Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(44) 25 Goals 33 (45)
(37) 21 Assists 26 (29)
(6.7) 6.8 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.6)
26.5 Average Age 29.6
184.1 Average Height (cm) 179.9
(0.8) 1 Shots pg 1.2 (0.9)
(49%) 52% Aerial Duel Success 47% (47%)
(0.8) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.5 (0.7)
(2.2) 1.8 Tackles pg 1.7 (1.9)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Ruiz de Galarreta Out 6.56
Carlos Gurpegi Out 6.91
Aritz Aduriz Out 6.9
Iker Muniain Doubtful 6.67
Iñigo Pérez Doubtful 6.86
Player Reason Status Rating
Diogo Salomao Out 6.33
Nélson Oliveira Out 6.32
Zé Castro Out 6.65
Carlos Marchena Out 6.81
Daniel Aranzubia Out 6.59

Team News

  • Athletic had an unexpected midweek off after their game against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona was called off due to security concerns.
  • However, results elsewhere confirmed they are now eliminated from the Europa League and must now concentrate on trying to rise up the table as they are currently still languishing in the bottom-half.
  • Top-scorer Aritz Aduriz is missing due to suspension so Fernando Llorente may be handed his first start of the season, whilst Ander Herrera and Oscar de Marcos return from their bans.
  • Fernando Amorebieta should also be fit enough to reclaim his place in defence with Borja Ekiza expected to make way.
  • Depor remain in the bottom three after another defeat at home to Levante last weekend.
  • And their case doesn't get any easier for the trip to San Mames as that game left them without their goalkeeper and two first-choice centre-backs.
  • Ayhtami and Abel Aguilar both came on to replace Carlos Marchena and Ze Castro after they went down injured last weekend and, despite not playing particularly well, Jose Luis Oltra is left with little option but to field them again.
  • German Lux will also come in for his first start of the season in place of the suspended Daniel Aranzubia.

Prediction

  • Despite the loss of Aduriz, Athletic will appear in personnel as close to the team that reached two finals last season as they have all season with the return of Llorente, Amorebieta, De Marcos and Ander and should prove too strong for a Depor side devoid of any confidence.
  • Obafemi Martins had a great amount of joy against Depor's two stand-in centre-backs last weekend so it is easy to see Llorente making the most of a rare opportunity this season to prove Marcelo Bielsa has been wrong to sideline him up until now.
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