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Athletic Bilbao vs Mallorca Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
4 April 2024, 10:52

In the final of this draw of Copa del Rey, Athletic Bilbao will meet with Mallorca, an unexpected finalist given that the team was never among the favourites and its La Liga performance is also not impressive. Nevertheless, the teams will meet at La Cartuja in Seville to determine the winner of the Spanish cup this season. The teams are in different conditions - Athletic, despite losing to Real Madrid in the weekend, is among the best performing teams in 2024, while Mallorca, having a comfortable advantage over relegation zone in La Liga, evidently finishes this season.

Athletic Bilbao vs Mallorca Preview 

Athletic Bilbao Preview

Athletic shows very mature game this season and fights for the top 3 in La Liga. In the Copa del Rey, the team’s run was also more than impressive, with the Basques having beaten Alaves (2-0), Barcelona (4-2, after extra time), and Atletico Madrid (1-0, 3-0). In the last two rounds, Williams brothers were flying high, first scoring 2 goals in the very end of the match against Barcelona (105+2 and 120+1 minutes), and deciding the second match against Atletico (Iñaki scored in the 13th minute, Nico in the 42th). In this part of the season, Athletic can be rightfully considered as a favourite of the upcoming match, given that the team lost only twice in the last 12 matches, with the last match lost against the likely La Liga champion - Real Madrid.

Mallorca Preview 

Mallorca had an easier road to the final which the team managed to cope with a mix of luck and patience. Mallorca passed through Tenerife (scored at 120th minute), Girona (3-2), and Real Sociedad (won by penalties). Perhaps the best segment in all these games was the first 30 minutes of the match against Girona, when the team scored three goals and its pressing was on the top level. In other matches, Mallorca was lucky to save the day and if not Mikel Oyarzabal missed a penalty, the final pair of this Copa del Rey draw could have been different. At the same time, Mallorca has no pressing issues left in La Liga, which allows the team to fully concentrate on the final match, testing their luck one last time. It will be the fourth appearance of the team in the finale, with Mallorca losing it in 1999 and 2001, and having one Copa del Rey triumph in 2003.

Betting Tips for Athletic Bilbao vs Mallorca

Athletic Bilbao to Win

In almost all aspects of the pre match analysis, Athletic looks better than Mallorca. In its current condition, the team is able to compete on the highest level and aims to participate in the Champions League next season. Mallorca, despite putting in all the efforts of the remainder of the season, is inferior to the Basques, given its weak game and sometimes lucky situations that allowed the club to reach the final. Unibet gives 1.72 for this Athletic Bilbao vs Mallorca prediction.

Total Goals Under 2.5

Both of the teams prefer not to engage in shootouts, rather finishing matches with 1-2 margins. In the case of Athletic, the team slows down after getting an advantage, which was evident in recent matches against Alaves and Las Palmas, in order to save the needed energy during the tight schedule. Mallorca, given its struggles with attacking play, also prefers to defend their advantage, and for the 6 consecutive matches, the team’s games did not see more than two goals. Given the importance of the match, there will hardly be a goal spectacle. Athletic Bilbao vs Mallorca odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.62.

Athletic Bilbao Total Corners Over 4.5 

Athletic prefers to play in dominant fashion and it suits well Mallorca as well, given that the team prefers to play on counter attacks. Athletic has an average of 5.4 corners per game in the framework of La Liga, while in Copa del Rey these statistics are slightly higher, with 5.6 corners per match. Given that Mallorca will likely close in front of its own net, Athletic will most likely have a lot of corners. Unibet gives 1.52 for this Athletic Bilbao vs Mallorca tıp.

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