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The La Liga tie at Estadio San Mamés on Saturday will see home team Athletic Bilbao do battle with Alaves.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Athletic Bilbao v Alaves are shown below including the latest game odds.
Athletic Bilbao go into this match following a 1-1 La Liga drawn match against Real Sociedad.
In that match, Athletic Bilbao had 49% possession and 11 shots at goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Athletic Bilbao was Villalibre (85'). On the other side, Real Sociedad had 12 shots at goal with 2 on target. Roberto López (89') scored for Real Sociedad.
It’s not been often in recent times that Athletic Bilbao have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Los Leones have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 6 goals on the way. Such a pattern won’t necessarily follow through here, though.
Pre-game facts show that Athletic Bilbao:
- have not won against Alaves in their previous 2 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their previous 5 home league matches.
Since being defeated in their last game at the hands of Celta Vigo in La Liga action, Alaves will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, Alaves managed 53% possession and 18 attempts at goal with 7 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Alaves was Florian Lejeune (86'). Celta de Vigo had 8 shots on goal with 6 on target. Nolito (8'), Iago Aspas (14') and Santi Mina (20') scored for Celta Vigo.
The stats tell the story, and Alaves have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 13 goals in total. In defence, Babazorros can certainly do much better.
Analysis of their past results shows that Alaves:
- haven't won against Athletic Bilbao when having played them away from home in the previous 4 matches in the league. Not good at all.
- have not won away from home in their last 9 league matches. Their travelling support will be needed here, for sure.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head clashes going back to 12/05/2018 shows us that Athletic Bilbao have won 1 of these games and Alaves 3, with the tally of draws being 2.
A sum of 12 goals were produced between them in this period, with 5 of them for Los Leones and 7 for Babazorros. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.
The previous league meeting between the two was La Liga match day 5 on 04/10/2020 when it finished Alaves 1-0 Athletic Bilbao.
That day, Alaves managed 41% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Rodrigo Ely (74').
Athletic Bilbao had 7 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target.
The referee was José María Sánchez Martínez.
Team News: Athletic Bilbao
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just a single fitness concern for the Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelino García Toral to contend with from of an almost fully healthy group of players. Peru Nolaskoain (Ankle Injury) will miss out.
Team News: Alaves
Due to a completely injury-free squad available for selection, Alaves manager Abelardo Fernández doesn’t have any fitness concerns to report coming into this match.
We believe that Alaves will surely be able to score against this Athletic Bilbao outfit, although it possibly won’t quite be enough to avoid a loss.
We think that it’s going to be both teams to score in a 2-1 win for Athletic Bilbao after 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio San Mamés (53,289)
Captain: Iker Muniain
Chairman: Aitor Elizegi
Manager: Marcelino García Toral
Competitions: La Liga position 10, Copa del Rey (Final), Supercopa (Final)
🔑 Star Man: Iker Muniain
Mostly deployed in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Iker Muniain was born in Iruñea, Spain. After making a first senior appearance for Athletic Bilbao in the 2009 - 2010 season, the gifted Midfielder has got 5 league goals in this LaLiga 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 26 appearances.