In this piece, we will update you on Elche vs Athletic Bilbao match. Elche is still looking for their first win of the 2022-23 La Liga season as they take on Athletic Bilbao at home on a Sunday afternoon.
While everything is going on, Athletic will be traveling to Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero to improve their position in the rankings and move into the top six.
Elche vs Athletic Bilbao Match Preview
Ernesto Valverde would have seen the potential for Athletic Bilbao to establish themselves towards the top of the league after being given a favorable fixture schedule upon his return to San Mames.
Los Leones were able to capture seven points and allow no goals in their first three encounters, setting them up for a successful home match against Espanyol.
Despite playing a team that also was aiming for its first victory of the year, Athletic nonetheless lost by a score of 1-0 due to a late goal from Martin Brathwaite.
While the loss certainly slowed their momentum, Valverde will remind his team that they can still make a push for the playoffs in their last three games.
After this game, Bilbao will host Rayo Vallecano and Almeria, so they can’t afford to get too caught up in the moment just because they defeated Elche.
In their third year back in the top division, Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero had higher hopes after finishing the 13th previous season.
Although they have played in 12 games, Los Franjiverdes have only picked up 1 point thus far thanks to a home draw against Almeira on August 22.
With losses to Real Betis, Real Sociedad, and Villarreal on the record, the match included their lone goal of the season.
Elche is under pressure to get back on track this Sunday before their trip to Camp Nou next weekend, so they’ll be hoping Athletic’s disappointment from last weekend spills over into this one.
Elche vs Athletic Bilbao Team News
After Elche’s embarrassing loss to Villarreal last weekend, both Gerard Gumbau and Roger Marti are lobbying for a spot in the starting lineup.
However, if Pol Lirola is still out with an injury, the defense may stay the same despite the anticipated departures of Raul Guti and Lucas Boye.
The loss against Espanyol came after changes were made to Athletic’s starting lineup, so Valverde may be willing to keep things as they are.
Although veteran attacker Raul Garcia has seen action in all four games so far, he is not set to be given the nod to start for the first time this season.
If he can recover from a foot ailment, Yuri Berchiche might be recalled.
- Starting Lineups for Elche May Look Like This: Badia, Palacios, Roco, Bigas, Clerc, Morente, Gumbau, Mascarell, Collado, Ponce, Marti.
- Starting Lineups for Athletic Bilbao May Look Like This: Simon, Marcos, Vivian, Alvarez, Lekue, Berenguer, Sancet, Vesga, Muniain, I. Williams, N. Williams.
Our Prediction: Elche 0-1 Athletic Bilbao
Given that each club has only scored once and each team has only given up one goal, this might turn into one-way traffic. However, we believe that Elche will maintain its level of competition throughout the match, even though it may ultimately lose by a slim margin of points.
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