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  • March 6, 2011
  • • 18:00
  • • Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao
  • Referee: Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo
  • • Attendance: 35000
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La Liga Preview: Athletic Bilbao - Sevilla

La Liga Preview: Athletic Bilbao - Sevilla

A stuttering Sevilla side enter the Lions' Den


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Athletic: Iraizoz; San Jose, Ekiza, Ustaritz, Iraola; Susaete, Orbaiz, Martinez, Gabilondo; Muniain, Llorente

Athletic Bilbao


Sevilla: Varas; Navarro, Escude, Fazio, Dabo; Perotti, Rakitic, Zokora, Navas; Kanoute, Negredo

Sevilla



DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Athletic have lost their last three fixtures by a scoreline of 2-1, preceeded by a 1-0 loss to Mallorca.
  • Curiously, three of Athletic's four home defeats this season also ended 2-1.
  • In the last seven years, Sevilla have won five matches at San Mames, more times than any other visiting team to the Basque side.
  • Alvaro Negredo has scored three goals in Sevilla's last three away matches.
  • Athletic have not been involved in a single scoreless draw in La Liga this season. Sevilla have played in two scoreless draws, but neither were in an away fixture.
  • Los Leones are Freddie Kanoute's favourite side to score against, having notched nine goals in nine games against the Basque outfit.

LAST MEETING

October 24th, 2010: Sevilla 4-3 Athletic Bilbao

Sevilla were able to come out on top in the seven goal thriller, as Fabiano and Kanoute both hit a brace. Llorente also grabbed a double for the visitors, with Igor Gabilondo netting the stray goal.

Players to watch

Gabilondo

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The left midfielder can provide excellent service, and will likely be a nuisance for Sevilla's defence.

I. Rakitić

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Rakitic has been Sevilla's most dangerous player in recent weeks, and looks to be one of the most difficult players to contain in the entire league. His service is excellent, and he looks a real threat firing shots from distance.

Editor's Prediction

Sevilla have improved drastically in recent weeks, whilst Athletic have simply deteriorated. I would anticipate a close game with both teams scoring, but the trend of Athletic losing games by a single goal is bound to be bucked eventually.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Athletic Club

Sevilla

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
Athletic Club Bilbao Athletic Club
Draw
Sevilla FC SEV
Sevilla FC Sevilla
34%
29%
37%

Top 3 Predictions

Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
1 - 1
Sevilla FC SEV
Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
1 - 2
Sevilla FC SEV
Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
2 - 1
Sevilla FC SEV

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