Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao

Real Mallorca and Athletic Bilbao almost appear to be outdoing each other in terms of sheer dysfunction going into this game.

Mallorca haven’t won since September, are just a point above the relegation zone and were thrashed 5-0 by Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

“We’re all in a mess but we will raise ourselves for the game on Saturday against Athletic and go forward as we can,” said a beleaguered Joaquin Caparros post-match.

Athletic are 14th and their League form has shown slight signs of improvement but they suffered an even more humiliating midweek Copa result when they were eliminated by Segunda Division B outfit Eibar.

“I am sad and unfit to offer explanations,” sighed trainer Marcelo Bielsa. “It was not an unjustified elimination.”

Kick off: Saturday December 15, 5.00 (BST)