Sporting take on the visitors Athletic Bilbao in the round 1 match of Spanish Primera. The game takes place at El Molinon Stadium on Sunday, August 21st.
Sporting Gijon kept their place in La Liga only with 2-0 win over Villarreal in the very last match of the previous season. They finished ahead of relegated Rayo Vallecano with 39 points only due to tie-breaking criteria, having taken 10 wins against 9 Rayo had. The team gave the first-team places to some of the youngsters from academy, singed up Xavi Torres, Duje Cop and Fernando Amorebieta. We should note that Sporting won their last three home matches with 6-1 aggregate score.
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The team from Basque Country finished fifth in La Liga last season, gaining 62 points in 38 matches with 44-35 aggregate goal difference. The team’s priority was to keep all their players and they achieved their goal. On the other hand, the club didn’t make any notable signings. The team played eight sparring during pre-season, showing quite mediocre results: one win, five draws and two defeats.
Athletic Bilbao are undefeated in head-to-heads with Sporting Gijon since 2009, taking three wins and five draws in eight matches. The visiting side has much better squad and they have all chances to extend this successful streak and be close to a victory in this match.
Prediction for the match: Athletic Bilbao to win with +0.0 Asian handicap.