Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Sunday’s football game at San Mames Barria pits together Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal, the two teams who are eyeing a place in the Champions League. The Yellow Submarine sit in third position in the La Liga standings ahead of the trip to the Basque Country, but they are just five points clear of Ernesto Valverde’s troops in the table. Villarreal recorded a 2-0 win over Real Betis in their last league fixture, but they face an uphill task in Sunday’s clash against Athletic Bilbao. It is well known that the Lions are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they are desperate to put an end to their three-match winless run in the league, we predict that Ernesto Valverde’s team will emerge triumphant in Monday’s clash. Aritz Aduriz scored five goals in the Europa League triumph over Genk (5-3) and all eyes will be on the experienced attacker when the two teams face each other at San Mames Barria.
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 (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Villarreal managed to reach the Primera Division for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club could not manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Division. In the last couple of years Villarreal developed itself to a stable club in the Primera Division.
This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3rd on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.
The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.