Almeria vs Athletic prediction and betting tips on February 12, 2024
The round in Spain traditionally began on Friday. And no less a game day in the Primera will end on Monday, when Almeria will host Athletic. Will “the Basques” have any troubles achieving victory? The expert department of the website has prepared a detailed prediction for the match on February 12, 2024.
Almeria has already become a de facto second division team
“The Red and Whites” became another example of the “second season syndrome”. And it is an obvious one – the team is quite seriously “aiming” at the anti-records of La Liga. It is reasonable to mention that there have been 2 very successful years before. First, the owner, Turki Al-Sheikh, finally managed to satisfy his ambitions – his favourite brainchild made it to the top division of the country. Moreover, the club managed to get enough points to take a saving 17th place after this. It is remarkable that to do this it had to collect as many as 41 points – relegated Valladolid had got only 1 point less! However, Rubi left the coaching position then. And that became fatal: a good successor was never found. Suffice it to remind that now, after 23 rounds, there are not a single win and 6 draws. Speaking about half-dozen previous rounds, only 1 point was taken – that was achieved due to a 0-0 draw in the struggle with Girona.
Athletic will definitely improve its performance; the only question is the power of the changes
“The Basques”, after the return of Ernesto Valverde, lost the confrontation to Osasuna in the previous season. Moreover, the failures were typical for both the Primera (8th place) and the cup tournament (the club was stopped in the semi-finals). This time, the ambitious team is fighting against a less powerful opponent – Atlético. And there is a confrontation with “the Mattress Makers” at the 1/2 stage of the Copa del Rey (Barcelona has been previously knocked out in extra time at San Mames). The first match was won with a 1-0 score in Madrid. The team has noticeably improved its performance in La Liga. It confidently entered the top 5, moreover, it is trying to push one of the grandees out of the quartet of leaders. The end of January was unsuccessful there: a 0-1 misfire in the battle against Valencia and a 0-0 draw in the game with Cadiz. Still, Mallorca was defeated – 4-0.
Previous head-to-head matches
The last time “the Red and Whites” won was back in 2009. After that, “the Basques” played only 1 draw in 11 matches.
Free prediction for the match Almeria vs Athletic on February 12:
Everyone is waiting for the guests to win. At the same time, it is unlikely that they will score that much according to this schedule – thus, we are waiting for “total: under 2.5” (odd: 1.99).