Preview: Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao – predictions, team news, rosters
Sports Mole preview Sunday’s La Liga clash between Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Seville are currently fourth in La Liga and could climb to third with a win on Sunday, when they host Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on the last day of the season.
However, the hosts could also give up the Champions League places as fifth-placed Real Betis are three points behind but on equal goal difference, while Bilbao need to win to move Villarreal into the European position. final.
Julen LopeteguiThe team enters this game on a five-game unbeaten streak, but they have dropped eight available points in their last four games, after back-to-back draws since late April.
An important clash between third and fourth took place last Sunday, when Sevilla traveled to the Wanda Metropolitano and earned a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid, after Youssef En-Nesyri scored an 85th-minute equalizer for the visitors.
The Sevillistas Rojiblancos could finish this campaign with the best defensive record if they keep a clean sheet this weekend, having conceded just 30 goals in 37 appearances, a major contributing factor to their league position.
Sevilla will be confident of avoiding defeat on Sunday, as they have lost just once in the league on their home turf this year, which came in a close affair against league leaders Real Madrid. last month.
The hosts are expected to dominate possession against Bilbao, averaging almost 60% possession in every La Liga outing this season, but they will have to be wary of the visitors’ counterattacks.
Bilbao will be motivated for this final game as they have an interest in climbing above Villarreal in seventh place, which will give Marcelino Garcia’s side the chance to play in the Europa Conference League next year.
The last time, the goals of Alex Berenguer and Asier Villalibre sealed a 2-0 win over Osasuna, and the hosts would have felt they could have added to their goal tally, having registered eight shots on target in that game.
Garcia’s side conceded two fewer goals than Villarreal, but importantly they also scored 18 fewer than seventh place, meaning a point this weekend for Bilbao and a loss for Villarreal against Barcelona won’t will still not raise Bilbao in the standings.
The Lions have drawn nine away games this season, a total which is only higher for Sunday’s hosts among La Liga, and thinking about the campaign as a whole, if Bilbao had transformed just some of those draws in maximum points, they could have been approaching this game with European football secure.
Sevilla won a narrow 1-0 victory over Bilbao in the second leg five months ago, thanks to Thomas Delaneyfirst goal of the season, in a game of few chances for both teams.
Form of Sevilla in La Liga:
Form of Athletic Bilbao in La Liga:
Sevilla midfielder Nemanja Gudelj will not be available for selection due to suspension, Oliver Torres is likely to enter the starting 11, playing alongside Delaney and Ivan Rakitic.
Central midfielder Fernando and right winger suso will continue to be out through injury, the latter having not featured since November due to a long-term ankle problem.
Speculation on the centre-back’s future Jules Kounde has intensified heading into the summer transfer window but is sure to continue at the heart of Sevilla’s defence, partnering Diego Carlos.
Nicholas Williams and Raul Garcia were sent off last time out and they were both sent off this weekend, meaning Berenguer and Villalibre, who both scored after coming off the bench last time out, are set to start for Bilbao.
Before Oihan Sancet hasn’t appeared for Garcia’s side since April, and he remains a doubt for this encounter, having scored six goals in 27 La Liga appearances this season.
Midfielder Michael Vesga will be included in the matchday squad after serving his one-game suspension, but is likely to be named as a substitute with Unai Vencedor and Dani Garcia continue in the middle of the field.
Possible starting formation of Seville:
Bounou; Acuna, Carlos, Koundé, Navas; Rakitic, Torres, Delaney; Lamela, En-Nesyri, Gomez
Possible starting line-up of Athletic Bilbao:
Simon; Berchiche, Martinez, Alvarez, De Marcos; Muniain, Garcia, Vencedor, Berenguer; Williams, Villalibre
We say: Sevilla 1-1 Athletic Bilbao
After back-to-back draws, Sevilla fell into a pattern at the end of the season that they don’t need to break out of to secure fourth place.
Bilbao arguably need a win more, but being away from home can play against them this weekend, especially given Sevilla’s strong home record.
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