Athletic Bilbao host inform Villarreal at the San Mames hoping to bounce back after a string of bad results
A 3-1 defeat to Celta before the international break was Athletic’s sixth without a win in all competitions. They lie 15th in the table, five points above the relegation zone.
Villarreal’s fortunes, on the other hand, have turned for the better. After a humilitating 4-0 loss to Getafe, the yellow submarine has won four of their last five league games and have lost one of their last nine games in all competitions.
Villarreal are still suffering from a number key injuries including goalkeeper Sergi Asenjo, Bruno Sariano and Castillejo. Athletic Club will be without Muniain and Benat while Oscar De Marcos remains a doubt.
Basque foward, Adruiz, renewed his contract this week and Ziganda will look to the 36 year old to regain some of his lethal form of previous years. The away side front man, Cedric Bakambu will no doubt be the man to watch. In his last ten La Liga games, the Congolese has scored eight goals.
Should results go against Los Leones, an away win could leave Athletic just two points above the drop zone. A win will likely close the gap between Atleti and Real Madrid who play each other on Saturday.
Kick off at 19:45 on Sunday.