Double challenge of Athletic in Mendizorrotza


Athletic will try to continue their good streak this Friday when they visit Alavés after adding three wins (Osasuna, Betis and Cádiz) and a draw (Mallorca) in the last four games. To do this, we have to face a double challenge, overcoming the bad statistics in Mendizorrotza and the good streak made by the team of Luis Garcia Plaza In his field.

The rojiblancos have three draws and four defeats in the last seven visits to the Vitorian field. Scoreboard ties came in the 2005-2006, 2018-2019 and 2021-2022 seasons and they lost in the 2016-2017, 2017-18, 2019-20 and 2020-2021 seasons.

The people of Bilbao have not won in the field of Albiazul for 20 years, although it should be considered that Alavés did not play in the top category in twelve campaigns spanning these two decades.

The last victory took place on May 18, 2003 and you only have to look at the squads of both teams to see that that world happened and that football has changed a lot since then. Athletic, taught by Jupp Heynckesdefeat the team led by Txutxi Aranguren for clear 2-4. And this opened the scoreboard, magno put the equalizer, Astudillo caught up with the locals, Urzaiz made it 2-2 and Joseba Etxeberria He completed the comeback with a double in the last over of the match. Alavés would lose to Second and the lions finished in seventh position with 55 points.

Another challenge is to beat the current Alavés in their field. The Albiazules have won the two games they have played at home and have done so against tough opponents as well. They gave a good account of Sevilla on the second day (4-3) and Valencia on the fourth (1-0). On the contrary, their three trips count as defeats: Cádiz and Getafe, both 1-0, and Rayo (2-0) in the clash played on Friday in Vallecas.

Goal 4,900

On the other hand, Athletic will be looking for its 4,900th Liga goal at the field located in Paseo de Cervantes, according to data provided by EFE. The set of Valverde They will become the fourth Primera team to reach this figure in the top category if they score a goal against Alavés.

The only clubs that have surpassed Bilbao in this statistical section are Barcelona (6,411), Real Madrid (6,406) – the two teams that, along with Athletic, have played in all editions of the championship – and Atlético de Madrid (4,910 ).

On February 10, 1929 Luis Bergareche He scored the first league goal for the red and white team in a Basque derby against Real Sociedad played at the now defunct San Sebastian field of Atocha.

Eventually Rafa Iriondo (1,000), Jose Antonio Latorre (2,000), Inigo Liceranzu (3,000) and Santi Ezquerro (4,000) went down in history as the authors of the scores that rounded out the first four thousand and Oihan Sancet, more than two years ago, the last round figure, 4,800. This Friday we can reach 4,900.


Almería will visit San Mamés on Friday, October 6

Athletic already know the day and time of the ninth matchday of the League. Ernesto Valverde’s team will host Almería in San Mamés on Friday, October 6, starting at nine o’clock in the evening with the GOL cameras on.
Before this match, the lions will visit Alavés this Friday, they will host Getafe next Wednesday and on Saturday, September 30, there will be a derby against Real Sociedad in Anoeta.
After facing Almería, currently at the bottom of the category with only one point in five games, comes the second national team of the season (weekend of October 14 and 15). The Bilbao team will continue the competition by visiting Barça at the Montjuïc stadium at a time yet to be determined.

Source: La Verdad


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