ATHLETIC CLUB (9th) vs. SEVILLA FC (4th)
One of the tougher grounds in European football awaits us. A stadium in which we haven’t won in the league since the 09/10 season. Now that Sevilla are away-day specialists, can they claim all 3 points?
Athletic gave us a hard time in the last meeting at the RSP. They took advantage of our slow start and struck early. They put up a strong resistance and only conceded through an own goal. It was another example of how easy it can be to render Sevilla useless. They also boast La Liga’s 3rd best defensive record. As we often struggle to find the net, this match seems destined to be a low-scoring affair.
It is exactly that stubbornness to not be beaten that has gotten us this far, holding on to 4th place with 4 games remaining. It may be a cathedral without it’s congregation, but San Mamés is never a ground that provides optimism. If we are to win here for the first time in over a decade, we will be that much closer to CL qualification.