The Basque derby at San Mames features two teams who come into 2018 firing on all cylinders. Athletic were unbeaten in their last six games of 2017 and are now in the race for a European place. The only drawback for Ziganda will be the absence of Unai Nuñez, who’ll miss his first game of the season due to suspension. “We’re now going to have a little rest. We started our pre-season before everyone else and have been hard at it since July. We’ve got an exciting game coming up on our return, we want to win that and move further up the table. That’s what we’re fighting for, that’s what we want”. Abelardo Fernandez’s arrival as coach seems to have worked wonders for Alaves. Thanks to three wins in their last four games they have now moved out of the relegation zone.