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The La Liga game at Estadio Mendizorrotza on Sunday will see home side Alaves playing against Athletic Bilbao.
All Alaves v Athletic Bilbao match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below (including the best match odds).
Alaves go into this fixture coming off the back of a 1-1 La Liga drawn game against Real Sociedad.
In that match, Alaves managed 35% possession and 19 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. The only player to score for Alaves was Joselu (58'). At the other end, Real Sociedad got 9 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Adnan Januzaj (14') was the scorer for Real Sociedad.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games that Alaves haven’t conceded. The facts show that Alaves have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 13 goals along the way. We will have to find out whether or not that trend will end up being continued on in this game.
Looking at their past form shows that Alaves:
- have not won against Athletic Bilbao in their previous 2 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their last 2 home league matches.
- are without a home win in the past 3 league games.
Athletic Bilbao head into the match following on from a 0-2 Copa del Rey win against Atlético Mancha Real in their last match.
In that match, Athletic Bilbao managed 54% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 5 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Athletic Bilbao was Nico Williams (20', 43'). Atlético Mancha Real had 5 shots on goal with 3 on target.
Marcelino García Toral's Athletic Bilbao have turned their attacks into goals 9 times in the course of their previous six matches. The total of goals that they have conceded during those same clashes adds up to 6.
Pre-game facts show that Athletic Bilbao:
- are winless against Alaves when having played them away from home in the previous 6 league games. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head meetings going back to 27/04/2019, neither club has come out on top overall with Alaves winning 2 of those games, Athletic Bilbao 2 and 2 being drawn after 90 minutes of play.
A combined sum of 9 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 4 from Babazorros and 5 belonging to Los Leones. The average goals per game has been 1.5.
The last league encounter between these clubs was La Liga match day 8 on 01/10/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Alaves.
That day, Athletic Bilbao had 56% possession and 15 attempts on goal with 5 on target. The scorer was Raúl García (44').
Alaves got 16 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Carlos Del Cerro Grande.
Team News: Alaves
The Alaves manager José Mendilibar will be thankful to have no fitness worries at all coming into this clash with a fully injury-free group to pick from.
It’s our opinion that Babazorros may well use a 4-4-2 system for the game and select Fernando Pacheco, Ivan Martin, Florian Lejeune, Victor Laguardia, Ruben Duarte, Edgar Mendez, Manu Garcia, Antonio Moya, Luis Rioja, Miguel de la Fuente and John Guidetti.
Team News: Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelino García Toral has a number of players out of action. Unai Núñez (Calf Injury), Ander Capa (Hip Injury), Asier Villalibre (Hamstring Injury) and Yuri Berchiche (Fitness) are not ready for selection.
It’s our belief that Los Leones seem likely to make use of a 4-4-2 lineup, settling for Unai Simon, Oscar de Marcos, Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Mikel Balenziaga, Alex Berenguer, Unai Vencedor, Dani Garcia, Iker Muniain, Inaki Williams and Oihan Sancet.
We feel that over the course of the game, Alaves might well have a job on their hands to see themselves scoring against this Athletic Bilbao lineup who we think should get a goal themselves and run out victorious.
We’re going for a very even contest with a 0-1 winning score for Athletic Bilbao at full-time.
Let’s see what happens.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Mendizorrotza (19,840)
Captain: Víctor Laguardia
Chairman: Alfonso Fernández
Manager: José Mendilibar
Competitions: La Liga position 18
⭐ Star Player: Joselu
Normally playing in the Striker position, Joselu was born in Stuttgart, Germany. Having made his senior debut playing for Celta Vigo in the 2008 - 2009 season, the talented Forward has struck 10 league goals in the LaLiga 2021 - 2022 campaign so far coming from a total of 19 appearances.