Athletic come into the game in eleventh position, sandwiched between Real Betis and Levante. Los Leones are just three points shy of the relegation zone and despite being mid-table are far closer to the bottom than they are to the top.
— Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) December 31, 2020
La Real are flying high despite a recent downturn in form. The Basques are third in La Liga, level on points with fourth-placed Sevilla after a lighting start to the season. They’re slowing up somewhat now, however, having failed to win any of their last nine and losing three on the bounce.
1⃣1⃣ ALINEACIÓN 🆚 @AthleticClub.
— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) December 31, 2020
Imanol Alguacil will be happy to welcome back Mikel Oyarzabal, who returns from injury to start. David Silva misses out due to a muscular complaint. La Real are finding the congested calendar difficult given their Europa League commitments.