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  • 18 March 2012
  • • 22:30
  • • Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao
  • Referee: José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 35000
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Athletic Bilbao - Valencia Preview: Unai Emery's side aim to tighten grip on third spot

Athletic Bilbao - Valencia Preview: Unai Emery's side aim to tighten grip on third spot

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Los Che make the daunting trip to San Mames hoping to fend off the threat of a host of clubs who are in hot pursuit of the last automatic Champions League qualification place


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ATHLETIC BILBAO

Iraizoz
Iraola, San Jose, Martinez, Aurtenetxe
Perez, Iturraspe, Herrera
Susaeta, De Marcos, Muniain

VALENCIA

Guaita
Bruno, Rami, Dealbert, Mathieu
Albelda, Topal
Feghouli, Jonas, Alba
Soldado

Athletic de Bilbao vs. Valencia
March 18, 2012 10:30 PM IST
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Fernando Llorente is a doubt for Athletic Bilbao's Primera Division clash with Valencia on Sunday after the in-form forward aggravated a hip injury in the midweek Europa League victory over Manchester United.

Gaizka Toquero and Fernando Amorebieta serve one-match suspensions, so Ibai Gomez, who is yet to score a league goal for the Basque outfit, could get the nod in attack.

Valencia will be without injured duo Miguel and Ricardo Costa for the trip to Bilbao, while Tino Costa is suspended.

Hedwiges Maduro has returned to training and could make his first appearance for Unai Emery's side since sustaining a serious ankle injury in October.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Athletic Bilbao have won 11 of the last 13 matches played at San Mames in all competitions.
  • The Basque club face Bundesliga outfit Schalke in the Europa League quarter-finals on March 29 and April 5.
  • Fernando Llorente (pictured right) has netted four times in his last five games for Athletic.
  • Valencia have won five of their last six encounters with Athletic.
  • Los Che have emerged victorious in just one of their last seven league matches away from the Mestalla.
  • Valencia will face Dutch side AZ in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Athletic Club

Valencia

Wins
1
4
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
Athletic Club Bilbao Athletic Club
Draw
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol Valencia
47%
17%
36%

Top 3 Predictions

Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
2 - 1
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
1 - 2
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
2 - 0
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL

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