Prematch: Athletic Club vs Sevilla

Sevilla are looking to extend their unbeaten run in Thursday’s clash against Athletic Club

Published: April 25, 2023 00:15



La Liga
27 Apr 22:00

In short

After defeating Almeria on Tuesday night, Los Leones look to extend their unbeaten streak against Sevilla FC on Thursday at 21:00 (GMT+1) at San Mames. Athletic Club vs Sevilla FC kicks off at 21.00 (GMT+1).

Athletic Club Streak Unbeaten League Run to Five with 2-1 Win Over Almeria

Athletic Club extended their unbeaten league streak to five after defeating Almeria by 2-1 at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos on Tuesday evening. Nico Williams [9′] and Oscar de Marcos [56′] scored to give Los Leones a two-goal lead before Alex Centelles pulled one back for Almeria at 90’+2. Athletic held on for victory. The Lions currently hold 46 points from 13 wins, 7 draws, and 10 losses to sit seventh on La Liga’s table and can become only the sixth team since April 2017 to record four consecutive league victories by beating Sevilla on Thursday. Los Leones have lost each of their last four La Liga matches played on Thursdays, failing to score in each case. After failing to win any of their last three matches against Sevilla [0W, 1D & 2L], home side are on course for their longest winless run since 2010. Ernesto Valverde deployed a 4–2–3–1 formation against Almeria that featured Gorka Guruzeta up front, which may well be repeated against Sevilla on Thursday. Oier Zarraga and Mikel Vesga have both been suspended after collecting too many yellow cards; Iker Muniain remains out due to an injury, while Inigo Lekue and Jon Morcillo remain doubtful for this midweek matchup.

Sevilla Secure Important Victory Over Villarreal, Set to Face Leones on Thursday

Sevilla earned an important win last weekend against Villarreal, defeating them 2-1. Rafa Mir gave Sevilla the early advantage before Pau Torres equalised for Villarreal before Youssef En-Nesyri [90’+4] scored late to seal Los Nervionenses victory. Sevilla gained 38 points after this win and now sit 12th with 38 overall, having won 10 matches, 8 draws, and 12 losses (W12W8D12L). Since Jose Luis Mendilibar took over management of Sevilla back in March they remain unbeaten with four victories two draws and no losses thus far this season [4W 2D 0L]. Now at Sevilla, the 62-year-old manager aims to lead them towards mid-table completion while taking great pleasure in winning their seventh UEFA Europa League crown after beating Manchester United into the semi-finals. Sevilla are currently on a four-game unbeaten streak [LWDWW], hoping to extend it after Thursday’s match by remaining unbeaten in three away La Liga games played on this day [2W, 1D & 0L]. A 4–2–3-1 formation should be utilized against the Lions with Rafa Mir likely leading their attack; Teixeira Marcao and Joan Jordan will miss due to injuries.

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