Our football match prediction:
Despite failing to impress against Sassuolo at their San Mames Barria, Athletic Bilbao eventually recorded a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Italian side. The Lions advanced to the Europa League last 32, meaning that coach Ernesto Valverde is likely to experiment against Rapid Wien in Thursday’s football match. The Austrians are on a four-game winless run in Group F and the third-placed team have nothing to play four against Athletic Bilbao. When the two teams met in the Basque country in the reverse fixture Athletic Bilbao recorded a thrilling 4-3 win over Rapid Wien, meaning that a high-scoring affair is on the cards. Michael Buskens’ men scored in previous two home games in the process and considering that the Basques have been scoring goals for fun of late, we predict that fans will see a lively contest at Allianz Stadion. Aritz Aduriz is unlikely to be risked against Rapid Wien and in his absence Sabin should lead the attack for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Gorka Iraizoz):
Gorka Iraizoz is a goalkeeper who plays for La Liga side Athletic Bilbao. Iraizoz was born in Pamplona on 6 March, 1981 and he is 191 cm tall. The Athletic Bilbao shoot-stopper started his senior career at Basconia, playing 20 matches for the club between 1999 and 2000. He played for La Liga side Espanyol in the past as well, but on 7 August, 2007 he signed for Athletic Bilbao. Iraizoz made a right decision when he joined the Basque outfit as he participated in the 2011/2012 Europa League final. However, he did not win the trophy with the Lions as Atletico Madrid rolled over Athletic Bilbao in the title game. He made it to the Copa del Rey final on three occasions with Athletic Bilbao, but he failed to win the Spanish Cup trophy with the Basque team. Gorka Iraizoz made six appearances for the Basque Country, but he has yet to make his Spain debut.
Highlighted Team (Athletic Bilbao):
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. 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). Since 2013 the club is playing in anew stadium. Athletic Bilbao is known for it’s rilvalry with Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid was founded by Bask students in Madrid. The old relationship between both teams is visible in the red blue jerseys of both teams.The second team Athletic de Bilbao is playing in the Segunda Division B in Spain. Athletic Bilbao won the Primera Division 8 times, the Copa del Rey 24 times, the Spanish super cup 2 times. Athletic de Bilbao didn’t won any prizes in Europe yet but managed to be the runner up in 1977 and 2012 in the UEFA cup.