LaLiga Action at San Mames Stadium – Athletic Bilbao face Rayo Vallecano

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Athletic Bilbao at home against Rayo – Saturday – 9:00pm GMT – San Mames Stadium.

This clash sees sixth placed Athletic Bilbao, welcome ninth placed Rayo to San Mames Stadium.

Athletic Bilbao arrive at this match, having secured 10 points so far this season

If Athletic Bilbao’s season is to maintain on track, they must put their recent poor form to an end in this game. In their last two outings, they lost 1-4 at Elche and 0-1 at Espanyol.

Also, Athletic Bilbao keep finding ways to win, having secured three victories in their last four meetings is astonishing this season. With 10 points (3W, 1L and 1D), they are established in sixth position in the League having won three games, drawn one game, and lost one game.

Athletic Bilbao have won one game, drawn one game, and lost one game of their three League matches at home this season.

A win in this fixture, would take Athletic Bilbao’s points from 10 to 13, so far this season.

Good Attacking Performance

Athletic Bilbao have a good scoring record this season, with nine netted so far (8 from open play and one penalty). Their stand out attacking players have been Alex Berenguer (3), Gorka Guruzeta (2), and Oihan Sancet (1). So far this season, Athletic Bilbao’s defence has been outstanding, enabling them to only conceded two goals.

Athletic Bilbao’s ever growing list of players missing due to injury or illness to be a concern for Ernesto Valverde, ahead of this Saturday’s fixture against their opponents.

With the LaLiga season well into its stride, Rayo Vallecano have managed to gain seven points

Can Rayo make it three out of three, having turned over Valencia 2-1 and Osasuna 2-1 in their last two games?

Also, Rayo have now lost two of their last three matches, a worrying statistic that has to be addressed by Manager Andoni Iraola. Their position is ninth in the League and they have seven points, that is, 2W, 2L and 1D having won two fixtures, drawn one game, and lost two matches.

Playing away from home, Rayo have won one game, drawn one game, and lost one game.

Winning this fixture will see Rayo Vallecano on 10 points.

Rayo’s squad has depth, but even so, Andoni Iraola is likely to be missing four of they key players when they start Saturday’s game.

Athletic Bilbao v Rayo Vallecano – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels Athletic Bilbao and Rayo have faced each other 30 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Athletic Bilbao’s favour (15 – 6). Further, Athletic Bilbao recent form against Rayo has been outstanding, winning on six out of the last 10 meetings. The last time they played each other in this competition was January 2022 and the score line ended up with a 0-1 away win for Rayo Vallecano.

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