Preview: Huesca vs Athletic Bilbao
Sports Mole presents Wednesday’s La Liga game between Huesca and Athletic Bilbao, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
With three games of the season to play, Huesca will aim to come out of the bottom three of the La Liga table on Wednesday, as they host Athletic bilbao.
A four-game losing streak in their last five games has seen PachetaThe team fall back into the relegation zone, while the visitors will look to stretch their unbeaten 10 – game top flight.
Huesca recently shattered a three-game losing streak with an impressive 1-0 home win over fifth-placed Real Sociedad to bolster his hopes for survival.
The game looked set to end scoreless until Real Sociedad center-back Aritz Elustondo turned the ball into its own net in the 87th minute, giving Pacheta’s side three crucial points.
However, Los Oscenses failed to build on this last time as they faced Cadiz away from home.
In a busy period before half-time, Marcos Mauro opened the scoring for the hosts in the 43rd minute, but Rafa Mir equalized for Huesca before the hosts’ lead was immediately restored in the second minute of extra time before the break. Gaston Silva scored an own goal.
As a result, Pacheta’s side find themselves in the drop zone with three games of the season to go, having collected just 30 points in 35 league appearances this campaign.
However, they are not yet doomed to relegation as they are only one point away from safety with nine points left, meaning Los Oscenses still have a good chance of avoiding an immediate second tier return. if they can pick up a positive result on Wednesday.
They face a side from Athletic Bilbao who enter this game in good form, having lost none of their last nine La Liga appearances.
MarcelinoThe men were somewhat disappointed to be held to a draw last time around as they hosted Osasuna.
Jon Morcillo opened the scoring for Athletic from the first minute of the match, but Darko Brasanac quickly equalized for front visitors Oihan Sancet restored the hosts’ advance on time.
They seemed ready to see a narrow victory, but a Ante budimir the 89th-minute equalizer forced Marcelino’s men to settle for a point, preventing them from registering back-to-back wins after an impressive 1-0 win over fourth-placed Sevilla.
Athletic will now look to continue their solid form for the last three games of the campaign, as they aim to build momentum for next season.
Huesca La Liga form:
Athletic Bilbao La Liga form:
Athletic Bilbao form (all competitions):
Huesca set to remain without a central defender Pablo Insua and rear left Luisinho, because the pair remain out of action due to injuries.
However, central defender Jorge Pulido will return to the back line following his suspension the last time, while the midfielder Jaime Seoane will also be back in action after a suspension.
Alvaro Fernandez should maintain his place between the sticks, having competed for the position with Andres Fernandez.
The line will be led by Rafa Mir, who has kept his side in contention for survival with 13 league goals this season.
Athletic Bilbao will remain without captain Iker Muniain, who has missed the last five games due to injury.
He is joined in the margin by the right rear Ander Capa and rear left Yuri Berchiche.
Key forward Inaki williams should return to the starting side after being reduced to a substitute appearance last time around.
Possible starting line-up from Huesca:
Fernandez; Siovas, Pulido, Vavro; Maffeo, Ferreiro, Rico, Seoane, Galan; Mir, Ramirez
Possible starting line-up from Athletic Bilbao:
Simon; From Marcos, Martinez, Nunez, Balenziaga; Berenguer, Vesga, Lopez, Morcillo; Williams, Garcia
We say: Huesca 1-1 Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao definitely enter the game in much better form than their opponents, but we see Huesca’s need for a result that encourages them to take a share of the booty on Wednesday.
The visitors are expected to dominate the game, but Huesca has Rafa Mir’s attacking quality to grab a crucial goal.
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