Our prediction for this match:
Hannover and Athletic Club, the two teams who have been in a thrilling form of late, square off against each other at HDI-Arena in what is expected to be a very interesting game. Die Roten are eyeing their seventh consecutive win in pre-season and there is every chance the hosts will stick to their attacking style of play against the Lions. Hannover did well to beat Udinese in their last warm-up game, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Athletic Club. The Basques head into Saturday’s football match following a hard-fought 1-0 win over their bitter local rivals Real Sociedad and they are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of their penultimate warm-up game. However, given Hannover’s thrilling form, we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils at HDI-Arena this weekend.
Highlighted Player (Miiko Albornoz):
Born in Stockholm, Sweden on November 30, 1990, Miiko Albornoz began his youth career at IF Brommapojkarna. Albornoz is a left back, but he is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well. The 180-cm-tall footballer played for the likes of IF Brommapojkarna and Malmo in his homeland before joining Hannover 96 in 2014.
The left-footed defender has been playing for the German side ever since and it has to be noted that he provided two assists for his teammates in 27 appearances for Die Roten in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga. As previously mentioned, Miiko Albornoz was born in Sweden, but despite playing for the Nordic side at youth level, the left-back nowadays represents Chile on the international stage.
Albornoz made his Chile debut on January 22, 2014 in a 4-0 win over Costa Rica. The Hannover footballer was part of a Chile 2014 World Cup squad, but he did not see any game action at the showpiece tournament in Brazil.
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 its rivalry 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.