Athletic Club — Villarreal CF GAMETHREAD – Villarreal USA



Villarreal is in the Basque Country to face Los Leones, the Athletic Club de Bilbao team coached by Marcelino. They, like Villarreal, are having an average start to the league, mainly because they only lost once, but failed to win as much as to draw. And a lot of their problem comes down to scoring goals – they only have 7 in 9 games, Villarreal only have 9 in the league themselves, of course.

With Marcelino you know what you will get. He lines up his squad in a 4-4-2, and as the Bilbao side don’t enter the transfer market much due to their commitment to raising their own players, most of the names on the roster sound familiar to you. Dani Vivian, a 22-year-old center-back, played for their B team for several years and was loaned to Mirandés last season.

Iker Muniain is their main creator, Iñaki Williams their main threat and Unai Simon their young guardian. Expect it to be a close game as always – the home side offering threats in the air, especially set pieces, and physique on defense, and Muniain threatens them with deep balls or passes. precise in the area. They haven’t played since October 1, so they should be well rested, if not a little rusty.

Villarreal of course comes off a big midweek victory in Switzerland, although I think we all agree that the score was a bit flattering! The good news for Submarine fans is that Gerard Moreno appears to be in good health and has scored in his last two games.

All-time records: Villarreal did not do bad at San Mamés, with a league record of 6 wins, 7 draws, 8 losses; last year this match ended 1-1, Gérard and Alex Berenguer as scorers. This assembly has generally been weak and tight; the exceptions were 2018 (Villarreal won 3-0, the first goal being Pablo Fornals’ lob over Simón) and 2015 (4-0 in favor of the home side; it was the last game of the season).

And so, today’s queues:

Athletic club: Simon; Lekue, Vivian, Iñigo Martinez, Balenziaga; Berenguer, Dani García, Vencedor, Muniain; Raul Garcia, Iñaki Williams

(I don’t have their sublist)

Villarreal: (4-3-3) Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Pau, Estupiñan, Capoue, Coquelin, Parejo, Danjuma, Gérard, Yeremy.

Submarines: Asenjo; Mario, Paco, Iborra, Samu, Dani Raba, Alberto Moreno, Ruben Peña, Mandi, Moi, Pedraza, Serge Aurier (number 25)

We could use three points today ……


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