After last weekend’s frustrating start to the season, will Athletic Club Bilbao claim a victory this time round?
In Ernesto Valverde’s first game back in charge of Athletic, his team could only draw 0-0 with Mallorca at San Mamés.
Even Mallorca head coach Javier Aguirre admitted his side were lucky to leave with a point, with Athletic Club unable to convert any of their 23 shots on goal.
Scoring goals continues to be the biggest issue for the Lions, who’ve only scored 212 times since the start of the 2017/18 season.
That’s an average of 1.11 goals per game over a span of five seasons.
Meanwhile, Gennaro Gattuso did make a winning start to life in charge of Valencia, with his team beating Girona 1-0 at Mestalla.
Carlos Soler’s penalty in first half stoppage time the difference, although los Che were holding on for over half an hour after Eray Cömert was sent off.
Coincidentally, los Murciélagos also began last season by winning 1-0 at home thanks to a Soler spot-kick, also ending that one with ten men.
Valencia went on to finish ninth and, despite continuing to sell key players, better is expected with Gattuso now at the helm.
This one could go either-way at San Mamés.