Our football match prediction:
Sunday’s football game at San Mames pits together Athletic Bilbao and Leganes, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the season finale. The Lions aim to book their place in the Europa League, while los Pepineros are desperate to secure the La Liga survival. Ernesto Valverde’s men sit in sixth place in the standings ahead of the visit of Leganes, but they are level on points with seventh-placed Real Sociedad. The game against Leganes is of big importance for the hosts and seeing that they have turned their San Mames into a real fortress, we predict that the Basques will emerge triumphant in Sunday’s clash. Leganes are determined to avoid relegation to Segunda Division, but beating Athletic Bilbao on the road is easier said than done. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Aritz Aduriz, who has netted 15 goals in the Spanish elite division so far this season.
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 (Leganes):
Leganes are a Spanish football club that have mostly been playing in lower leagues. Los Pepineros play their home games at Batarque (Madrid) and the capacity of the stadium is just 8,138. Leganes secured their promotion to the Spanish La Liga for the first time ever in 2016 and, no doubt, that is considered the club’s biggest success. Leganes’ bitterest rivals are fellow capital club Getafe and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the South Madrid derby. The colour of the team’s home kit is white and blue, whilst their away kits are green. The likes of Pierre Webo, Samuel Eto’o, Ivan Zarandona, Jose Chamot, Catanha, Ruben Falcon, Jordi Lardin and Pedro Lago are famous players who were part of the Batarque outfit in the past. Lady Maria Victoria Pavon is the first female president in the history of the club and she has been in charge of the club since 2009.