Following Monday night’s emphatic victory, hopes and expectations have gone through the roof for Athletic Club supporters.
Last time out, the Lions demolished Cádiz 4-0 at Estadio Ramón de Carranza.
Iñaki Williams actually missed a penalty, but scored 12 minutes later anyway, with Álex Berenguer also on target and Gorka Guruzeta bagging a brace.
This is the first time Athletic Club have scored 4+ in an away game since doing so at the same venue 18 months ago.
So, Ernesto Valverde is still unbeaten in, what is, his second stint as Athletic coach, following a fluke goalless draw with Mallorca and then a 1-0 victory over Valencia.
Back at San Mamés, will the Basque giants’ great start continue?
The same cannot be said of Espanyol, who are yet to claim their first three points of the campaign.
In Diego Martinez’s first match in charge, Blanquiazules did come from two down to draw with Celta Vigo at Balaídos.
Since then though, it’s back-to-back defeats to Espanyol, beaten 2-0 at home to Rayo Vallecano and then 3-1 against Real Madrid.
In the latter, the Catalan club did compete for long periods, but came away empty handed.
So, a home win seems likely at San Mamés.