Our football match prediction:
Athletic Bilbao have already got their job done in the Europa League group stages. Thanks to a come-from-behind win over Sassuolo the Lions made it to the last 32 of the competition, but they have been playing below expectations in La Liga this season. The Basques are certainly capable of finishing the season in top four, but they need to keep on raising their form if they are to meet the goal. Ernesto Valverde’s men are eyeing their fourth consecutive win at home in all competitions and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from Sunday’s football match against their local rivals Eibar. Los Armeros recorded a routine 3-1 win over ten-man Real Betis on Matchday 13, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Athletic Bilbao, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home.
Highlighted Player (Aritz Aduriz):
Aritz Aduriz is another Spanish footballer that can be placed in the late bloomers category, having played his best football after the age of 30. The cultured striker has spent his entire career in native Spain, and he was showing promise from the moment he first tasted senior football. The Basque forward arrived at Athletic Bilbao via Aurrera and Bilbao Athletic, but the first spell at San Mames proved quite disappointing and he went on to kick-start his career at Real Valladolid. Aduriz later returned to Athletic Bilbao to score 22 goals in 82 league outings, and then represented Mallorca and Valencia before returning for the third spell. Little did he know that it would prove to be the most successful stint of his career, with the forward producing some amazing displays in La Liga and Europa League, scoring over 95 goals in first four years upon rejoining los Leones. That proved enough for the striker to end a six-year exile from the national team as Aduriz featured in March 2016 friendlies vs Italy and Romania, scoring on his return against the Azzurri to prove age should not matter when the quality is there.
Highlighted Team (Eibar):
SD Eibar is a Spanish football club from the city Eibar and is currently playing in the Spanish Primera Division. The club was founded in 1940 as Eibar Futbol Club after a fusion between Deportivo Gallo and Union Deportivo Eibaressa. In the clubs history Eibar was always active in the lower divisions of Spain before promoting to the Primera Division in 2013/2014. Eibar host it’s home games in the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua in Eibar which holds the capacity of 5300. Eibar is currently one of the smallest teams in the Primera Division. The club colours of Eibar are blue and red. Eibar is also known as the Armaginak or the Armeros which literally means the Gunners. Eibar’s performance in the Primera Division so far is impressive. Eibar is known for playing attractive offensive football. Former Eibar players with an impressive career are: David Silva, Xabi Alonso, Manuel Almunia and Ricardo Varela.