Athletic Bilbao is a La Liga side based in the Basque region of North-West Spain. Nicknamed Los Leones (The Lions) the play their home games at the San Mamés Stadium. Their traditional kit is red stripes and black shorts.
The club is famous for its policy of bringing through young Basque players through its youth system, and only signing players who it considers to be Basque.
Founded in 1898 by students educated in Britain, retained the English spelling when it came to naming the team. The club has won the league 8 times, enjoying particular success in the 1930s, when they won in four occasions. They have also won the Copa del Rey on no fewer than 23 occasions, the last one in 1984.
Their main local rivals are Real Sociedad, with whom they contest the Basque derby. There is also a rivalry with Real Madrid which is as much to do with regional separatist politics.
Athletic Bilbao holds the distinction, along with Real Madrid and Barcelona, of never relegate from La Liga, the lowest in the table they have ever finished being 17th place. This should be remembered when making Athletic Bilbao predictions.
In terms of the current season, the side are just outside the Europa League places heading in the final weeks of the season. Athletic Bilbao betting tips suggest that this is where they are likely to finish, unless one of the teams around them has a dramatic change in form.
And Athletic Bilbao tips for next season would indicate more of the same. A top half of the table finish, but without the resources or budget to challenge for more.