Athletic Club vs Mallorca
Athletic Club Bilbao to win and over 2.5 goals- 7/4!
Ernesto Valverde is back at Athletic Club, so will he make a winning start?
Following this summer’s presidential elections, won by Jon Uriarte, Marcelino was sacked, despite doing a generally good job.
Nevertheless, Valverde is back in and, after Athletic finished eighth last season, his task is to take them back into Europe for the first time since 2017/18.
Given the all-Basque policy, it’s been the usual quiet summer in Bilbao.
The biggest transfer news did involve Iñaki Williams, but fear not Athletic fans, this was just him switching international allegiance from Spain to Ghana.
If the Lions are to break into the top seven, they’ll need Williams to score at least 15 goals, with no other obvious goal-getters in their ranks.
The Lions won ten La Liga home games last season, and just four on the road, so will be looking to make a winning start at San Mamés.
RCD Mallorca meantime only just survived on the final day.
Los Bermellones actually needed to win their final two matches to stay up but did just that, beating Rayo Vallecano at home and then Osasuna away.
Ángel Rodríguez and Clément Grenier the heroes on an historic night at El Sadar that saw Mallorca beat the drop.
Manager Javier Aguirre essentially saved them, winning four of his nine matches in charge, but will now start his first full season at the helm.
Will Athletic Club be too strong in this opening weekend clash?