The first Basque regional derby of the new year for Athletic Bilbao and Alaves, who will compete at San Mames to victory. The home team is favorite, but has barely had time to prepare for this meeting.
Athletic Bilbao: Strong in-house
Athletic Bilbao will this season for European football and for that matter, two irons in the fire. Los Leones in the league are just two points from a top-six ranking, while also in the Copa del Rey is still a chance to win a spot in the quarterfinals. Last Thursday joined the red whites true cupfightersmentaliteit upward again, with a handsome 2-1 win at FC Barcelona as a result. Athletic Bilbao fought for every ball and yield especially in the first half of an absolute top performance. The cup adventure, however, has a downside, as the team of coach Ernesto Valverde has less than 48 hours had time to prepare for the game against Alaves. That comes on top of the return, and against Barcelona next Wednesday is scheduled. It is certainly not inconceivable that the Basques will circulate this weekend.
So it’s still wait and see what eleven names Athletic Bilbao will take office. The red-whites do it this season anyway excellent in their own San Mames because with nineteen points from eight home games only doing Sevilla this season even better for a home crowd. The fact that the Basque home only once managed to keep a clean sheet but gives food for thought. Also this weekend, the battered rearguard, as both De Marcos, Aketxe as Yeray sit on the sick list, while Lekue is a question mark.
Probable lineup Athletic Bilbao
Kepa; Balenziaga, Laporte, Boveda, Lekue; Benat, San Jose; Muniain, Raul Garcia, Williams; Aduriz
Alaves: Solid rearguard
Alaves Sunday hoping to take advantage of the busy program of Athletic Bilbao. El Glorioso also came in action in the Copa del Rey (Deportivo La Coruna-out: 2-2), but has had two days more rest as the upcoming opponent. Outdoors Alaves makes them generally more collapse. The blue whites booked this season handsome uitoverwinningen to include FC Barcelona and Villarreal, but would probably do well to sit Athletic Bilbao from the first whistle to the neck. Trainer Pellegrino seems not intend, “We are ready to rapidly strike over counters.” Alaves held its last three away games seven points on, so who am I to draw the battle plan of the Argentine in doubt?
The strength of Alaves mainly located at the end, because with only seventeen at matches is the candidate in the Spanish top five least passed teams. However However, the Basques with only fifteen goals scored also ridiculously low. Only the Brazilian Deyverson knows five league matches still somewhat regularly to find the enemy goal. There Pellegrino has to have to find something, as is the provisional twelfth place in the ranking of course a good intermediate position.
Probable lineup Alaves
Pacheco; Raul Garcia, Feddal, Laguardia, Kiko Femenia; Marcos Llorente, Manu Garcia; Ibai Gomez, Camarasa, Toquero; Deyverson