ATH vs ESL Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Team News, Playing 11
Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
For the first time in many months, Athletic Bilbao could move into the top half of the table when they host Espanyol in the league action at San Mamés Stadium, in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain, on Wednesday night (IST).
What competition it is? La Liga
Teams: Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol
Kick Off: Saturday 09 March
Match Timing: 01:30 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? San Mamés Stadium (53,289)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream select La Liga matches in India. Also, the live streaming of the Spanish League can also be enjoyed on Facebook.
This is a big match for both the teams. Not only it gives the winner a chance to move into the top 10 on the table, but whatever little the danger of dropping down into the relegation battle is there, it can be alleviated with 3 points.
Athletic Bilbao have had a pretty poor 2018-19 season. But the problem was already there last season as they finished at a lowly 16th in the league. Eduardo Berizzo was sacked following just one win in the first 14 games of the new season, which left the club in the bottom three.
But there are signs of improvement under new boss Gaizka Garitano. Bilbao have won six times in the last 12 league games, easing the fear of relegation to some degrees. The next target for them should be to break into the top half of the table.
Espanyol, on the other hand, are near the level of last season. They have accumulated 33 points from 26 games and should reach the tally of 49 points of last season.
However, to match that record, they must improve on the road. Coming into this match, the Budgerigars are the 2nd worst team in away matches this season, winning just once in 13 matches.
While Bilbao’s resurgence is down to their impressive home form in recent weeks. Not only they drew 0-0 versus the mighty Barcelona 3 weeks ago, but are unbeaten at San Mames Stadium since October 6th.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Athletic Bilbao – W L D W W L
Espanyol – L D W D D W
ATH vs ESL Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Athletic Bilbao vs Espanyol Team News:
Injured – To be updated.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Expect manager Gaizka Garitano to name the same XI which started against Eibar a fortnight ago. Inaki Williams will be leading the attack, while San Jose and Ibai Gomez are both pushing for a start.
Key Players – Inaki Williams, Raul Garcia
Injured – Defender David Lopez suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee and has been ruled out. It’s a serious injury and it could be months before the 29-year-old returns to action.
Also, winger Pablo Piatti will go under the knife for a tear of front crossed ligaments of the right knee. He is expected to miss eight to nine months of action.
Suspended – Sergi Darder is suspended for the away side after he picked up a yellow in the last match.
Questionable – None.
Note: Centre-back Luis Lopez is expected to partner Mario Hermoso at the back.
Key Players – Hernán Pérez, Wu Lei
ATH vs ESL Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Athletic Bilbao– Iago Herrerín (GK), Capa, Alvarez, Martinez, Berchiche, Dani García, Benat, De Marcos, Raul Garcia, Iker Muniain, Inaki Williams
Espanyol– Diego Lopez (GK), Rosales, Naldo, Mario Hermoso, Adrià Pedrosa, Melendo, Marc Roca, Alex Lopez, Hernán Pérez, Wu Lei, Puado / Ferreyra
ATH vs ESL Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Athletic Bilbao have been brilliant in home games in the recent weeks, while Espanyol are coming into this match on the back of five defeats in six away matches.
A win for the hosts is our call.
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