It is the first meeting of these two teams in the Copa del Rey. In La Liga, Tenerife and Athletic Bilbao have met 26 times so far. The last match was in 2010, when Tenerife played for the first time in Spain’s first division.
Of these 26 games, Bilbao won 13, with five draws and eight wins for Tenerife.
Tenerife vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Odds and Predictions
Athletic Bilbao has traditionally been a cup team. The Basques are the record number FC Barcelona champions (30 Copa titles) with 23 cup wins. There are also 14 second places, making a total of 37 final appearances – an impressive record.
Only Barcelona and Real Madrid were in the Copa del Rey final more often. This shows that Los Leones traditionally take this competition very seriously and can always count on it.
Tenerife vs Athletic Bilbao Betting odds comparison – Copa del Rey 2020
🔺 Betting Prediction: Tenerife
🔺 Betting Odds: 5.10
🔺 Betting Prediction: Draw
🔺 Betting odds: 3.80
🔺 Betting Prediction: Athletic Bilbao
🔺 Betting Odds: 1.82
Key facts – Tenerife vs Athletic Bilbao tips
🔻Tenerife eliminated a first division team in the third cup round
🔻 Bilbao has played all 5 draws in the last 5 games
🔻 Under Coach Baraja, Tenerife is undefeated at home
It is therefore no wonder that in the duel between Tenerife and Athletic Bilbao the preferred tip is to go ahead with Bilbao the first division team is naturally the favorite in terms of status in this encounter.
But away weakness, the harmlessness in front of the goal and Tenerife’s record last cause us to choose the odds for extra time against Tenerife against Athletic Bilbao. And then of course everything is possible, including another coup by the second division team. If the nerves should keep on the penalty shootout.
🔺 Competition: Copa del Rey
🔺 Date: January 28, 2020
🔺 Betting Prediction: X
🔺 Betting Odds: 3.8
🔺 Stake: 3/10 units