Deportivo Alaves will look to secure their top-flight status further when they host Athletic Bilbao at the Mendizorroza in the La Liga on Sunday.
Alaves Match Form
The derby between the Basque clubs gives the hosts a chance to edge closer to their last season’s 11th-placed finish. The Babazorros are currently 14th in the league table, with 27 points from 24 games.
They are 2 points behind Levante and Real Betis and 4 points behind Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao. Meanwhile, Real Valladolid lead the chasing pack with 26 points while Eibar have 24 at the moment.
After losing 1-0 to relegation-threatened RCD Mallorca in the previous league game, Asier Garitano will want a much-improved performance from his boys this time around.
Athletic Bibao Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Athletic Bilbao are 2 positions worse when compared to last season. They are currently in 10th place, picking up 31 points from 24 games. While they are level on points with Osasuna, Granada and Real Sociedad are 2 and 4 points ahead respectively.
The final European spot is currently occupied by Villarreal, who are a distant 7 points ahead. Thus, Gaizka Garitano will need to change his team’s fortunes soon, especially with a Copa del Rey semifinal 2nd leg against Granada on the horizon.
A 1-0 loss to Osasuna in the previous league game does not help matters but Los Leones will need to step up if they want to get a result in this game.
In terms of injuries, Roberto and Tomas Pina are the only absentees for the hosts while the visitors will miss the services of Oscar de Marcos, Unai Lopez and Asier Villalibre.
Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao H2H & Betting Tips
Looking at head-to-head, Bilbao absolutely dominate this derby, with 22 wins and just 4 losses in 31 meetings. Further, Los Leones have won the reverse fixture 2-0 as well.
Nevertheless, Alaves have a decent record on home turf in recent clashes, unbeaten in the last 4 and conceded only one goal in those games. Adding to their cause is Bilbao’s recent form.
Gaizka Garitano’s side are winless in their last 9 league games, one of the main reasons for their drop down the table. Further, they have won just twice on the road in their last 12 La Liga games.
On the other hand, Alaves have won 2 of their last 5 in the league, including remaining unbeaten in 7 of their last 10 La Liga games at home.
Therefore, head-to-head is definitely dominated by Bilbao but recent form at home definitely tips towards a low-scoring win for Alaves in the end.
Alaves Predicted XI: Pacheco; Navarro, Laguardia, Magallan, Duarte; Vidal, Camarasa, Fejsa, Burke; Joselu, Perez
Athletic Bilbao Predicted XI: Simon; Alvarez, Nunez, Martinez; Capa, Garcia, Paris, Vesga, Berchiche; Munian, Williams