Alaves will be looking to build on their first win of the season against reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid when they travel to Athletic Bilbao on Friday at 8pm (UK time).
El Glorioso entered last week’s match against the Spanish champions without a single point on the board, but they walked away with all three to kickstart their campaign. Athletic Bilbao meanwhile play host on Friday night looking to end a three-game winless run.
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Scoreline prediction: Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Alaves
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Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
It’s been an odd campaign already for Marcelino’s Leones, who have lost just once but currently find themselves bang in the middle of the table. Draws with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have been commendable results, but those have largely been drowned out by a stalemate with struggling Elche and defeat to newly-promoted Rayo Vallecano. In fact, Athletic Bilbao are currently winless in three matches and also winless in their last five Basque derbies in La Liga.
For Alaves, they have lost their last three away games in La Liga without scoring a goal but travel to San Mames on cloud nine having recently outfoxed reigning champions Atleti 1-0. That result for Javier Calleja has given the club their first points of the campaign but were not enough to drag them out of the relegation zone, so they will be aiming to keep that momentum going in this regional derby against a club whom they have not beaten away from home since November 2005.
- Athletic Bilbao (vs Valencia): Simon; Lekue, Vivian, Martinez, Balenziaga; Berenguer, Vencedor, D Garcia, Muniain; Williams, R Garcia.
- Alaves (vs Atletico Madrid): Pacheco; Aguirregabiria, Navarro, Laguardia, Miazga, Duarte; De La Fuente, Loum, Moya, Rioja; Sylla.
Peru Nolaskoain, Yuri Berchiche, Yeray Alvarez, Oihan Sancet and Asier Villalibre are all currently out of action for the hosts, while Mikel Balenziaga left the field early in the draw with Valencia but should be fit here, though his replacement at Mestalla, Oscar de Marcos, will be readying his boots just in case. Alaves meanwhile have no major issues to contend with other than that to Edgar Mendez.
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Inaki Williams in line to make La Liga history
Against Valencia, Inaki Williams played in his 202nd consecutive La Liga game, equalling the competition record set by Andoni Larranaga. He now has the chance to go one better and become La Liga’s all-time consecutive appearance-maker should he get on the turf against Alaves.
The one-capped Spain international has featured nonstop for Athletic since April 2016 in a match against Atletico Madrid (0-1), scoring 39 goals and providing 25 assists in that timeframe, while also establishing his status as one of the club’s most prized and cherished players.
There have been approaches made for the now 27-year-old over the years, notably Manchester United in 2019, but following that interest from the Premier League, he signed a whopping nine-year contract with the club, keeping him at San Memes until 2028, and with a £125m release clause.
“This, as you can see, is my house, and all I want, I have it here,” Williams said at the time. “The club has always bet on me, it has given me everything, I feel it is my home.” Both club and player have been enjoying a blossoming relationship for years that could now transcend Williams’ own career.
His brother, Nico, has been getting considerable gametime in recent outings and is tipped to have a bright future. The 19-year-old Spain U21 international has featured in every game this term and recently started ahead of his older sibling in the defeat to Rayo Vallecano.
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