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Athletic Club vs Mallorca

Competition – Spanish Primera Liga

Stadium: San Mamés

Date: 2nd February 2024

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

Athletic Bilbao will welcome Real Mallorca to the Estadio San Mamés this Friday as both sides battle for maximum points in the 23rd Round of the 2023/24 La Liga season.

Bilbao will be desperate to return to winning ways here as they are winless in two league games. Although they enjoyed much success in the Copa del Rey famously knocking out Barcelona recently, their pursuit of a top-four spot in the league has taken a hit in recent weeks with the club scoreless in each of their last two league outings (D1, L1).

Despite this, Ernesto Valverde’s side sit relatively comfortably in fifth place with a six-point gap to sixth ahead of this matchday. Their target remains climbing into the top four so a home return should be a boost for Athletic who have lost just once here in league action all season (W8, D2, L1). The hosts have won each of their last seven competitive home games in succession, a run bookended by a stunning 4-2 win over Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Mallorca, who like their hosts have enjoyed a strong run in the Copa del Rey have also stuttered in the league. The visitors beat Girona 3-2 to book their place in the Copa del Rey semi-finals but were beaten 1-0 by Real Betis last time out. That loss means they are winless in their last four league games (D2, L2).

Such form could drag them into the relegation battle with Mallorca presently occupying 15th position, just four points ahead of the relegation zone. They will hope to cause an upset here but the bad news is that the visitors have only overcome pre-match outsider status to win on one of 13 occasions in league action this season – one of the worst such win rates in the division (W1, D6, L6).

Such drab form also matches up well with their generally dire away league record this term (W1, D4, L6), which includes an eight-game travelling winless run in La Liga ahead of this tough trip. In fact, Mallorca had gone nearly six games without an away league goal until their 90th-minute equaliser against Villarreal on their latest trip.

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera Liga:

February 24, 2024
Granada 14:00 Valencia
Barcelona 16:15 Getafe
Alaves 18:30 Mallorca
Almeria 21:00 Atlético de Madrid
February 25, 2024
Cadiz 14:00 Celta Vigo
Real Betis 16:15 Athletic Bilbao
Las Palmas 18:30 Osasuna
Real Madrid 21:00 Sevilla
February 26, 2024
Girona 21:00 Rayo Vallecano
March 1, 2024
Celta Vigo 21:00 Almeria
March 2, 2024
Sevilla 14:00 Real Sociedad
Rayo Vallecano 16:15 Cadiz
Getafe 18:30 Las Palmas
Valencia 21:00 Real Madrid
March 3, 2024
Villarreal 14:00 Granada
Atlético de Madrid 16:15 Real Betis
Mallorca 18:30 Girona
Athletic Bilbao 21:00 Barcelona
March 4, 2024
Osasuna 21:00 Alaves
March 8, 2024
Barcelona 21:00 Mallorca

Spanish Primera Liga Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Real Madrid 25 19 5 1 53 16 +37 62
2 Girona 25 17 5 3 54 32 +22 56
3 Barcelona 25 16 6 3 52 34 +18 54
4 Atlético de Madrid 25 16 3 6 50 26 +24 51
5 Athletic Bilbao 25 14 7 4 45 23 +22 49
6 Real Sociedad 26 10 10 6 35 26 +9 40
7 Real Betis 25 9 12 4 28 25 +3 39
8 Valencia 25 10 6 9 29 29 +0 36
9 Las Palmas 25 10 5 10 25 25 +0 35
10 Getafe 25 8 10 7 33 34 -1 34
11 Osasuna 25 9 5 11 29 36 -7 32
12 Villarreal 26 7 8 11 38 48 -10 29
13 Alaves 25 7 7 11 24 31 -7 28
14 Rayo Vallecano 25 5 10 10 22 33 -11 25
15 Sevilla 25 5 9 11 30 37 -7 24
16 Mallorca 25 4 11 10 22 33 -11 23
17 Celta Vigo 25 4 8 13 27 37 -10 20
18 Cadiz 25 2 11 12 15 35 -20 17
19 Granada 25 2 8 15 27 49 -22 14
20 Almeria 25 0 8 17 23 52 -29 8

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