LaLiga Action at San Mames Stadium – Athletic Bilbao face Almería
This Friday sees Athletic Bilbao go head to head with Almería at San Mames Stadium – Kick-off 9:00pm GMT.
It’s fourth v sixteenth in the League, as Athletic Bilbao take on Almería on Friday.
Athletic Bilbao arrive at this game, having secured 13 points so far this season
Athletic Bilbao will be keen to retain their winning form, having beaten Rayo Vallecano 3-2 in their last fixture.
Also, Athletic Bilbao keep finding ways to win, having secured four victories in their last five matches is astonishing this season, a form has placed them in clear contention for Champion’s League qualification. Their position is fourth in the League and they have 13 points, that is, 4W, 1L and 1D having won four games, drawn one game, and lost one game.
When Athletic Bilbao host Almería, they will do so on the back of two wins, one draw, and one losse on their own ground.
A win in this fixture, would take Athletic Bilbao’s points from 13 to 16, so far this season.
Good atacking and defensive team
Defence begins with attack and Athletic Bilbao have defended well as a team, borne out by conceding four goals in their previous games. Every player has contributed to them delivering a solid defensive display this LaLiga season. They have a good scoring rate of 12 goals (11 from open play and one penalty). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Alex Berenguer (3), Oihan Sancet (2), and Inaki Williams (2).
It is likely that six key players will miss Friday’s fixture, which is something of a concern for Ernesto Valverde and his Athletic Bilbao team.
It’s four points so far for Almería this season, going into this match
Almería will take a huge positive from their recent 1-0 win against Mallorca at Estadi de Son Moix.
Also, Almería will be hopeful of shaking off the poor form that has seen them lose three matches this LaLiga season. Now they have 1 matches won, 4 games lost and 1 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in sixteenth place, with a total of four points having won one game, drawn one game, and lost four meetings.
Playing away from home, Almería have drawn one game and lost two games.
A win in this fixture would take Almería’s points to 7 in the League.
Injury and illness have depleted Rubi’s Almería and they will likely be missing five key personnel for Friday’s match.
Athletic Bilbao v Almería – Head-to-Head.
Regarding their historical duels Athletic Bilbao and Almería have faced each other 12 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Athletic Bilbao’s favour (7 – 2). In addition, seven of the previous 12 matches between Athletic Bilbao and Almería have resulted in an Athletic Bilbao win. Their most recent encounter in this competition was March 2015 and the score line ended up with a 2-1 win for Athletic Bilbao.