Athletic Bilbao – Alaves – Small Basque derby between teams that can not be satisfied in the first part of the season. Athletic, of course, always has European ambitions, but are currently at the bottom of the table, although we have to say in a row of six first-legged games without defeat. Alaves was after the last season’s final of the Cup, this championship began to be desperately bad and only recently improved, with the remaining at the edge of the fallout zone. Athletic has dropped out of the Cup, but they play the European league, and Alaves is on the verge of placement in the quarterfinals of the Cup.
Ahead of the break, Athletic finally played something better, but overall I can not be satisfied. And in a row of the top six games without defeat, they have been dominated by unresolved results and have been reversed four times, while winning twice in both ways. Extremely unusual for Athletic is that one win is more accomplished by the guest, where they are much more efficient than in their San Mames, where they only scored five goals.
In the European League they fought a knockout stage, and in the Cup they broke and fired from Formenter. Since mid-October, they have been waiting for a home win in Primera, but they have won the Levante and Betis in the last round, among them they have been relegated to Real Sociedad in the Basque derby. The situation with injured players is improved, and only Muniain and Balenziaga are out of the machine, while Nunez can not play for yellow cards.
Since the start of this season, Alaves lost to the zone just after winning the last round of Malaga, they managed to run over the line but with the same number of points as the team below them. It is clear that they are fighting for survival, but they do not give up on the Cup, which they are on the threshold of the placement in the quarter-finals, as they have won 3: 1 for Formenter. In the championship they finally managed to tie two wins, over Giron after a brilliant turnaround, and Las Palmas, who would then be expected to lose in Atletico Madrid.
They provided good resistance and ended 1: 0, and in the last round they beat Malaga in the derby of the match. With the arrival of coach Abelar in the beginning of December they played better and in the previous two matches the field was the same, while there was a lot of changes in the Cup. They are still out of the last line of Laguardia, Vigaray and Hernendez so that the field will probably be the same as in the previous round.
Athletic Bilbao – Alaves TIP
Recently, both teams have raised their shape and played much better so this duel might be interesting. Athletics miss the points on the domestic pitch and have been too short, but we still expect that in this duel they will dominate and win against Alaves, who will look for their chance in the coming games.