Athletic Bilbao take on Villarreal at Los Leones’ new San Mames stadium and with bwin’s money back special all losing correct score, first goalscorer, to score two or more and to score three or more bets will be refunded if Iker Munian finds the net at any time for the Basque side.
Munian was outstanding in Athletic’s Europa League last-16 win over Man Utd two seasons back, scoring their vital third goal in the first leg at Old Trafford and after a lean 2012/13 campaign the 20-year-old has already chipped in with a goal and an assist this term.
However, teammate Oscar De Marcos has kicked on from a six-goal campaign last season, which was impressive considering he was often employed in a defensive role and he is the pick to score the first goal here at 19/2.
Athletic are 6/5 to win the match, with Villarreal 11/5 to take three points back to El Madrigal and the draw 23/10.
Despite not starting regularly the 24-year-old’s tally of three La Liga goals makes him the club’s leading scorer this term.
De Marcos – who can play in a number of positions and started his career in defence – has forced his way into Ernesto Valverde’s first team having started the season on the sidelines at San Mames.
His goal after coming off the bench sealed the win against Osasuna in Athletic’s first home game of the season and De Marcos also popped up with a 73rd-minute equaliser three minutes after entering proceedings against Real Betis last month in a game his team went on to win.
Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz was dropped against Valencia last time out after failing to score in six starts this term.
The 32-year-old – who re-signed for Los Leones in summer 2012 from Valencia – scored 14 goals in La Liga last season, but has not yet found the back of the net in any competition in 2013/14 and was dropped for his side’s last game at home to his former club.
De Marcos, Munian and Ander Herrera were charged with goal-getting responsibilities against Los Che and although Aduriz came on for the latter at half-time, he cannot be backed with any confidence at 9/2 favourite in this market in such bad form and under pressure for his place.
Villarreal have drawn blanks in their last two away games.
The Yellow Submarine are back in the Champions League places in the Spanish top flight just a few short months after being promoted, but after impressing on the road early on in the season they have failed to score an away goal since the end of August.
One point from their last two away matches against bottom-half strugglers Celta Vigo and Real Betis does not bode well going into the game in Bilbao, as the hosts 1-1 draw against Valencia is the only time they have dropped points at home in this campaign.