Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia – prediction, team news, line-ups
Sports Mole previews Sunday’s La Liga clash between Athletic Bilbao and Valencia, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Valence make the journey to face Athletic Bilbao Sunday afternoon, looking to build on a perfect start to the new La Liga campaign.
Meanwhile, the home side are playing a second home game in a row after being held to a goalless draw by Real Mallorca.
With Ernesto Valverde Back in the dugout, everyone associated with Athletic Bilbao has high hopes for another strong La Liga campaign.
However, Valverde was frustrated in his opener as Mallorca held his side to a 0-0 draw at San Mames.
Although positives are drawn from securing a point on the board, Athletic were expected to take advantage of home territory, and there is now a bit of pressure ahead of hosting Valencia.
That said, Athletic could benefit from facing opponents who should show more ambition, as Mallorca have operated with a 5-4-1 system.
As for Valencia, Gennaro Gattuso went with a 4-3-3 against Girona, although it was ultimately dependent on a goal from the penalty spot just after half-time.
While Gattuso would have been slightly frustrated to win by this method alone, getting the maximum points on the board was most important as he looks to keep his new club in the top half of the table.
Even if the star man Goncalo Guedes was sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Gattuso can have few complaints about the club’s activities in the transfer market.
Securing the services of the Barcelona midfielder Nicholas González on a season-long loan deal is a huge blow for the club, and the youngster should eventually become a mainstay in the starting line-up.
Although that won’t happen this weekend, Valencia are set to replace the quality lost from last season’s side, and another triumph on Sunday could encourage other talent to move to Mestalla before the end of the transfer window. summery.
Form of Athletic Bilbao in La Liga:
Form of Valencia in La Liga:
Athletic should be without a defender again Inigo Martinez who is currently suffering from knee problems.
Chances could be rare with Oier Zarraga seemingly most likely to earn an opportunity in central midfield.
Meanwhile, Valencia will have to do without Eray Comert after his dismissal in the second half of the victory against Girona.
Teenage central defender Christian Mosquera could be drafted in the middle of the baseline, but Jose Gaya remains absent by suspension.
González and Max Gomez should remain among the substitutes.
Possible starting line-up of Athletic Bilbao:
Simon; Marcos, Vivian, Alvarez, Berchiche; Zarraga, Vesga, Muniain; Williams, Villalibre, Berenguer
Possible starting line-up from Valence:
Mamardashvili; Correia, Mosquera, Diakhaby, Vazquez; Musah, Guillamon, Soler; Castillejo, Duro, Lino
We say: Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Valencia
While Athletic will have a chance to get back on track this weekend, we can’t rule out Valencia who feel rejuvenated under Gattuso. With that in mind, the visitors could edge this contest by the odd three-goal, keeping the momentum going at Mestalla for another week.
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