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Jonathan Cordingley 29th Mar 2010 - 16:14

All to play for-Monday night La Liga

At this stage of the season the "who needs it more" factor comes into play, but will Athletic (10/11) prove to be too strong for Racing (3/1) at San Mames this evening?

Most likely yes, but a win for 16th placed Racing would give the relegation threatened outfit a nine point gap between there selves and 18th placed Tenerife.

With their main goal being nothing more than avoiding relegation, Athletic currently occupy 6th position and have therefore over achieved. Finishing in that position would give the Basque giants a Europa league berth, but a Champions league qualifying spot is not out of the question as a win tonight would leave Athletic only two points behind fourth placed Mallorca.

Llorente (4/1 to score first, 11/10 anytime) and Toquero (11/2 to score first, 6/4 anytime) are key to Athletic's direct style of play, and their physicality should prove to be too much for Racing's defence to handle.

However, Racing are strangely far better away from home than they are at El Sardinero, with five wins, five draws and four defeats making up their record on the road.

Racing also have several players who could prove to be useful on the counter attack, with the pace of Mohammed Tchite (8/1 first scorer, 9/4 anytime) perhaps the biggest threat to Athletic's defence.

In past history it's worth noting that, at San Mames, three of the last four meetings between the two have ended in goalless draws (0-0 is 9/1 today, while the draw is 12/5).

Despite this statistic I expect Athletic to win a low scoring match with Llorente getting on the score sheet.

I'm going to have a small punt on the match x goals market, with an Athletic win and under 2.5 goals my choice (14/5).

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