Our match prediction:
Athletic Bilbao will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 Europa League defeat to fellow La Liga side Sevilla when they welcome Rayo Vallecano at their San Mames on Matchday 32. The Basques dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Granada at the weekend, but you should bear in mind that Aritz Aduriz failed to score from the penalty spot in the first half of the match. The Lions are nine points behind the Champions League berth in the La Liga standings, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts. Rayo Vallecano did well to beat Getafe in the local derby at the weekend, but given Rayo’s poor away record, we predict that Ernesto Valverde’s men will emerge triumphant in Sunday’s football game. When the two sides met in the suburbs of Madrid in the reverse fixture Athletic Bilbao recorded a routine 3-0 win over Rayo.