Athletic have only picked up three points from their opening four league matches of the season to sit 19th, while Levante are 18th with the exact same record as their opponents this weekend.
There is no getting away from the fact that it has been a tough start to the campaign for Athletic, with a return of three points from four matches leaving them in 19th position in the division.
Only Real Valladolid have a worse record than the Basque club this season, and the hosts will enter this game off the back of successive 1-0 defeats to Cadiz and Alaves.
Athletic recorded a 2-1 victory at Eibar towards the end of September but have also lost to Granada this term, and there is pressure on head coach Gaizka Garitano to deliver a positive result this weekend.
The eight-time La Liga champions finished 11th in Spain's top flight last season, and it would be fair to say that they are some way from the top-four side that they were in 2013-14.
Indeed, restricted to signing Basque-only players, it was a quiet transfer window for the club, meaning that there is again huge pressure on the likes of Inaki Williams and Iker Muniain to deliver on a consistent basis.
Levante, though, have also struggled for results in the early stages of the 2020-21 campaign, picking up just three points from their opening four fixtures to sit inside the relegation zone.
Paco Lopez's side started their season with a 4-2 loss at Valencia before putting three points on the board courtesy of a 3-1 success at Osasuna.
Levante have lost their last two in the league, though, suffering a 1-0 defeat at Sevilla on October 1 before losing 2-0 at home to the champions Real Madrid just before the international break.
The Frogs finished 12th in La Liga last season, which was their highest placing since 2013-14, but it could be difficult for the club to claim a similar spot this term.
Levante have actually lost each of their last three La Liga matches with Athletic, meanwhile, including a 2-1 defeat in the corresponding game during the 2019-20 campaign.
Athletic Bilbao La Liga form: LWLL
Levante La Liga form: LWLL
There are unlikely to be any changes in attack, though, with Roger Marti again likely to partner Jose Luis Morales, who has scored three times in four league outings this term during an excellent start.
Athletic Bilbao possible starting lineup:
Simon; Capa, Alvarez, Martinez, Balenziaga; D Garcia, Lopez; R Garcia, Muniain, Berenguer; Williams
Levante possible starting lineup:
Fernandez; Miramon, Vezo, Postigo, Clerc; Campana, Melero, Radoja, Rochina; Morales, Marti
We say: Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Levante
Both sides have struggled for results and indeed performances in the early stages of the campaign, and there is no downplaying the importance of this weekend's contest; we are expecting a close game at San Mames but believe that Athletic will just have enough to pick up all three points.
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