ESL Vs ATH Dream11 Team Probable Playing 11 And Match Report: Rejuvenated Espanyol look to keep scraping their way out of the bottom 3
They ended 2019 in harrowing fashion but come 2020 and Espanyol have managed to completely overhaul their unravelling form. The new year has brought with it new fortunes for the team, seeing them pull off some stunning performances to infuse fresh life into their dreary season.
Drawing 2-2 with Barcelona, the side followed the result up with a 2-1 win over Villarreal to muster up what was only their third win of the season. It took them to 14 points in the league, now the four points behind clawing their way out of a spot in the relegation zone of La Liga 2019-20.
And they’ll be looking to use that momentum garnered to throttle their way out of the bottom three when they step out to the middle today. While Athletic Bilbao won’t make for the assist of opponents for them, the fact that Bilbao are winless in their last five outings will give Espanyol much needed confidence of stringing together their third successive undefeated result today.
While Athletic Bilbao are 12 laces above Espanyol in 8th place, the side no longer carry the same threat for Espanyol as they would have a month back. They have massively regressed, seeing their failure to lay up goals hurt them badly, a set of events which sees Espanyol come into their tie as levelly balanced opponents.
We envision nothing separating these two units on the day with this affair ending in a draw.
Probable Playing 11
- Both Javi Lopez and Corchia are set to nurse their injuries for Espanyol today, ones which rule them both out for the day.
- Unai Lopez, De Marcos and Gaizka Larrazabal are all set to miss this tie for Athletic Bilbao given the players’ injury peril.
Diego Lopez, Victor Gomez, Naldo, Espinosa, Didac Vila, Oscar Melendo, Victor Sanchez, Marc Roca, Sergi Darder, Raul de Tomas, Calleri
Iago Herrerin, Ander Capa, Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Yuri, Dani Garcia, Benat, Inaki Williams, Muniain, Ibai Gomez, Raul Garcia
La Liga 2019-20
Match: Espanyol Vs Athletic Bilbao
Date And Time: 25th January, Saturday- 5:30pm IST
Venue: RCDE Stadium, Espanyol
- Victor Gomez, Didac Vila, Sergi Darder, Raul de Tomas
- Iago Herrerin, Muniain, Ibai Gomez, Raul Garcia
- Marc Roca: 2 Goals, 1 Assist
- Raul Garcia: 6 Goals, 1 Assist
Freekick and Corner Taker
- Sergi Darder
Athletic Bilbao Vs Espanyol: 3-0
ESL vs ATH Dream11 Goal-Keeper
A reason for Athletic Bilbao having let in just 14 goals this season has been due to Unai Simon. The shot topper has been impeccable for the side, immaculately parrying away the carnage of shots he’s come across to see us earmark his services for the day.
ESL vs ATH Dream11 Defenders
While the aforementioned narrative was more than enough to see us repose in the services of a slew of defenders from Athletic Bilbao, what further pushed us the side’s way was the fact that Espanyol have scored just 16 times this season. It’s something which will see Bilbao come out looking to clampdown on their opponents today and curb them from scoring.
Also, what adds to Ander Capa’s skill set are the two goals he’s scored for the side this season to see us get him in from the side along with Inigo Martinez. Elsewhere, we are also getting in a duo from Espanyol despite the side having let in 37 goals with Athletic Bilbo clearly finding it cumbersome to score goals.
They have raked up a mere 21 goals till now, something which will buoy Espanyol in their bid to pull off a cleansheet which has been extremely elusive for them till now. The narrative will see us enshrine both Victor Gomez and Didac Vila into our team for the day.
ESL vs ATH Dream11 Midfielders
At a time when Athletic Bilbao have completely lost their way in their goal scoring sojourns, Iker Muniain has kept punching above his weight. He has scored 4 times for the side this term to see us make him an instant selection.
Elsewhere, after reviving their attacking side of the goal to score four times in their last two matches, we are getting in the enigmatic duo of Victor Sanchez and Sergi Darder for the contest.
ESL vs ATH Dream11 Strikers
Athletic Bilbao might have floundered in the attacking ambit of their game but the fact that they are up against the worst defence in the league is set to act as a shot in the arm for them. We envision this being a tie where they come hot out of the blocks and try to pile on the goals, something their leading goal scorer with the 6 goals, Raul Garica-Escudero will be heavily involved in.
Inaki Williams has the four goals this season to see us rope him in as well while from the opposition, Jonathan Calleri completes our Dream 11 team.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Raul will be our captain here while Inaki is our vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.