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Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo: Both side’s looking for different objectives

Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo: Both side’s looking for different objectives

Athletic Bilbao will look to beat Celta Vigo on Sunday evening to continue their hunt for European football.

The Basque hosts were poor for the first six months of the season but a superb turnaround in fortunes under Gaizka Garitano has seen them move to within a whisker of reaching the Europa League.

A win against Celta will only enhance that but the Galician visitors will be looking to steer themselves away from the relegation zone after a season to forget.

Three points for Celta would not see them move from 14th but if results elsewhere go their way – then it could put them safe.

Athletic are in seventh and will want to cement that with a win in front of their home crowd at San Mames.

Team News

Inigo Martinez and Benat are expected to return for Athletic after injury problems, whilst Ander Capa is expected to continue in the side.

Iker Muniain is expected to start, alongside in form duo Raul Garcia and Inaki Williams.

Nestor Araujo and Gustavo Cabral are expected to be starters for Celta, whilst Iago Aspas will be a key figure for the away side.

Predicted XI’s

Athletic: Herrerin, Capa, Martinez, Alvarez, Yuri, Etxeberria, Garcia, Garcia, Muniain, Williams, Marcos

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Celta: Blanco, Cabral, Mallo, Olaza, Araujo, Boudebouz, Yokuslo, Lobotka, Boufal, Aspas, Gomez

What do we think?

Celta will have it all to do on the road but with Maxi Gomez and Iago Aspas in good form – we expect this one to be a goal fest.