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Alzira vs Athletic Club betting tips: Copa del Rey First Round preview, predictions and odds

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Match preview

Will this be the start of an historic Copa del Rey adventure for Athletic Club Bilbao?

The Lions have lifted this trophy on 23 occasions, only Barça can boast more, although the most-recent of those came in 1984.

Since then, Athletic have lost in the finals of 1985, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2020 and 2021, the latter pair coming just a fortnight apart.

But, having hoisted aloft the Supercopa de España just 22 months ago, Athletic supporters are craving more silverware.

In La Liga, Ernesto Valverde’s team are aiming to qualify for Europe, and are well position to achieve this.

On Tuesday night, Gorka Guruzeta bagged a brace, Dani Vivian also on target, as the Lions hammered Real Valladolid 3-0 at San Mamés.

Alziristas are aiming to reach the second round of this competition for the first time in 14 years, never getting further than that.

They play their league football in Segunda Federación Group 3, part of the fourth-tier, but are currently battling against relegation.

So, anything other than an emphatic Athletic win at Estadio Luis Suñer Picó would raise a few eyebrows.

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