Leganes takes on Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 25, 2019.
Founded in 1928, CD Leganes has spent the majority of their existence playing in the lower divisions of the Spanish Football system. But since finally making it to the top flight during the 2015-16 season, they have kept their place in the La Liga. During the 2017 and 2018 seasons, they barely avoided relegation by finishing 17th. They finished better at 13th place the last time out. CD Leganes made it to the semifinals of the 2018 Copa del Rey after defeating Real Madrid 2-1 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. That was their best finish in the tournament and other than that, they have not found much success. Leganes were the Segunda Division B champions in 1992/93 and the Tercera Division champions in 1985/86. They head to this matchup with Athletic Bilbao as the soccer betting underdogs.
Leganes ranks at the bottom of the La Liga in most statistical categories. They are last in Goal Difference at -6 goals, last in Goals Scored with only one and last in the league with no assist so far. They are also ranked 15th overall in Goals Conceded with seven goals allowed.
Martin Braithwaite has scored the team’s lone goal this season while Jose Arnaiz and Oscar Rodriguez have yet to find the back of the net despite 3 and 4 shots on a target already. Meanwhile, Goalkeepers Ivan Cuellar and Juan Soriano have played two matches each but neither has gotten a win. Both goalkeepers have four saves each wit Culler allowing three goals and Soriano conceding four goals.
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Athletic Bilbao was founded 121 years ago and they are one of the more successful teams in the La Liga with the fourth-most titles won at eight. When it comes to Copa del Rey, they rank next only to Barcelona with a total of 23 wins. The club is one of the founding members of the Primera Division and has never been relegated from the top division since its inception in 1929. Only Barcelona and Real Madrid can claim the same feat. Athletic Bilbao finished 8th place in the previous La Liga season and they hope to finish better this time around.
Athletic Bilbao is tied for 4th in the league in Goal Difference at +3. Bilbao has scored a total of four goals on the season, 10th best in the La Liga. They have allowed only one goal so far in four matches which is the best in the Spanish League. All of their four goals this season were assisted.
Raul Garcia has scored two goals for Athletic Bilbao while Inaki Williams and Aritz Aduriz each have one goal for the squad. Midfielder Ander Capa has three assists to lead Athletic Bilbao while Inigo Cordoba has one assist as well. Goalkeeper Unai Simon has allowed only one goal in four matches with four saves on the season.
Head to head, Athletic Bilbao leads the series between these two teams. Bilbao has lost just once in their last six meetings with three wins and two draws to boast. Athletic Bilbao has won the last three meetings, defeating Leganes by an aggregate score of 5-1 in those three matches.
CD Leganes dwells at the bottom of the La Liga standings right now with four losses in four matches played this season. Leganes has been blanked in three out of their four losses and they have scored only one goal this season. They are coming off a 0-3 defeat at the hands of Villarreal in their last outing.
On the other hand, Athletic Bilbao is undefeated with two wins and two draws in four matches played. They are ranked 6th in the La Liga and have allowed just one goal scored so far in four matches played. Athletic Bilbao is coming off a scoreless draw against RCD Mallorca in their last outing.
Leganes has struggled to score goals this season and going up against an opponent which has allowed just one goal so far this term, I think this is going to be another tough assignment for CD Leganes. Athletic Bilbao’s defense is going to be the key here. Prediction: Athletic Bilbao