Foot Predictions shows La Liga’s Sunday clash between Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Villarreal will try to win in La Liga for the first time since January 8, when they travel to San Mames on Sunday night to face Athletic Bilbao.
The Yellow Submarine, who defeated Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 in the Europa League on Thursday, is currently sixth in the Spanish top flight, eight points above tenth-placed Atlético, who have one game less.
Athletic will try to reach two consecutive league wins, after recording an impressive 4-0 victory in Cadiz on Monday night, with Alex Berenguer net a strap for the Basque costume.
MarcellinThe team cannot afford to be distracted in Spain’s top flight, as they are just five points behind Real Betis, in seventh place, and expect a possible finish in the Europa League this season.
However, the club will certainly be thinking about the Copa del Rey, as they will face Levante in the second leg of the semifinal on March 4, with a delicately balanced 1-1 draw in the first leg.
Athletic will also face Real Sociedad in the 2020 competition final in early April, with the match being postponed last year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Los Leones recorded a 1-0 win over Villarreal when the two teams met in the corresponding match last season, while they drew 1-1 in the reverse game in December.
Villarreal, as mentioned, will enter Sunday’s clash after an impressive 2-0 win over Salzburg in the first leg of the clash in the last 32 Europa League matches on Thursday night.
Paco Alcacer and Fer Nino They scored the goals for the Spanish team, which is now in an excellent position to guarantee their place in the round of 16 of the competition, in the reverse game.
Villarreal’s form in the league has, however, diminished, with just four points won in the last five matches, and suffered a 2-1 home loss to Real Betis last weekend.
Unai EmeryThe team has not triumphed in the league since the 4-0 victory over Celta de Vigo on 8 January, with the disappointing losing streak behind Real Sociedad for sixth place on the table.
El Submarino Amarillo is only two points away from Sociedad, however, and has lost just three of their 23 league games this season, which is the division’s second best record, behind Atlético de Madrid (1).
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Atlético will be without the services of Unai Nunez and Mikel Vesga this weekend by suspension, with the two players receiving yellow cards in their last victory over Cadiz. As a result, Inigo Martinez must return in the middle of the defense, while Dani Garcia should replace the cross-hair.
Peru Nolaskoain is not yet available due to injury, but the Basque formation is in excellent shape, which means that the head coach, Marcelino, has many options for change.
Oscar de marcos had been playing on the right side of the midfield, but Berenguer scored twice in the victory over Cadiz and must therefore keep the spot beside Inaki Williams, Iker Muniain and Raul Garcia in attack.
As for Villarreal, Manu Trigueros is available after suspension and should start in midfield, but Francis Coquelin, Alberto Moreno, Vicente Iborra and Mario gaspar everyone is still injured.
Coach Emery is expected to stay with most of the team that debuted in the Europa League on Thursday with Alcacer, Gerard Moreno and Moi Gomez all operating in attack positions.
There may be a change in the left side, however, with Alfonso Pedraza replacing Pervis Estupinan, While Sergio Asenjo it will also return to the starting XI between the sticks.
Possible starting lineup for Athletic Bilbao:
Simon; Capa, Alvarez, Martinez, Berchiche; Berenguer, Lopez, D Garcia, Muniain; R Garcia, Williams
Possible starting lineup for Villarreal:
Asenjo; Pena, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza; Parejo, Capoue, Trigueros; G Moreno, Alcacer, M Gomez
Probability: Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Villarreal
This is a very difficult match to score, as both sides will feel they can hurt each other in the final third of the field. Athletic had a lot more time to prepare for this match and should have an advantage, but Villarreal is hard to beat, so we resolved a draw with few goals at San Mames.
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