Rayo Vallecano is currently 10th in the La Liga standings and has been struggling a bit this season. The Madrid side stunned Valencia with a 2-1 triumph last week and will be hoping for a similar result in this installation.
Athletic Bilbao is now 6th in the association table and has been truly remarkable this year. The Basque giants cruised past Elche 4-1 in their last game and will be confident ahead of this one.
Athletic Bilbao Expected XI (4-4-2): Unai Simon; Inigo Lekue, Yeray Alvarez, Dani Vivian, Oscar De Marcos; Mikel Vesga, Dani Garcia, Iker Muniain, Alex Berenguer; Neco Williams, Inaki Williams
Rayo Vallecano expected XI (4-2-3-1): Zal Dimitrievski; Fran Garcia, Alejandro Catena, Florian Lejeune, Ivan Balliu; Oscar Valentin, Pathe Ciss; Oscar Trejo, Alvaro Garcia, Isi Palazon; Sergio Camello
Athletic Bilbao has a remarkable squad at their disposal and will be determined to earn a European place this season. Inaki Williams and Neco Williams have been stunning for the Basque outfit and can trouble their opponents on their day.
Rayo Vallecano has had some good results this season but should be more predictable soon. Athletic Bilbao is the better group at the moment and should have a chance to dominate this match.
Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Rayo Vallecano
Head to Head
Athletic Bilbao has a decent record against Rayo Vallecano, winning 12 of the 24 matches played between the different teams. Rayo Vallecano oversaw six triumphs against Athletic Bilbao and should build on their record in this fixture.
The last meeting between these two groups took place in January this year and ended in a 1-0 triumph for Athletic Bilbao. Rayo Vallecano was brilliant that day and should be more clinical at the end of the week.
Guide to Athletic Bilbao’s La Liga structure: W-L W-D
Guide to Rayo Vallecano’s structure in La Liga: W L-W-D
Free Betting Tips and Predictions
Athletic Bilbao has won three of their last four fixtures ahead of their clash with Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Check out our top expectations during the current installation at the end of the week below.
Athletic Bilbao will win
Something energizing is brewing at Athletic Bilbao under new manager Ernesto Valverde, with Los Leones climbing up the La Liga table thanks to a run of three dominant performances in four games.
Athletic have outscored their opponents by four goals in each of their last two triumphs and can capitalize on their early boost against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. The visitors have lost two of their last three tasks and could be fighting for Athletic to go after the football in Bilbao.
Alex Berenguer scores anytime
Experienced winger Alex Berenguer scored one of Athletic’s goals in Elche at the end of the week and the 27-year-old has contributed three tries in five La Liga appearances since the end of the spring.
The former Turin fighter is relishing life under Ernesto Valverde and is equipped with enough confidence to do some more damage against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Given his scorching build, Berenguer looks to be a top pick in the goalscoring bets.
Where to watch
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano, La Liga 2022-23 match will be streamed live on Voot Select and JioTV.