FIVE THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THE BASQUE DERBY
There have been 143 LaLiga Basque derbies to date, with Athletic winning 58 times, La Real 48, and 37 draws.
FIVE PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN THE BASQUE DERBY
The Athletic winger is a perennial danger thanks to his extreme pace and his ability to beat defenders. Williams is one of the most in-form forward in LaLiga Santander right now, with 7 goals on the season so far.
The man from Eibar is Real Sociedad’s response to Williams. Aged just 21, he scored 12 LaLiga Santander goals last season, including one against Athletic, and assisted seven more. Away from football, he balances his time studying for a Business degree at the nearby University of Deusto.
The Spain international center-back spent his entire career with Real Sociedad until switching his allegiances by joining Athletic midway through last season. He’ll be taking part in his 16th derby, his third with Athletic.
The Real Sociedad captain bleeds blue and white and loves nothing more than seeing his team get one over their rivals. He played in his first Basque derby in 2011 and remains just as passionate about this fixture eight years on.
Gomez, a Bilbao native, returned to his hometown club this month after a highly successful two-year stint at fellow Basque side Alaves. His ballplaying abilities will serve him well as he looks to slot into the midfield and helps Athletic recover from their slow start to the season under new coach Gaizka Gaitano.
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