Athletic Bilbao vs RCD Espanyol.
As a potential six-match unbeaten streak in all competitions came to an end in the Basque derby against Real Sociedad, Ernesto Valverde's team had been in decent form recently. The host team had been on the edge of finishing in the top six in La Liga during their recent strong run of play, but they are currently two points outside of the European spots.
As they have stopped 5 of their previous seven opponents from scoring in all games, Athletic have become a difficult team to score against recently. In recent Copa del Rey matches, The Boys from Bilbao have had a respectable record. The fight against Alzira, Sestao River, and Eldense has now seen them win three times in a row.
The Catalan squad is now just one point above the relegation zone in the Spanish top flight, so it appears that the visitors will be involved in the battle for survival in La Liga. Diego Martinez's club has a six-game unbeaten streak across all competitions despite being in a precarious situation in La Liga.
In Espanyol's last four competitive games, despite the fact that not all of them have been high-scoring affairs recently, both teams have scored. They have at least two goals in consecutive games. By defeating Rincon, Atletico Paso, and Celta Vigo, the visitors have advanced to the Copa del Rey's round of 16. But to get rid of the latter, they needed more time.
For this prediction: RCD Espanyol to win this match or a draw.
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