Copa del Rey Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs. Mallorca

by Punter's Hero on January 18, 2012

in Football, Latest News

We are just a couple of hours away from the first leg match in the Copa del Rey quarter final featuring Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Mallorca.

Athletic Bilbao has been on fire lately and in their latest game they managed to beat Levante with 3-0. After that win they are now in 5th place in the Spanish La Liga which means they have a realistic chance of making it to the Champions League next year.

Mallorca on the other hand are really struggling in the league and they are found further down the table in 16th place where they are risking relegation if they don’t get their act together soon.

Since this is the first leg of the quarter final I have a feeling Mallorca will focus on keeping this a low scoring game to keeo the hopes alive for the second leg meeting. The outcome of this match depends on Athletic Bilbao’s willingness to advance in Copa del Rey now that they are doing so well in La Liga. If they are determined to go to the semi finals I think we will see Bilbao winning by 2-3 goals here.

The Odds

Athletic Bilbao – 1.53

Draw – 3.80

Real Mallorca – 6.50

All odds can be found on the Bet365.com website where you will also be able to watch the game via live stream.

My Predictions

Even though it would make sense for Bilbao to focus on the league games I don’t think they are ready to give up a potential place in the finals of Copa del Ray so I am going to go with an Athletic Bilbao win here.

Final Score: 3-1

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