An important fixture will be played in Basque this weekend as top-six hopeful Athletic Bilbao host a relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano in the La Liga match at San Mamés Stadium, in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain, on Friday night (IST).
What competition it is? La Liga
Teams: Athletic Bilbao and Rayo Vallecano
Kick Off: Sunday 14 April
Match Timing: 05:30 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? San Mamés Stadium (53,289)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream select La Liga games in India. Matches can also be enjoyed on the official Facebook App or website.
We are heading towards the business end of the season. Out of the top-five leagues, two are home and dry. No life as far as title glory is concerned. For Juventus in Serie A and PSG in Ligue 1 are destined to be crowned as champions. Just biding their time, and waiting for that to happen.
While over in La Liga, Barcelona can wrap up the title in the next few weeks. They should do that. Anything other than them lifting their 8th trophy in the last 10 seasons would be like the sun setting in the East.
The Premier League and the Bundesliga, on the other hand, are expected to go down to the wire.
But the relegation battle and the chase for the European places are keeping almost all the leagues interesting, and La Liga is no anomaly in that regard.
Here in this match, Athletic Bilbao are after the top-six finish, while their opponents in the next match are fighting for their lives.
The Los Leones saw their three-game winning streak snapped up by the surprise package Getafe CF last weekend. It was a six-pointer, especially for Bilbao who are now seven points behind the Madrid club on the table.
With just seven games remaining and Getafe showing no sign of slowing down, the 7-point gap may be out of Bilbao’s grasp. But they can still sneak into the top-six as only three points separate them from Valencia in sixth.
Rayo Vallecano infused a little life into their ambitions after beating Valencia 2-0 last weekend.
But their away form is a cause for concern for manager Paco Jémez. Vallecano are coming into this match on the back of five consecutive away defeats.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Athletic Bilbao – L D W W W L
Rayo Vallecano – L L L D L W
ATH vs RVL Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Athletic Bilbao vs Rayo Vallecano Team News:
Injured – Ibai Gomez has been ruled out for the next four to six weeks after a severe ankle sprain. He joins Ander Capa on the sidelines.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None at the moment.
Note: A good piece of news for the hosts is that Iker Muniain returns from suspension and should feature on the left side of the front line.
Key Players – Inaki Williams, Iker Muniain
Athletic Bilbao squad for Vallecano match:
Injured – As for Rayo Vallecano, Gorka Elustondo and Giannelli Imbula will be missing the trip to Basque.
Suspended – While center-back Alejandro Galvez is suspended following his yellow card in the last match.
Questionable – None.
Note: Albert Garcia and Stole Dimitrievski will be battling for a place in goal. Tito may come in at the left-back, provided Alex Moreno is given freedom on the left side of the wing.
Key Players – Raul de Tomas, Bebe
Rayo Vallecano’s squad for the game against Athletic Bilbao”
ATH vs RVL Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Athletic Bilbao– Herrerin (GK), Yuri, Alvarez, Martinez, Marcos, Etxebarria, Garcia, Muniain, Garcia, Cordoba, Williams
Rayo Vallecano– Garcia (GK), Advincula, Amat, Abdoulaye Ba, Tito, Alvaro Medran, Mario Suarez, Pozo, Bebe, Alex Moreno, Raul de Tomas
ATH vs RVL Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Athletic Bilbao are favorites to win the match.
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