Athletic Bilbao will play their final home match of the La Liga season this weekend, as they look to remain in the fight for a Europa League place. Elche will be the visitors, but their relegation to the second tier has already been confirmed.
La Liga Preview
Athletic Bilbao remains in the hunt for a top six finish in La Liga this term, but they will need to be perfect over the final two rounds of matches to secure a Europa League place. As well as that, they will also need a favour from elsewhere, as they will need Real Betis to slip up between now and the end of the season. Bilbao’s most realistic chance of a European finish will come in the Europa Conference League spot, but they are just a point clear of Girona.
Bilbao were at least able to get back on track last weekend, as they ended a four-game winless run with a victory. It remains to be seen how significant that victory over Celta Vigo will be, but it has at least kept them in the hunt.
Elche’s race has already been run this season, and they will be counting down the days until the end of the season. Their relegation was confirmed a few weeks ago, but their results have certainly improved with no pressure on their shoulders. They come into this fixture after going three without a defeat for the first time this season.
However, they have been held to draws in each of their last two, which includes a midweek tie against Sevilla. A lot of positives would have been taken from that display, and they will be hoping to cause a huge shock in La Liga this weekend.
Athletic Bilbao vs Elche Head to Head
Bilbao comes into this fixture after winning their last two against Elche. That includes a 4-1 away win in the previous meeting between the sides this season. Elche has landed just one win in six attempts against Bilbao, with that success coming at home in May 2021.
Athletic Bilbao vs Elche Prediction
Elche’s performance levels have certainly improved now that they have nothing to play for, but this will be a big task on the road this weekend. Still, we could see them getting a favourable result, with a draw being our pick.
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