Alaves to face tenth Athletic Bilbao on Friday at San Mames Stadium, with Javier Calleja’s team currently occupying nineteenth place in the League.
Athletic Bilbao’s campaign so far has seen them accrue 10 points this season
Athletic Bilbao’s recent run of poor form will be worrying for manager Marcelino, with a 1-1 draw to Valencia in their last fixture, which followed a defeat to Rayo Vallecano. The Lions will be fired up for this next match, but mustn’t throw caution to the wind.
With four draws in seven meetings, Athletic Bilbao need to develop a strategy for getting over the line in games. With 10 points, they are established in tenth in the League having won two meetings, drawn four fixtures, and lost one game.
When Athletic Bilbao host Alaves, they will do so on the back of one victory and one draw on their own ground.
A victory for Athletic Bilbao would put them on 13 points.
A solid defensive team
It’s an easy statement to make, but to win you simply have to score more goals than your opponent. Athletic Bilbao have been consistently applying this principle, whilst remaining defensively solid as a unit this season, with four goals in their previous games. Athletic Bilbao will be concerned at having only scored six goals so far this season. This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Inigo Martinez (2), Inaki Williams (2), and Dani Vivian (1).
Athletic Bilbao are missing six players through injury or illness. This will affect Marcelino’s selection choices significantly.
Struggling Alaves go to San Mames Stadium on Friday and hope for a positive result
Alaves come to this game on the back of a 1-0 home win against Atletico Madrid at the Estadio de Mendizorroza.
Alaves may not want to consider the prospect of relegation this season, but they are going to have to change their ways if they are to avoid it. They have lost five of six fixtures. They currently sit in nineteenth place, with a total of three points having won one game and lost five games.
Alaves have lost two meetings of their two League matches playing away this season.
A win in this fixture, would take Alaves’s points from 3 to 6, so far this season.
Alaves’s squad will likely be depleted of four of their key players when they start on Friday, due to injury or illness.
Athletic Bilbao v Alaves – Head-to-Heads.
Athletic Bilbao and Alaves have faced each other 24 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Athletic Bilbao’s favour (12 – 6). In addition, Athletic Bilbao have tasted victory in nine of the past 10 fixtures played against Alaves. The last time both teams met in this competition was April 2021 and the score line ended up with a 0-0 draw. In the last fixture between both sides, none of them scored, but the good part is that there have real scoring chances today (44.25% ), as both teams are presumed to go all out in this LaLiga fixture.
Alaves to win – probability = 15.63 percent.