Leganes (@2.8) vs Athletic Bilbao (@2.9)
26-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Leganes will win

Leganes – Athletic Bilbao Match Prediction | 26-09-2019 13:00

Athletic Club ended match-day 5 on top of La Liga, the first time theyve led the league at such an advanced stage since the 1990s. Of course, this is still very early days but with few sides convincing so far, they could just be darkhorses for a top four push under Gaizka Garitano. It already feels like survival may well be the only objective for Leganes who have been very slow to get off and running but they did pick up their first point of the new campaign at the weekend.

He will also need to cure a losing habit on the road. Leganes lost all of their final 8 away matches last season and thats a stat which should fill Athletic with some confidence here. Their form wasnt great either as the season wore on but they are much the more settled side and appear to have a better coach at the helm this term.

Roberto Rosales scored five goals in 72 games for Gent in the Belgian top flight and in the summer of 2010 he signed a three-year deal with Eredivisie side Twente. He quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Twente and you should bear in mind that he played 118 games in the Dutch elite division for the club. After making two appearances in the league for Caracas, the Venezuela international joined Belgian side Gent in 2007 and he played for De Buffalos until 2010.

The pacey full back made 37 appearances for the club in the 2008/2009 season and at the end of the campaign he signed a deal with Serie A side Udinese. After playing amateur football in his homeland France, Allan Nyom began his professional career at Arles-Avignon. However, given the great collaboration between Udinese and Granada, he was immediately sent on loan to the Estadio Nuevo los Carmenes outfit.

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Allan Nyom established himself as a first-team regular and it has to be noted that he made 32 appearances for los Granadinos in the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign. After spending five seasons at Granada, Nyom joined Watford in 2015 and he moved to fellow Premier League side WBA at the end of the season. Granada finished the 2009/2010 season in top position in the Segunda Division and, as a result, they secured automatic promotion to the Spanish top flight.

Athletic have only received a fee for one player this summer, yet they are still the club operating on the largest net transfer profit in the whole division. 72 million was an enormous amount to receive for Kepa, particularly given he was set to join Real Madrid for just 18 million in January, having completed a medical at the Bernabeu only for Zidane to pull the plug on the deal.

Wednesdays football game at Estadio Municipal de Butarque pits together Leganes and Athletic Club, the two teams who are eyeing a place in European competitions. Leganes have been in a thrilling form of late and the fact that they managed to hold star-studded Real Madrid to a draw in their last home fixture is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of the Basque outfit.

The club from Bilbao is playing in the highest Spanish division since its founded in 1928 and is next to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for a longest period of time in the Primera Division. Athletic de Bilbao used to play until 2012 in the San Mames stadium (also known as La Catedral). Athletic Club (mostly known as Athletic de Bilbao) is a Spanish football club from the Bask region which is playing currently in the Primera Division.

Mauricio Pellegrino is a decent replacement on paper and did a really good job at Alaves two seasons ago on a similarly limited budget before failing in the Premier League with Southampton. Their most significant departure was that of coach Asier Garitano, the inspiration behind their miraculous rise to the top flight and ability to stay there. However with so many changes, it could take some time for everything to gel into place and for Pellegrino to come to some conclusion about his strongest starting line-up.

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Theyve only taken 5 points from their last 7 away matches in La Liga although 3 of them did come on this ground against Leganes last season, their only road win in six months. Athletic head into this game after yet another home win as they saw off Basque rivals Alaves. They remain unbeaten at San Mames in La Liga under Gaizka Garitano but their away record is far less convincing.

Their promotion of Jos ngel Ziganda to the top job never looked like paying off and they have a more experienced campaigner in the form of Eduardo Berizzo this term. He ought to bring a more attacking approach and the Athletic fans should respond to that, which may help them turn San Mames into something of a fortress again. He was unlucky to lose his job at Sevilla last season and did a great job previously in Vigo.

That is, of course, to avoid being relegated. Leganes has lost all four games they played. They have some injuries, but they are not long term. Before this season opener, where Osasuna won against them, they have had a 7 game streak, where they did not lose a game. They are currently last in the league and are desperate to earn some points here. Their coach Pellegrino has around 15-17 players who can play in starting 11 most of the time. Leganess team is slightly changed from the last year, but their goal stays the same.