Elche will be looking to maintain their La Liga status when they face Athletic Bilbao at Estadio Manuel Martínez on Saturday evening (17:00 UK time).
Fran Escribá’s side enter the final matchday sitting in the bottom three, but with a chance of escaping, whilst Athletic can secure another top half finish.
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Where to watch Elche vs Athletic Bilbao on TV:
- UK: LaLigaTV
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Scoreline prediction: Elche 0-2 Athletic Bilbao
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Elche vs Athletic Bilbao build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
A much needed and timely win at Cádiz last time out has reinvigorated Elche’s quest to stave off relegation and maintain their La Liga status. Fran Escribá’s men nevertheless remain in the bottom three but level on points with Huesca who sit just one place above them due to boasting a superior goal-difference. However even the side’s below them — Real Valladolid and Eibar — can still escape the drop which makes this final weekend even more fascinating. If they are to face the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid next season then Elche will need all three points. They’re currently on a two-match losing streak at home and have won just one of their previous five league games at Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero prior to Athletic’s visit.
Marcelino’s side are equally desperate for victory this weekend. Athletic go into the final La Liga matchday having failed to win any of their last three matches and since a 2-1 win over Granada in March they’ve won just two of their subsequent 12 league games albeit during this period the Basque giants suffered three losses all by a one-goal margin including last time out against defending champions Real Madrid. On the road it’s a similar miserable picture with Athletic tasting one success (0-1 at Sevilla) across seven recent outings though again they are proving difficult to beat with just two of those games (2-1 v Atletico Madrid and 1-0 v Huesca) ending in a loss.
- Elche (vs Cádiz): Gazzaniga; Barragán, González, Verdú; Josan, Mfulu, Guti, Fidel; Piatti; Milla, Boyé.
- Athletic Bilbao (vs Real Madrid): Simón; De Marcos, Álvarez, Martínez, Balenziaga; Morcillo, Vencedor, García*, Berenguer; Sancet, Williams.
Johan Mojica misses out for Elche through injury whilst Diego Gonzalez Polanco serves a suspension. There are no fewer than five Athletic players (Oier Zarraga, Yuri Berchiche, Iker Muniain, Ander Capa and Peru Nolaskoain) in the physio room. Inigo Lekue hopes to feature but Raul García is banned.
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Player to watch: Alex Berenguer (Athletic Bilbao)
This has been a challenging season for Athletic Bilbao who are the weakest scorers of those clubs sitting in La Liga’s top half (46). No fewer than 15 individuals have found the net for Marcelino’s side but none are in double figures. The last time Athletic ended a league campaign with no players reaching 10 goals was 2006/07; back then Aritz Aduriz was their leading marksman on nine goals, their current top scorer is Alex Berenguer with eight strikes. The 25-year-old though goes into this weekend’s game having scored one goal across his previous 12 appearances. It’s also worth noting Berenguer has only grabbed one brace (against Cadiz) in 34 matches heading into this weekend.
La Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Elche: WLLLW
- Athletic Bilbao: LLDWD
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