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Athletic Bilbao arrive at The Estadio Mendizorrotza on Friday for the La Liga fixture with hosts Alaves.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Alaves v Athletic Bilbao, scroll down including the latest game odds.
Alaves will be looking for an improved result here following the 2-0 La Liga losing effort in their last game against Rayo Vallecano.
In that match, Alaves managed 48% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target. For their opponents, Rayo Vallecano got 20 attempts on goal with 11 on target. Isi Palazón (43') and Jorge de Frutos (82') scored for Rayo Vallecano.
Under three goals per match were recorded in 5 of the last 6 fixtures where Alaves have been participants. Regarding the goal attribution during that period, opposition teams scored an aggregate of 7 while Alaves totted up 6. That aside, time will tell whether that trend will continue on in this next game or not.
Leading up to this clash, Alaves:
- have not emerged victorious against Athletic Bilbao in their previous 3 league games.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 13 home league matches. What a fortress they have created.
Athletic Bilbao will go into this clash following a 3-0 La Liga win as they beat Cádiz in their last game.
In that game, Athletic Bilbao had 66% possession and 20 shots at goal with 9 of them on target. For Athletic Bilbao, goals were scored by Gorka Guruzeta (66'), Villalibre (68') and Iñaki Williams (90'). For their opponents, Cadiz had 5 shots at goal with 4 of them on target.
Ernesto Valverde's Athletic Bilbao have turned their attacks into goals 10 times throughout their latest six matches. The aggregate of goals that they have conceded during those same matches equals 5.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Athletic Bilbao:
- haven't beaten Alaves when they've played them away from home in the last 7 league games. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are undefeated in their previous 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head meetings dating back to 22/09/2019, 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 total of 7 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 3 of them for Babazorros and 4 for Los Leones. That’s an average goals per game of 1.17.
The last league game featuring these sides was La Liga match day 20 on 09/01/2022 which finished with the scoreline of Alaves 0-0 Athletic Bilbao.
That day, Alaves managed 42% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target.
Athletic Bilbao got 10 shots on goal with 2 of them on target.
The referee was Santiago Jaime Latre.
Team News: Alaves
The Alaves manager Luis García Plaza has no fitness concerns to speak of before this clash owing to a completely injury-free group to choose from.
It’s our opinion that Babazorros should opt for a 4-3-3 system for this game featuring Antonio Sivera, Andoni Gorosabel, Rafa Marin, Aleksandar Sedlar, Ruben Duarte, Ander Guevara, Antonio Blanco, Jon Guridi, Alex Sola, Kike Garcia and Luis Rioja.
Team News: Athletic Bilbao
Thanks to a largely healthy squad, there’s only the lone fitness worry for the Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde to be concerned about. Nico Williams (Tear in the abductor muscle) won’t be playing here.
We believe Los Leones seem likely to make use of a 4-2-3-1 lineup, giving starts to Unai Simon, Oscar de Marcos, Yeray Alvarez, Daniel Vivian, Yuri Berchiche, I. Ruiz de, Mikel Vesga, Inaki Williams, Oihan Sancet, Alex Berenguer and Gorka Guruzeta.
We’re of the view that Alaves will have to work hard as a team to get anything against this Athletic Bilbao outfit who we think will do enough to score at the other end and edge ahead.
That’s why our selection here is for a narrow 0-1 winning score for Athletic Bilbao at the end of the 90.
We’ll see what happens.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The Estadio Mendizorrotza (19,840)
Captain: Luis Rioja
Chairman: Alfonso Fernández
Manager: Luis García Plaza
Competitions: La Liga position 12
🔑 Star Player: Kike García
Mostly playing in the Striker position, Kike García was born in Motilla de Palancar, Spain. Having made a first senior appearance for Real Murcia in the 2008 - 2009 season, the accomplished Forward has accumulated 2 league goals in this LaLiga 2023 - 2024 campaign to date coming from a total of 5 appearances.