Athletic Club vs Alaves Predictions & Match Preview

Athletic Club vs Alaves

Athletic Club vs Alaves predictions and match preview for Friday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups ahead of this Basque derby.

DateFriday 1st October 2021
Kick-Off21:00 (local time)
StadiumSan Mames

Athletic Club vs Alaves Preview

Athletic Club stadium

We have a Basque derby this Friday in LaLiga. Alaves come into the game on a huge high having upset the champions to claim their first points last weekend. Victory in Bilbao really would relieve all the pressure that was building on Javi Calleja but Athletic will be the clear favourites at San Mames.

This will be the first match since the easing of restrictions allowing Spanish football stadiums to host games at 100% capacity once more. Athletic, more than most clubs, should benefit from the return to full stadiums such is the noise generated in their incredibly atmospheric stadium and it could just give them a bit of a boost here to be playing in front of a big crowd again.

They could perhaps do with that having gone three without a win to just cool their bright start to the season. Draws at Atletico Madrid and Valencia mean that their three game winless streak isn’t really a cause for concern yet but a 2-1 home defeat to newly promoted Rayo was a real disappointment in their last outing in Bilbao. Marcelino perhaps paid the price for resting a few players in that game and while it’s admirable how he is trying to integrate young players, one or two are perhaps not quite ready to be starting games regularly at this level.

Alaves make the short trip to Bilbao following a vital win last weekend which could prove a launchpad for their season. Having lost their first 5 matches, scoring just once and conceding 10, hopes weren’t exactly high heading into this fixture against the defending champions. However Alaves struck early on through Victor Laguardia and dug deep to hold Atleti at bay for the remainder of the game to seal their first points in the shape of a 1-0 victory.

Curiously they claimed that victory with Joselu, so often their talisman, at least in an attacking sense, left on the bench. They switched to something between a 5-4-1 and 3-4-3 for the game and the successful result suggests they will almost certainly persist with that here. Calleja perhaps has come to terms with the reality that he most likely will not be able to get this team playing slick, passing football and for now seems content with whatever approach is going to get the results that will keep him in a job.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Athletic Win, 2 Alaves Wins, 3 Draws.
  • Alaves have only managed one goal in five visits to San Mames in LaLiga.
  • However they shade the H2H overall having won 3 of the last 4 in Vitoria.
  • There was only one goal in the two meetings last season, scored by Alaves at Mendi.

Team News

Asier Villalibre is missing through injury for the hosts while Yuri continues to be a long-term absentee.

Alaves have doubts over Pere Pons, Edgar Mendez, Florian Lejeune and Ruben Duarte.

Predicted Athletic Club Starting Lineup:

Simon – Balenziaga, Martinez, Vivian, Lekue – Muniain, D. Garcia, Vencedor, Berenguer – Garcia, Williams (4-4-2)

Predicted Alaves Starting Lineup:

Pacheco – Duarte, Laguardia, Miazga, Navarro, Aguirregabiria – Rioja, Moya, Loum, De La Fuente – Sylla (5–4–1)

Athletic Club vs Alaves Predictions

Score Prediction: Athletic Club 1-0 Alaves

Alaves’ improved showing last time out casts a bit more doubt on the result here but with San Mames as busy as it has been in 18 months, you’d fancy we should get a reaction from an Athletic side that is very close to full strength.

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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Freelance requests: marksochon (at)

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