Athletic Bilbao (@1.66) vs Alaves (@6.5)

Our Prediction:

Athletic Bilbao will win

Athletic Bilbao – Alaves Match Prediction | 23-09-2019 12:30

San Mames Barria will host a small Basque derby between Athletic Club and Deportivo Alaves. Athletic Club aim to extend their unbeaten run in the 2019/2020 La Liga campaign and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their fourth clean sheet of the season. The Lions are a real force to be reckoned with at home and given Deportivo Alaves poor performance in a 1-0 loss to Sevilla, we are tempted to put our money on Inaki Williams and Co.

They may even think they can climb a place higher than 7th which would be a huge bonus as it would most likely see them straight into the group stages of the Europa League rather than the 2nd Qualifying Round. They still have one or two injuries to contend with here but Gaizka Garitano is boosted by the return of Raul Garcia from suspension which adds to his midfield options. Victory for the hosts would all but guarantee European football, a remarkable turnaround given where they were in the Autumn.

Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves Predictions

Theyve seen Sevilla (0-1 loss at home ground) end their unbeaten streak and bouncing back quickly will be no easy task for Asier Garitanos men we feel. Deportivo Alaves have, on the other hand, kicked it off with a win over Levante (1-0) but struggled to build on the Matchday 1 win as they earned just two more points.

Los Babazorros booked their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on four occasions and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy. Anyhow, that is still regarded as the clubs biggest success. The color of Alaves home kit is blue and white and the clubs local rivals are fellow Basque sides Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Osasuna and Eibar. Alaves made it to the UEFA CUP final in 2001, but they were beaten by Liverpool 5-4 in a thrilling football clash.

That victory was their first since the opening day of the season and a stoppage time penalty win is hardly the most convincing way to end a club record winless streak in the league. Athletic did well to keep a clean sheet with a makeshift defence but they still do little to justify their status as slight favourites with most bookies here.

Goal Timings

The visitors have netted two goals in total in the new La Liga season, which is yet another reason why we predict the hosts will emerge triumphant in the Basque derby. Experienced attacker Aritz Aduriz, who missed a penalty in a goalless draw with Mallorca, is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up against Alaves and the opposition defenders should have him at bay.

That may not exactly be the recipe for a classic here but Basque derbies are always fascinating in their own way and itll be interesting to see if Athletic have the creativity to open Alaves up if they do come here with a park the bus attitude. The similarities between these two coaches go beyond their shared surnames with both placing great emphasis on hard work and sold defensive foundations.

We see a small number of goals on their away games, with the last 4 consecutive matches producing under 2.5. As it was already said, Alaves is a bad guest. They win rarely as an away side, but this season they hope that things can change. They have one injured player. Burgui will not suit up for this game. Their defense is looking good as of now, but their first real threat will be here, with Ath Bilbao being one of the best home teams in La Liga.

Athletic Bilbao Team News

And while he never got a chance to shine at Etihad Stadium, Guidetti proved a great deal of potential during loan spells with Feyenoord and Celtic, and eventually earned a permanent contract with La Liga high flyers Celta Vigo.The talented striker has yet to nail down a regular starting berth at Balaidos, but he has been using the time spent on the pitch wisely, and continued his goalscoring form in Spains top flight.

In the first game under the stewardship of new boss Gaizka Garitano, they claimed 3 points in dramatic fashion as veteran striker Aritz Aduriz scored the games only goal and his first of the season in La Liga from the penalty spot in the 92nd minute. Belief has been lacking pretty much all season as far as Athletic Bilbao are concerned but they picked up a huge 3 points last Monday.