09 September 2021, 14:54 | 28 August 2021, 13:29
The Spanish La Liga fixture, Athletic Club vs. RCD Mallorca, kicks off at 20:00 (GMT+1) on Saturday, September 11 at San Mamés.
Preview Athletic Club La Liga, Sep 11, 2021
Preview Athletic Club defeated Celta Vigo by a single goal on Matchday 3 at Balaídos to keep the unbeaten run in-tact after three games. Iñaki Williams (34') scored the game's only goal - his first of the season - eleven minutes before the break. The 27-year-old thought he had secured the brace, but a foul in the build-up saw the goal overturned after a VAR review. Athletic Club should have doubled their lead minutes later, but an indecisive Asier Villalibre failed to pick a spot when left alone with Celta's goalkeeper. It was the first win for the club in three games: 1W, 2D & 0L, which translates to a form that reads: DDW. It leaves the Bilbao-based club with 5 points and a G.D. of +1 after scoring twice and conceding once since the start of the season. On Saturday, Marcelino may select the conventional 4—4—2 formation. Having scored on Matchday 3, Iñaki Williams is expected to keep his place on the left-hand side of the two-pronged attack while playing next to Oihan Sancet. A victory over RCD Mallorca will see 9th-placed Athletic Club move further up the table at the end of Matchday 4.
Preview Mallorca La Liga, Sep 11, 2021
Preview RCD Mallorca defeated RCD Espanyol de Barcelona by a lone goal at the Estadi de Son Moix to remain unbeaten since Matchday 1. Both sides saw clear-cut chances fly by until an effort from Dani Rodriguez (27') separated the two teams three minutes short of the half-hour mark. The victory left the Pirates with a treasure chest full of 7 points after three games: 2W, 1D, & 0L. RCD Mallorca remains in sixth place in the Spanish La Liga table, with a domestic form that reads: DWW. Luis Garca's team could use three more points from Athletic Club Bilbao on Saturday when they visit the San Mamés. The aim is to remain playing top-flight football at the end of the season and Sporting Director, Pablo Ortells believes the club can do so. We are happy with the outcome of the market, Ortells said in a press conference last Thursday. We have increased the quality of the squad and the competitiveness of the team. I think we have a team to fight day-by-day to stay in La Liga, he added. Luis García could embrace the 4—3—2—1 formation, with Fer Niño leading the attack. The Spanish centre-forward, Ángel Rodríguez remains out of the squad and is sidelined with a muscular injury. He is expected to return to the squad early next month.