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La Liga / Espanyol Vs Athletic Club 14.01 [Copy Link]

Match: Spain La Liga / Espanyol Vs Athletic Club

Espanyol: Back-to-back away wins (Recent Form: WWLWDL)
Espanyol are on 14th place in La Liga with 23 points (6 wins, 5 draws, 7 losses; goal difference 15:21). They are currently 8 points ahead of drop zone, whereas the distance to cup places is 5 points at the moment. ‘Los Pericos’ have been struggling on the road this season, but this week they’ve got 2 away victories. Firstly, Espanyol beat Malaga (1:0) in La Liga and then they defeated Levante (2:0) in Copa del Rey, advancing to the quarter-finals of this competition where they are going to face Barcelona. Espanyol take on Athletic on Sunday. Espanyol have collected 16 points in 9 home matches to date (5 wins, 1 draw, 3 defeats; goal difference 9:6). David Lopez and Javi Fuego are suspended.
Probable line-ups: Pau; Javi Lopez, Oscar Duarte, Hermoso, Aaron; Victor Sanchez, Granero, Darder, Gerard; Leo Baptistao, Sergio Garcia

Athletic Club: In good shape (Recent Form: WWDWWD)

Athletic sit on 9th position in the standings with 24 points (6 wins, 6 draws, 6 defeats; goal difference 20:19). They are now 4 points short of 6th Villarreal (Europa League qualification). Team is in good shape these days – 3 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses in last 5 league matches. Now it’s time for away encounter. Athletic have collected 11 points in 9 games on the road (3 wins, 2 draws, 4 losses; goal difference 13:14). Kepa, Balenziaga, De Marcos, Muniain are sidelined with injuries.
Probable line-ups: Herrerin; Lekue, Nunez, Laporte, Saborit; Iturraspe, Rico; William, Raul Garcia, Susaeta; Aduriz


All in all, I believe that visitors are favourites of this clash. Espanyol had a busy schedule this week, whereas Athletic had more time for preparations for this match. In my opinion visitors may be able to get a positive result.

Espanyol VS Athletic Club

Pick: Athletic Club +0 @2.11


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