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  • February 4, 2012
  • • 12:00 PM
  • • Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 30000
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La Liga Preview: Athletic Bilbao - Espanyol

La Liga Preview: Athletic Bilbao - Espanyol

Marcelo Bielsa's side could conceivably break into the Champions League places with victory over the Catalan outfit at San Mames.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ATHLETIC BILBAO


Iraizoz
Iraola, Martinez, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe
Iturraspe, Herrera
Susaeta, De Marcos
, Muniain
Llorente

ESPANYOL


Casilla
Galan, Rodriguez, Moreno, Didac
Forlin, Baena
Weiss, Verdu, Romaric
Uche

Athletic Bilbao has a clean bill of health heading into the fifth-versus-sixth clash against Espanyol on Saturday. Oscar de Marcos is available again after serving a one-match suspension in last weekend's 3-2 win at Rayo Vallecano.

Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino may hand a debut to new signing Kalu Uche, with strikers Walter Pandiani, Sergio Garcia and Alvaro Vasquez all sidelined through injury.

Portuguese forward Rui Fonte (ankle) and midfielder Joan Verdu (flu) are both expected to be fit in time for the trip to Bilbao.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Athletic Bilbao could climb to fourth in the league table if it beats Espanyol, provided results elsewhere go the team's way.
  • The Basque club is on a five-game winning streak at San Mames in all competitions, outscoring its opponents 12-1 in those matches.
  • Built in 1913, Athletic's San Mames stadium, which is also known by the nickname "The Cathedral", is the oldest stadium in Spain.
  • Espanyol has won four of its last six encounters with Athletic Bilbao, although none of those victories came at San Mames.
  • The Catalan club has won just one of its last eight away games in all competitions.
  • Alvaro Vasquez (pictured) is Espanyol's leading scorer this season with eight goals.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Athletic Club

Espanyol

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
Athletic Club Bilbao Athletic Club
Draw
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol Espanyol
66%
22%

Top 3 Predictions

Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
2 - 0
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
2 - 1
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
3 - 1
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP

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