Match: Levante vs Athletic Bilbao
Venue: Estadi Ciutat de València
Date: December 4, 2018
Time: 01:30 IST
As Athletic Bilbao travel to Valencia to take on Levante, they would be hopeful of lessening their miseries at the moment with a victory. Bilbao stepped into La Liga’s relegation zone after a draw against Getafe in their last league game. But they should take confidence from their 4-0 win against Huesca in the Copa Del Rey mid week and concentrate on building on to the momentum gained.
Levante, on the other hand, would be looking to take advantage of Bilbao’s desperation to score goals. The hosts are very good in counter-attacking and hence would be looking to score on the breaks. This might turn out to be a very good contest in which multiple goals can be expected. But if history has to be taken into account, Bilbao have won 4 out of their last six encounters. So, the mental edge is with them and they are the superior side also, despite going through a poor patch.
Injury and suspension Updates:
No injury and suspension issue for Levante as such. Moreover, their star forward Jose Luis Morales has returned from his ban.
For Bilbao, Yuri is under suspension and Mikel Balenziaga is carrying an injury.
Probable Starting XI:
Olazabal – Cabaco, Rodriguez, Pier – Coke, Jason, Campana, Bardhi, Tono – Morales, Roger Marti (3-5-2)
Athletic Club Team:
Herrerin – Marcos, Alvarez, Nolaskoain, Martinez – Muniain, San Jose, Etxeberria – Williams, Aduriz, Garcia (4-3-3)
Dream 11 Team Formation Approach:
This match is expected to be high on goals. So, we need to go light on defenders. Pick as many mid-fielders as possible and two forwards should be enough. A 3-4-3 formation seems most suitable.
Combined Dream 11 Team:
Iago Herrerin (8.5 Cr) – Athletic
Although both sides look defensively vulnerable for this match, Herrerin from Bilbao is the man you should go with as your shot-stopper. His agile acrobatic skills will be important in earning save points even if he doesn’t keep a clean sheet.
Inigo Martinez (8.5 Cr) – Athletic
Oscar de Marcos (8.5 Cr) – Athletic
Chema Rodriguez (8.5 Cr) – Levante
Martinez and Marcos are expected to lead the charge down the flanks for Bilbao while the same is expected from Rodriguez for Levante. All the three full backs are capable of scoring big.
Iker Muniain (10 Cr) – Athletic
Raul Garcia (9 Cr) – Athletic
Jose Luis Morales (10 Cr) – Levante
Jose Campana (8 Cr) – Levante
Muniain has been Bilbao’s best mid-fielder in the league this season and he is expected to continue his good work this time as well. Garcia is one of the best passers around and he will be important for Bilbao in setting up goals. Morales is Levante’s best bet in mid-field whereas Campana has been merely used as a budget fixer.
Roger Marti (10.5 Cr) – Levante
Inaki Williams (10 Cr) – Athletic
Aritz Aduriz (8.5 Cr) – Athletic
Three forwards—Williams and Aduriz from Bilbao and Marti from Levante have been selected. All three stand a chance to find the back of the net in this match. Aduriz should start in this match in all probability after his brace mid week in Copa Del Rey.
Captain: Aritz Aduriz
Vice-Captain: Roger Marti