Athletic Bilbao are winless in their last four league games and lost their last match against La Liga title holders Real Madrid 2-0 at the weekend.
Valencia play host to Athletic Bilbao in an interesting Copa del Rey quarter-final contest on Thursday night. However, the highly-anticipated clash at Mestalla is difficult to call. Both clubs are going through an inconsistent patch, with very little to separate them in the table. These clubs are not where they are usually expected to be in the standings, as they struggling near the mid-table positions at this stage of the season.
Nonetheless, the quality is there in both clubs and anything can happen on a given day. However, in order to get the victory and seal a passage into the semi-finals, both sides have to raise their games. Valencia are placed at a disappointing 12th in the standings with 20 points from 17 games. They are winless in their last three league games and are entering this match on the back of drawing against Almeria at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao are placed eight in the table with 26 points from 18 games. They are winless in their last four league games and lost their last match against La Liga title holders Real Madrid 2-0 at the weekend. In the Copa del Rey round-of-16, Athletic Bilbao got past Espanyol 1-0, while Valencia overcame Sporting Gijon 4-0.
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There are not too many injury absentees both clubs have to worry about ahead of this contest. Valencia will be missing Jaume Domenech and Nico Gonzalez. There are also question marks over Thierry Correia’s participation. On the other hand, Athletic Bilbao will miss defender Inigo Martinez for this contest. However, on a positive front, they have Yeray Alvarez available following his suspension.
Valencia possible line-up: Mamardashvili, Foulquier, Paulista, Gabriel, Gaya, Musah, Almeida, Guillamon, Kluivert, Lino, Cavani
Athletic Bilbao possible line-up: Simon, De Marcos, Alvarez, Paredes, Yuri, D. Garcia, Vesga, Sancet, N. Williams, Berenguer, I. Williams
|Real Madrid||2-1 (L)|
|La Nucia||0-3 (W)|
|Real Madrid||0-2 (L)|
|Real Sociedad||3-1 (L)|
|Last 5 match-results||Score|
|Athletic Bilbao beat Valencia||1-0|
|Athletic Bilbao draw Valencia||0-0|
|Valencia beat Athletic Bilbao||1-0|
|Athletic Bilbao draw Valencia||1-1|
|Valencia draw Athletic Bilbao||1-1|
The Copa del Rey match between Valencia and Athletic Bilbao will take place at Mestalla on Friday at 12:30 am IST.
The Copa del Rey match between Valencia and Athletic Bilbao can be seen on Movistar+, Movistar Liga de Campeones in Spain.