After such a bright start to the season, Athletic Club are now just desperately looking to get back on track.
Ernesto Valverde returned to Bilbao and oversaw a phenomenal start to the season, winning five of their first seven.
However, since the start of October, the Lions have won just one of six, this a 1-0 victory over Villarreal nine days ago.
On Friday night, Athletic were beaten 2-1 by Girona at Montilivi; Gorka Guruzeta’s goal of the too little too late variety.
This has seen them slip out of the European places, thereby needing to win their final game before the World Cup break just to return there.
Real Valladolid meanwhile beat bottom of the table Elche on Saturday; Javi Sánchez and Roque Mesa on target.
So, Blanquivioletas have won three successive games at Estadio José Zorrilla, following victories over Celta de Vigo and Real Sociedad.
This has seen Pacheta’s team climb up to tenth, despite the fact they’ve only won once on the road all season long.
Given that, Athletic will surely fancy their chances of victory at San Mamés.