In the group stage of the Europa League are Athletic Bilbao and Sassuolo for a crucial match. The winner is almost certain European winter, the loser can lick his wounds.
Athletic Bilbao: The Spaniards sharpening their knives
Tension in Group F of the Europa League to cut. Genk and Athletic Bilbao can call themselves six points leader, while Rapid Vienna and Sassuolo are on five points. so the winner of the upcoming matchday doing excellent business in the battle for a place in the knockout phase.
Athletic Bilbao will win this season’s Champions League qualification. This is possible through the competition, but competition in the Spanish Primera Division is huge. Another way is of course by winning the Europa League – a difficult but not impossible task. In that sense, the home game against Sassuolo is an absolutely key clash. Coach Ernesto Valverde is also planning to act on at full strength. Also Aduriz is therefore likely to play again. The veteran was in the previous round of play at home against Genk (5-3 win), accounting for no less than five goals. Also thanks to that victory, the Basques have enjoyed for four competitive games in a row unbeaten. Last weekend fueled the red-whites by knocking it never sick Villarreal 1-0. Raul Garcia crowned himself match-winner midway through the second half to provide the only goal of the match. With the self-confidence is therefore okay to Los Leones. “This team has not reached its ceiling,” said midfielder San Jose.
Probable lineup Athletic Bilbao
Herr Erin: Boveda, Yeray, Laporte, Balenziaga; San Jose, Benat; Williams, Raul Garcia, Muniain; Aduriz
Sassuolo: The Italians are hopelessly out of shape
Sassuolo state with five points at the bottom of Group F and must Thursday night at San Mames achieve a positive result to keep alive its European ambitions. An uphill task, as the Italians currently in a sporting crisis. Nero Verdi lost their last four league matches, including the 3-2 defeat at Sampdoria last weekend. In particular, that last loss was a bitter pill, because until six minutes from time were the men of coach Di Francesco still 0-2 in the lead. A total blackout, however, ensured that visitors still had to go home empty-handed.
It will Di Francesco therefore still be a chore again something to boost morale. It is anyway not with the coach, as star player Berardi is still on the sick list. Midfielder Duncan and the Dutch defender Letschert sidelined, while winger Politano is a big question mark. In terms of goals Italians mainly rely on the promptings of Defrel, one of the few bright spots this season. The Frenchman had a goal and an assist to the big man in the 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao earlier this season. That victory, however, dates from the time when Sassuolo running at full speed.
Probable lineup Sassuolo
Consigli; Gazzola, Acerbi, Cannavaro, Peluso; Magnanelli, Missiroli, Biondini; Defrel, Matri, Ricci