Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao: La Liga's High-Flying Clash at Valencia's Home Ground
The clash at Valencia's home ground between Valencia and Athletic Bilbao not only underscores a crucial phase in La Liga but also highlights the tactical prowess and league aspirations of two teams aiming to maintain their impressive forms.
Valencia's home ground sets the stage for a pivotal La Liga encounter as Valencia hosts an in-form Athletic Bilbao, with both sides eager to assert their dominance in the league.
Valencia, having recently ended their Copa del Rey journey, now shifts their complete focus to La Liga. Despite a strong four-game winning streak in all competitions, their recent loss to Celta Vigo has somewhat halted their momentum. Currently sitting eighth in the league, Valencia has shown significant improvement from last season and has been particularly formidable at home.
Athletic Bilbao, on a remarkable winning run, poses a formidable challenge for Valencia. Their recent victory over Alaves in the Copa del Rey marks their sixth consecutive win in all competitions. Sitting comfortably at third in the league, Athletic Bilbao has not only shown defensive solidity but also an attacking prowess, making them a contender for a top-four finish.
This weekend's match is crucial for both teams, with Valencia seeking to regain their winning form and Athletic Bilbao aiming to solidify their position in the top tier of the league.
Valencia grapples with uncertainties around Roman Yaremchuk and Hugo Gonzalez, while Andre Almeida remains sidelined. The absence of Selim Amallah and Mouctar Diakhaby on international duty adds to their challenges. Key players like Sergi Canos and Jose Gaya are expected to be back in the starting lineup.
Athletic Bilbao's concerns include the absence of Dani Garcia and key forward Inaki Williams, who is on international duty. The team might see a similar lineup to their last league game, with Alex Berenguer and Gorka Guruzeta being pivotal.
Valencia's potential lineup includes Mamardashvili; Foulquier, Mosquera, Paulista, Gaya; Perez, Guillamon, Pepelu, Canos; Duro, D Lopez. Athletic Bilbao may field Simon; Lekue, Vivian, Paredes, Yuri; Ruiz de Galarreta, Vesga; Berenguer, Sancet, N Williams; Guruzeta.