Sevilla vs Athletic Club: Match preview
After a short break, the Spanish La Liga continues. Clubs from the Iberian Peninsula have only rested for two weeks until football was just one weekend away. Already in the first round of the second part of the championship we expect an extremely interesting duel at the stadium “Sanchez Pizjuan”. The third-ranked Seville will welcome the excellent Athletic from Bilbao.
Sevilla team news:
Just before the holiday break, Sevilla celebrated at a heavy guest appearance. On the Island they beat Majorca 2-0 with goals from Diego Carlos and Banega. If they had been maxed out in the previous two matches, that is, if they hadn’t missed five points, they would have been whispering at the top of the table, with the same number of points as leading Barcelona.
Thus, they are five points behind leader and behind second-placed Real Madrid three points. The placement is quite satisfactory, given that the ultimate goal is to return to the Champions League. Sevilla did not shine as hosts in this championship hasn’t won any derby at their stadium.
There are a lot of points lost for a team that wants to be at the top of the standings. Because of that Sevilla has to be a bit heavier in the second part of the season. They also lost twice on the side, convincingly from Barcelona and unexpectedly from Eibar with 3-2. It was this match that disappointed Sevilla’s supporters deeply, having arrived as the second consecutive, after losing to Real Madrid.
Sevilla has scored far fewer goals than in previous seasons, only 23 in 18 games, so it is not surprising that they do not have any players among the top scorers.
Probable lineup: Vaclik; Jesus Navas, Carrico, Diego Carlos, Escudero; Joan Jordan, Fernando, Banega; Ocampos, De Jong, Munir.
Athletic Club team news:
Basque’s most famous football club is playing a good season. They are in seventh place, but have only five points less than third-placed Sevilla. Before this mini-break Bilbao was in a good series of results. In the last eight matches they have suffered only one defeat, from Betis.
Before the holidays, the Basque had a visit to Madrid, where they played with no goals against Real. It must be admitted that they were also very lucky in that match. Bilbao finished the game before Real without a goal, so in 180 minutes they did not give or receive a goal.
Bilbao scored few goals, only 19, by far the least of all the teams ranked at the top of the table. That is why they are defensively among the best. They have received only 12 goals, as much as Real, while the strongest defense is Atletico from Madrid, who received 11.
Probable lineup: Unai Simon; Ander Capa, Unai Nunez, Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Yuri; Raul Garcia, Unai Lopez, Dani Garcia; Inaki Williams, Inigo Cordoba.
Sevilla is a better team than Athletic, but they have not convinced us this season that they can easily handle opponents like this.That is why we will not predict the winner of this match. What we are more convinced is that there will be at least three goals scored in total.
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