Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao predictions, H2H and match preview for this Friday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the Basque giants aim to go top of the table at Son Moix.
Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao Preview
This Friday’s clash in La Liga is nicely set up with plenty of incentive for both sides. Athletic Club have made a great start to the season and will go to the summit of the Spanish top flight if they can claim all the points. Mallorca meanwhile are still basking in the excitement of being back at this level after a lengthy absence and they’ll be hungry to test themselves against one of the league’s biggest clubs.
After a quiet summer, there wasn’t necessarily a huge buzz about Athletic heading into this season, more the hope that they could build on the very solid foundations laid last term by Gaizka Garitano. So far, they’ve certainly done that. Home victories over Barcelona and local rivals Real Sociedad have ensured Athletic have got off to a flying start with 7 points more than they could realistically have dreamt of from a tricky set of opening fixtures.
Mallorca meanwhile might feel as though they could have more than 3 points on the board from their opening set of games. They saw off Eibar on the opening weekend but missed some good chances to take the lead at the Mestalla last time out before succumbing to defeat against Valencia. It was a harsh lesson in what can happen at this level unless you are ruthless in front of goal.
Both sides are expected to name unchanged elevens here as we return from the international break. It won’t be lost on Mallorca boss Vicente Moreno that only one of his players has found the net yet and that was in just the 4th minute of the season. They won’t get many chances against a solid Athletic defence but will take encouragement from the visiting side’s failure to perform as well on the road as they have done at San Mames.
Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions
Score Prediction: 1-0 Athletic
It’s hard to see this game producing many goals. Athletic have very much gone back to that old-fashioned battling Basque identity under Gaizka Garitano and they will make it as tough as possible for their opponents to create chances here. There are some encouraging signs for Mallorca and they’ve added some real depth to their squad in the transfer window but in a tight game like this should be, you sense Athletic might have that extra bit of quality in the final third to clinch all the points.
Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 5 Athletic Wins, 1 Draw.
- Athletic have dominated the recent clashes, winning all of the last 5.
- However the sides haven’t met since May 2013 when Athletic beat 9-man Mallorca 2-1 at San Mames.
- Mallorca’s last victory in the fixture came via a 1-0 margin on this ground in February 2011.
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Predicted Line Ups
Reina – Agbenyenu, Raillo, Valjent, Sastre – Sevilla, Baba, Febas – Junior, Budimir, Rodriguez (4-3-3)
Athletic Club Team:
Simon – Yuri, Yeray, Martinez, Capa – Garcia, Lopez – Cordoba, Garcia, Muniain – Williams (4-2-3-1)