ATH vs SEV Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Team News, Playing 11
Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
Copa del Rey, Round of 16, Leg 1
When: January 11, 2019, 12:00 AM, IST
Where: San Mamés Stadium
ATH vs SEV Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Athletic Bilbao will be playing host to fellow La Liga rivals Sevilla in the 1st leg of Copa del Rey round-of-16 clash at San Mamés Stadium, in Bilbao, Basque Country, on Thursday night (IST).
It’s beyond imagination if we look at Athletic Bilbao’s position in the La Liga a few weeks ago. Ever since the season started, the problems engulfed this club like its own brother, results going negative, players showing readiness to leave the club and an ageing squad with the experienced players failing to turn up most of the times.
If you are a die-hard Premier League fan, you can compare Bilbao’s situation with where Everton found themselves in at the start of last season. The Toffees were toying with the relegation at one point, sacked Ronald Koeman for the uncanny results.
Athletic Bilbao, too, have been flirting with the drop and no wonder they have sacked manager Eduardo Berizzo. And it is proving to be a good decision if we look at their results under new manager Gaizka Garitano.
The Basques are unbeaten under him, winning three times in five matches. The defence looks motivated as well as the team has conceded just twice in that period.
Bilbao are now out of relegation but the danger of relegation still looms. At the moment, they are 17th in the points table, only two points above another surprise performer Villarreal.
This is a very crucial game. Not only the two-legged tie is a door to the quarterfinal of Copa del Rey, but Bilbao will be facing Sevilla in their next three games, with the La Liga match sandwiched between two cup ties. It’s all about knowing the opponent. The La Liga is where Bilbao’s heart should be.
They are making some giant strides this season. At one point in the 2018-19 campaign, Sevilla were at the top of La Liga table. But the shootout with Barcelona a few months ago didn’t go as planned. Still, the season they have had until now has brought them good success. After all, sitting above Real Madrid is a once in a blue moon phenomena for most teams in Spain, besides Barcelona, of course.
The White and Red should look at this tie with confidence and should make past Athletic Bilbao over the two legs. They have lost just three games this season, third fewest this season. And picked up some very good results as well with the 3-0 thumping of Real Madrid topping all the performances this season.
Last time around, they held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw in La Liga or it could be another way around considering Pablo Machín’s men took the lead, and bossed possession as well as created more chances.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Athletic Bilbao – L W W D D W
Sevilla – W D W W D D
ATH vs SEV Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla Team News:
Injured – For the hosts, Mikel Rico and Inigo Lekue both are recovering from their respective injuries and won’t be playing in this match.
Suspended – Both Yeray Alvarez and Raul Garcia missed the weekend’s La Liga clash with suspension and are eligible to play here.
Questionable – None.
Note: The cup ties often give the fringe players a chance to show their worth and this could be the case here and we can expect some changes. Striker Aritz Aduriz started the last game on the bench and is expected to start here.
Key Players – Benzema, Casemiro
Injured – None.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – The visitors will be hoping to have centre-back Gabriel Mercado back from injury. Aleix Vidal has returned to full training as well and he may be given some game time here against Bilbao.
Note: Changes are expected from the away side as well.
Key Players – Ever Banega, Wissam Ben Yedder
ATH vs SEV Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Athletic Bilbao– Simon (GK), Berchice, Martinez, Alvarez, Capa, Benat, D. Garcia, Cordoba, de Marcos, Susaeta, Aduriz
Sevilla– Juan Soriano (GK), Mercado, Amadou, Gnagnon, Mesa, Promes, Arana, Nolito, Vazquez, Muriel, Silva
ATH vs SEV Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Sevilla have been struggling for consistency on the road this season. They have won just once in the last nine away games, with the most consistent outcome has been draws.
Athletic Bilbao are now showing signs of improvement under their new manager and we think that the host should hold the visitors to a draw in this game.
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