Athletic Club will face Elche at San Mames in La Liga on Sunday evening. The home team aims to secure a spot in European football for next season.Athletic Club form guide
Currently, the Basque team holds eighth position in the Spanish top league. They are just behind seventh-place Osasuna, and this is due to their inferior goal difference to the team from Pamplona.
Ernesto Valverde's Athletic team is struggling to secure a European spot for next season due to their recent poor form. They have won only one of their last six La Liga games while suffering four defeats.
Bilbao's recent record at San Mames in La Liga is not great, as they have only won two of their last seven home matches and suffered four defeats.Elche form guide
Despite being relegated to the Segunda, Elche has been in good form lately in La Liga. They are unbeaten in their last three matches, having suffered one loss in their last five league games in the Spanish top flight. In their previous league game, they held Sevilla to a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.
Elche have not been performing well in their recent away games in La Liga, as they have won just one of their last 20 league matches on their travels. However, they broke their losing streak in their previous away game against Getafe by earning a 1-1 draw, following five consecutive defeats in La Liga away matches.Latest team news
Athletic are expected to be missing Ander Herrera, Dani Garcia and Jon Morcillo through injuries, while Aitor Paredes, Dani Vivian, Yeray Alvarez and Inigo Martinez are fitness doubts.
Elche’s only definite absentee is Jose Angel Carmona through injury, while Diego Gonzalez, Omar Mascarell and Helibelton Palacios are injury doubts.What am I backing?
Despite Athletic’s recent unconvincing league form, I am backing the Basque team to record a victory mainly due to Elche’s poor record on their travels.