Levante vs Athletic Bilbao predictions, H2H and match preview for this evening’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the Basque giants target a first win since match-day one.
DATE/TIME – Monday 3rd December, 21:00 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Estadi Ciutat de València
COMPETITION – La Liga
This could be a very decent offering of Monday night football as Athletic Bilbao travel to Valencia to take on Levante. The Basques are desperately in need of their first league win since the opening day of the season and they will fancy they could just get it here on a ground that has been kind to them in the past.
Athletic sank into La Liga’s relegation zone last weekend with a slightly fortunate draw at home to Getafe. They named a really strong side in the Copa Del Rey in midweek and their 4-0 hammering of Huesca could just prove a real turning point in their season. Athletic Club fans would have been delighted to see veteran striker Aritz Aduriz back on the scoresheet with two goals. He should be rewarded with another start here and with the likes of Inaki Williams, Iker Munain and Raul Garcia playing off him, there are goals in this side. They certainly have enough about them to cause real problems for a shaky Levante defence.
The hosts have Jose Luis Morales back from a ban though. The speedy forward is one of their main assets and will fancy he can get in behind an Athletic defence, that is a bit short on numbers with Yuri suspended and Mikel Balenziaga carrying an injury. Inigo Martinez may need to shuffle across to left-back and that could cause a bit of uncertainty in a back four that hasn’t exactly convinced this season.
Therefore we have reason to expect goals here. A point isn’t much use to Athletic and they should come targeting the win, which might just suit Levante, who are more comfortable when teams come onto them, allowing them to operate effectively on the break. All things considered, we could be in for a very decent end-to-end contest.
Levante vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions
Score Prediction: 3-2 Athletic
Goals look like they could be the order of the day but there’s reason to fancy Athletic to finally end their long winless league run. With 3 wins from their last 4 trips to Levante, they certainly like it here. At times this season, Levante have been all over the place defensively at home, conceding 3 in 10 minutes against Sociedad and 6 in an hour against Sevilla. The Basques haven’t shown it often enough this term, but they do have the players to take advantage of that.
Levante vs Athletic Bilbao H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 4 Athletic Wins, 1 Levante Win, 1 Draw.
- Both meetings last term produced away wins, with Athletic 3-1 winners here.
- Athletic have a great recent record on this ground, taking 10 points from their last 4 visits.
- Levante’s last home win over Athletic was a 3-1 success in January 2013.
One to Watch – Aritz Aduriz
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Athletic’s veteran striker bagged a brace in the Copa del Rey and should get another start here. It’ll be interesting to see how he goes as he looks to prove he can still be a force in La Liga at the grand old age of 37.
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Predicted Line Ups
Olazabal – Cabaco, Rodriguez, Pier – Coke, Jason, Campana, Bardhi, Tono – Morales, Roger Marti (3-5-2)
Athletic Club Team:
Herrerin – Marcos, Alvarez, Nolaskoain, Martinez – Muniain, San Jose, Etxeberria – Williams, Aduriz, Garcia (4-3-3)