S
SEARCH
M
SW
Monday, April 12
Collect News Data
Apr 10, 2021 at 3.15pm UK
Athletic BilbaoAthletic Bilbao
0-0
AlavesAlaves

Vesga (2'), Capa (90+1')
FT

Lejeune (46'), Garcia (90+2')

Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs. Alaves - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs. Alaves - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Athletic Bilbao and Alaves, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Sports Mole

Following the sacking of Abelardo this week, new Alaves boss Javi Calleja will preside over his first La Liga game at the helm of the club when they face their Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao at San Memes on Saturday.

Athletic come into this game with one eye on their Copa del Rey final against Barcelona next weekend; the club lost the 2020 final last weekend when Real Sociedad bested them 1-0 in a heated contest.


Match preview

In spite of the very real possibility that Athletic could lose two Copa del Rey finals in one season, the club have become a stoic, dogged force under Marcelino's leadership and recent results have been good for the Basque heavyweights.

Cup woes aside, Marcelino's men have lost just one top-flight game in their last nine outings, picking up six draws along the way.

Against Real Sociedad in La Liga during midweek, 10th-placed Athletic narrowly missed out on immediate revenge, with Imanol Alguacil's side fighting back to draw level in the dying stages of a dramatic 1-1 draw.

Marcelino has won three of his four top-flight games as a manager against Alaves, a personal exploit he will hope to sustain during this weekend's clash.

Alex Berenguer has become a key man for Marcelino, having been involved in four goals in his last six league appearances at San Mames.

Alaves opted for one last roll of the dice this week, as manager Abelardo, who was appointed just months ago to replace Pablo Machin, was given his marching orders.

Any remaining hope Alaves have of securing La Liga survival now rests upon the shoulders of Calleja, who was given a short-term contract this week.

The former Villarreal boss' baptism of fire begins this weekend before 20th-placed Alaves take on Villarreal and Valencia in the coming weeks. Crucial must-win games against Huesca, Eibar and Elche will no doubt determine whether the Basque club have what it takes to retain their La Liga credentials.

Alaves have gone winless in their last seven games, scoring six goals and conceding 18 during that time.

Calleja certainly has his work cut out for him if he is serious about taking on Athletic this weekend.

Athletic Bilbao La Liga form:
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • D

Athletic Bilbao form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • D

Alaves La Liga form:
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L

Team News

Time will tell how Calleja will go about organising his starting 11, but it is unlikely that the new boss will make any big changes to the side.

Absentees for Alaves include Facundo Pellistri, Abdel Abqar and Rodrigo Ely.

Following a busy week for Athletic, Marcelino may well opt to rotate a few players or tinker with the side during the 90 minutes.

Yeray Alvarez (groin injury) and Yuri Berchiche (hamstring injury) will likely miss out on this tie.

Athletic Bilbao possible starting lineup:
Simon; De Marcos, Nunez, Martinez, Capa; Alex Berenguer, Vencedor, Garcia, Muniain; Villalibre, Williams

Alaves possible starting lineup:
Pacheco; Navarro, Laguardia, Lejeune, Duarte; Mendez, Battaglia, Pina, Rioja; Jota, Joselu


We say: Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Alaves

With a favourable run-in compared to their relegation rivals, Alaves stand a good chance of avoiding the drop, but we do not think a great escape will begin this weekend. Athletic are a much better side and they should comfortably pick up three points on Saturday.



Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting a double chance bet on a home win or an away win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Home/Away:data



body check tags ::

amp_article__442355 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2021-04-08 17:59:10:
html db last update - 2021-04-08 17:26:23 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html
Read more!

This page is available in multiple languages
Share this article now:

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
La Liga Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atletico MadridAtletico30207352203267
2Real Madrid30206453242966
3Barcelona30205569264365
4Sevilla30184842241858
5Real Sociedad301211747311647
6Real Betis30145114043-347
7Villarreal301113643331046
8Celta Vigo301010104146-540
9Granada30116133650-1439
10Levante30911103739-238
11Athletic Bilbao30910113933637
12CadizCadiz3098132745-1835
13Valencia30810123742-534
14Osasuna30810122536-1134
15Getafe3079142234-1230
16Huesca30512133145-1427
17Real Valladolid30512132741-1427
18ElcheElche30511142746-1926
19AlavesAlaves3059162447-2324
20EibarEibar30411152236-1423
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City32235467234474
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd31189461342763
3Leicester CityLeicester31175955371856
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham31167851391255
5Chelsea31159750311954
6Liverpool31157953371652
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs311471052351749
8Everton30146104138348
9Arsenal31136124335845
10Leeds UnitedLeeds31143144949045
11Aston Villa301351243331044
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves31108133141-1038
13Crystal Palace31108133352-1938
14Southampton31106153956-1736
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton31712123338-533
16Burnley3189142542-1733
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3188153251-1932
18Fulham32511162442-1826
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom3159172859-3124
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd3142251755-3814
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.