On Monday, Mallorca takes a trip to San Mamés, where they’ll kick off their 2022-23 Campaign against Athletic Bilbao. Mallorca finished last season on a disappointing note, barely securing La Liga safety after scraping a 10-9-19 record and 39 points, only one above Granada, a team that relegated to second division. On the other hand, Athletic secured an 8th place finish and almost made it to the Europa Conference, though they managed to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals.
It has been a hectic year for Athletic, in no way they were bad under coach Marcelino last season, but the Bilbao club weren’t always especially thrilling either. This off-season has been all change off the pitch, presidential elections saw Jon Uriarte voted in with an agenda promising change, modernisation and the return of Ernesto Valverde as manager, but the club’s unique Basque-only policy means the squad will remain almost entirely the same.
When it comes to Valverde’s side, there’s plenty of room for improvement, especially away from San Mames, an up-and-down record of four wins, nine draws and six defeats on the road last year wasn’t good enough. This time, their target will be European football, having narrowly missed out last season, as well as a cup run like the ones that saw them reach the Copa del Rey final in 2020 and 2021.
Mallorca was in a more uncomfortable situation last season. “We were like ghosts. Those were terrible, terrible days. What we went through I wouldn’t wish on anyone. We were liquidated, screwed, dead,” Mallorca coach Javier Aguirre said. He was talking about the state of the club with two games to go, relegation becoming a reality. But then on the final day, they won in Pamplona and somehow survived. The question now is, can they do it all over again and without the drama this time?
Athletic vs Mallorca Game Information
- Date: 08/15/2022
- Time: 11:30 AM ET
- Location: San Mamés Barria, Bilbao.
- How to Watch: Athletic vs Mallorca ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
Athletic vs Mallorca Betting Lines
Athletic is -170 according to our Vegas La Liga Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $59. On the other side, Mallorca is +550 according to the Vegas La Liga Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $550.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Athletic at a 62.96% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Mallorca have 15.38% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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