Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol
Athletic Bilbao welcomes Espanyol in a match from the last 38th round of the Spanish La Liga.
Athletic didn’t have a good season. The Basques are currently 16th in La Liga with 43 points and a record of 10 wins, 13 draws and 14 losses. This is certainly not the place they hoped to be at the end of the campaign. Athletic are usually a club which fights for European qualification, but it seems that the leaving of Ernesto Valverde put them in a bad situation.
In their last five games, Athletic are also not showing a good form – one win, one draw and three losses. In the previous round, the Basques suffered a 1-3 defeat during the visit to Deportivo Alaves. Most surely they’d want to forget this season and focus on the next one. It’s clear that Athletic didn’t find the right replacement for Ernesto Valverde. Let’s see who is about to lead the team next season. They need to make a good decision if they want to go back among the leading clubs in the league. Espanyol is 14th in La Liga with 46 points. The Los Pericos have a record of 11 wins, 13 draws and 13 defeats. In their last five games they are doing pretty good – three wins, one draw and one loss against Eibar. On theory, Espanyol can move up to a few places in the final standings if they beat Athletic. It depends also on the results of Deportivo Alaves and Girona. We can say that both teams had pretty average seasons and they have nothing to be proud of. We expected more particularly from Athletic, but the absence of Ernesto Valverde catch them off guard. As for Espanyol, they performed in a typical manner for them – some fireworks and some periods of average performance.