Athletic Club is in 10th place in La Liga with 35 points after 28 matches. However, the league is not their priority this season because the club will play two finals for Copa del Rey in April as one of them was already played. This was the final against another Basque opponent Real Sociedad which was delayed 2019 final because of the pandemic. However, Athletic lost it 0:1 after a goal from a penalty by Mikel Oyarzabal and Real Sociedad won the trophy.
Athletic will have a second chance later this month but their opponent for the trophy will be the team in best form lately in Spain – Barcelona. In La Liga, the club is without a victory in their last 3 games and with only 1 win in their last 6 matches. However, this doesn’t matter because Athletic is far away from both from the relegation zone and place in the top 6.
Deportivo Alaves is in last place in La Liga with 23 points after 29 games. However, the club is only 3 points behind 17th Elche and 4 points behind 16th Valladolid. With 9 more matches for all of these clubs to play till the end of the season their chances to stay in the league, next season are still alive. However, their form is awful and Alaves won only 1 point in their last 7 clashes in La Liga. They lost their last 2 games against Atletico Madrid and Celta Vigo.
Athletic Club is the favorite in the upcoming match. However, the Basque club will be exhausted after losing the final for Copa del Rey from their biggest competitor. For Alaves this is a game of life and death and I expect them to give their everything and even win it which will give them a big boost in the relegation battle. Online football betting tips: Deportivo Alaves to win