The last four meetings between these two have produced just five goals, including a goalless draw in Elx in August. Athletic Club have lost just four of 17 home matches in all competitions this season.
Can Athletic Club make a late charge up the table and gatecrash the European places?
Last time out, the Lions could only draw 1-1 with Getafe at home, courtesy of Yuri Berchiche’s equaliser.
This means Marcelino’s men have only won two of their last six games so remain eighth, four points below the potential European spots.
In the last 12 months, Athletic have been an amazing cup side, lifting last year’s Supercopa de España before reaching this season’s final.
Also, they appeared in a pair of Copa del Rey Finals last April before going out to Valencia in the Copa semi-finals last month.
Despite this, they still haven’t played in UEFA competition since 2017/18 and that needs to change and soon.
Elche meanwhile start the weekend 14th in the table and would be delighted if they finished anywhere near that position.
Francisco’s side lost 1-0 to Valencia a fortnight ago but, before this, had won five of their first ten matches in 2022.
Victories over Espanyol, Villarreal, Alavés, Rayo and Granada saw los Franjiverdes surge away from danger to they’re currently position which is six clear of the bottom three.
Thus, it won’t be easy but Athletic Club should still win at San Mamés.
Athletic Bilbao team news
Athletic are a bit short of centre-backs with Yeray Álvarez suspended, due to yellow card accumulation, while Iñigo Martínez is injured.
So Dani Vivian, who scored a bullet header in the recent Basque Derby, is likely to be partnered by Unai Núñez.
Up front, Iñaki Williams will continue to lead the line having now feature in 224 successive La Liga games.
Elche team news
Johan Mojica was sent off in Elche’s defeat to Valencia so is suspended, meaning Lucas Olaza is likely to come in at left-back.
Lucas Boyé will remain their main goal threat, partnered by Ezequiel Ponce who’ll continue to get the nod over Guido Carrillo.
Sevilla FC vs Athletic Bilbao - 1:0
Athletic Bilbao vs CA Osasuna - 2:0
Granada CF vs Athletic Bilbao - 1:0
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia CF - 0:0
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid - 2:0
|Latest match form, last 5 games:||
Elche CF vs Getafe CF - 3:1
RC Celta de Vigo vs Elche CF - 1:0
Elche CF vs Atletico Madrid - 0:2
Cadiz CF vs Elche CF - 3:0
Elche CF vs CA Osasuna - 1:1
|May 22, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Sevilla FC||1 - 0||Athletic Bilbao|
|May 15, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Athletic Bilbao||2 - 0||CA Osasuna|
|May 10, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Granada CF||1 - 0||Athletic Bilbao|
|May 7, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Athletic Bilbao||0 - 0||Valencia CF|
|April 30, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Athletic Bilbao||2 - 0||Atletico Madrid|
|May 22, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Elche CF||3 - 1||Getafe CF|
|May 15, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||RC Celta de Vigo||1 - 0||Elche CF|
|May 11, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Elche CF||0 - 2||Atletico Madrid|
|May 7, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Cadiz CF||3 - 0||Elche CF|
|May 1, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Elche CF||1 - 1||CA Osasuna|
|Athletic Bilbao||Elche CF|
|154||Shots on goal||110|
|168||Shots off goal||129|
|48%||Average ball possession||47%|
|6||Shots on post||4|
|6||Shots on bar||2|
|31||Goals by foot||32|
|9||Goals by head||7|
|Athletic Bilbao||Elche CF|
|1.67||Average Goals Scored||1.56|
|April 3, 2022||LaLiga 21/22||Athletic Bilbao||2 - 1||Elche CF|
|August 16, 2021||LaLiga 21/22||Elche CF||0 - 0||Athletic Bilbao|
|May 22, 2021||LaLiga 20/21||Elche CF||2 - 0||Athletic Bilbao|
|January 3, 2021||LaLiga 20/21||Athletic Bilbao||1 - 0||Elche CF|
|January 22, 2020||Copa del Rey 19/20||Elche CF||1 - 1||Athletic Bilbao|
La Liga table:
|11||RC Celta de Vigo||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|13||Real Betis Seville||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|15||Real Sociedad San Sebastian||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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What time is kick off between Athletic Bilbao vs Elche CF?
12:00, Sunday 03 April 2022