All you need to know ahead of our Copa tie against CD Cayon at El Sardinero, Santander (21:00 CET)
Athletic Club travel to Santander where they will take on CD Cayón at El Sardinero for their 2023/24 Copa del Rey second round clash.
Cayón hail from the small Cantabrian town of Sarón and normally play their home matches at the Fernando Astobiza. However, due to the late kick-off time and technical ligthing requirements for the television broadcast, Racing Santander's stadium will host the fixture.
Athletic's second encounter of this season's Copa sees them face a stalwart of Spain's third tier, who currently compete in Group 1 of the Segunda Federación and have picked up a total of 12 points so far this campaign.
CD Cayón vs Athletic Club
El Sardinero, Santander
Copa del Rey 2023/24 (Second Round)
Thursday December 7, 21:00 CET
The gaffer is well aware Cayón will be looking to cause an upset, but he expects his Lions to get the job done.
One of Cantabria's most historic clubs, Club Deportivo Cayón were founded in the town of Sarón in 1915.
The outfit ceased to exist in 1931 before being reborn in 1945. After progressing through Cantabria's regional leagues, they reached the Tercera División for the first time in the 1977/78 season. Cayón have since become a stalwart of that tier.
CD Cayón's first Copa appearance took place in the 1982/83 season, when they were knocked out by SD Deusto.
Currently, the team from Sarón are in Group 1 of the Segunda Federación and play their home matches at the Fernando Astobiza. So far this season, they've won two matches, drawn six and lost another six - collecting 12 points in total.
The Cantabrians defeated CDE Usaria with a 1-2 away win in the first round of this year's Copa. The Sarón-based side would have preferred to play their match against Athletic at the Fernando Astobiza, but lighting issues mean the fixture will instead take place at Racing Santander's El Sardinero.
This will be the first official clash between CD Cayón and Athletic Club. However, the Lions did take on Racing Santander at the Fernando Astobiza this last pre-season in a friendly match which ended 0-0.