Eibar vs Athletic Bilbao: A Need of Victory for The Host’s Safety
Eibar’s campaign in La Liga this season is fairly acceptable. Yet, it is still in need of improvement to guarantee their future in the top flight next season. Thus, a win is necessary for Fabian Orellana and Co and this midweek seems to be quite possible to do, though not easy, as they take on Athletic Bilbao. They are currently still sitting on the mid table. Yet, the Basque side has their own mission, which is to snatch a Europa League place.
Eibar suffered an inevitable defeat against Real Madrid last weekend. Despite playing well in the second half and could score one by Pedro Bigas, they already conceded three goals at the first half by Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo.
Their counterpart, Athletic Bilbao wasted the opportunity to snatch a victory while hosting Atletico Madrid. They were involved in a hard-fought game and held 1-1. Iker Muniain opened the scored sheet but their lead only last for two minutes before Diego Costa responded with his long-awaited goal.
Missing players and probable lineups
Jose Mendilibar has been employing several formations, mainly 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-4-1. In this game against Bilbao which also counts on physical approach and often play wide while attacking, he could opt for 4-4-2 or 4-3-2-1. The 36-year old striker Charles will be the lone striker supported by Takeshi Inui and Fabian Orellana. In the midfield, Edu Exposito, Gonzalo Escalante and Pedro Leon will become the first layer of their defence as well as helping out building the counter attack.
Eibar: Marko Dmitrovic; Arnaitz Arbilla, Cote, Pedro Bigas, Esteban Burgos; Pedro Leon, Gonzalo Escalante, Edu Exposito; Takeshi Inui, Fabian Orellana; Charles.
Gaizka Garitano tends to be in favour of 4-2-3-1 for the outing against the lower position. Inaki Williams is the number one forward. He will gain support from Iker Muniain as the number ten, the former Atletico Madrid man, Raul Garcia and Ibai Gomez on both sides. Unfortunately, Yuri and Asier Villalibre are ruled out for this game as they both are still injured.
Athletic Bilbao: Unai Simon; Inigo Martinez, Yeray Alvarez, Andre Capa, Mikel Balenziaga ; Dani Garcia, Mikel Vesga; Iker Muniain, Raul Garcia, Ibai Gomez; Inaki Williams.
In the head-to-head encounters, Bilbao has better records of winning but not the superior side. Iker Muniain and Co have only won twice and had four draws in the last six meetings. Eibar might have a chance to snatch points after all.
The Basque side should never let the chance to win slip away again and this game offer them such opportunity for securing three points. Their attacking lines are obliged to improve their finishing touch so that they could maximise their shots on goal. Considering the home sides poor form, a narrow win for the visitor is more likely.
Where to watch
International TV channels:
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