Valencia - Athletic Bilbao prediction
In this 1/4-final pair of the King's Cup, the teams of Valencia and Athletic Bilbao will compete.
The Bats last won this trophy in 2019.
Bilbao is in 2nd place in terms of cups won in this tournament after Barca. But their last one dates back to 1984.
Valencia are far from their best years, when they were a regular participant in European tournaments, including the Champions League.
According to Gattuso, this tournament is a very good opportunity for his team to return to the European stage.
To do that, of course, the Bats have to reach the final and win it.
In my opinion, they have a great chance to win today.
Athletic Bilbao are off guard after going 0-2-2 in their last 4 La Liga games.
And they will probably direct their efforts precisely in the championship, at the expense of the Copa del Rey.
My prediction is for minimal success for Valencia.
Valencia - statistics and info
Gennaro Gattuso's side took part in the Spanish Super Cup earlier this month.
Having lost to Real Madrid on penalties in the semi-finals.
But managed to secure a place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals after a 4-0 win over Gijon last week.
Edinson Cavani scored twice, while Justin Kluivert and Samuel Lino also scored.
Thus, Valencia progressed comfortably in the cup.
But in the La Liga championship, things are not smooth sailing for the Bats. And they are having another disappointing season.
Alternating strong games with mediocre results.
The latest of which was the 2-2 draw at home to Almeria three days ago.
In this way, Gennaro Gattuso's team is only 3 points away from the danger zone .
Athletic Bilbao - statistics and info
Athletic Bilbao made a very good start to the Primera Division season.
The Basques won 16 points out of a possible 21 in the first 7 rounds.
But then some serious breakdown happened to them.
And from the end of September until now they have only 2 successes in 11 league games played .
The last two of them ended in unpleasant losses:
- 1-3 against local rivals Real Sociedad
- 0-2 against champions Real Madrid
In the Copa del Rey tournament, Ernesto Valverde's men eliminated 3 opponents to reach the quarter-finals.
These were the amateur Sestao River Club and Eldense, as well as the elite Espanyol.
Athletic Bilbao still has a chance to reach the Euro-quotas in La Liga.
But the King's Cup is also a convenient opportunity for the team to do so.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Mamardashvili; Fulquier, Paulista, Diacabi, Gaia; Moussa, Guillaume, Almeida; Kluivert, Cavani, Lino
Injured: Gonzalez, Domenech, Correa (questionable)
Lineup: Simon; De Marcos, Alvarez, Vivian, Yuri; D. Garcia, Vesga; I. Williams, Sunset, N. Williams; Guruzetta
Matches Valencia - Athletic Bilbao
|LL||21/08/22||Bilbao 1:0 Valencia|
|LL||07/05/22||Bilbao 0:0 Valencia|
|KK||02/03/22||Valencia 1:0 Bilbao|
|KK||10/02/22||Bilbao 1:1 Valencia|
|LL||25/09/21||Valencia 1:1 Bilbao|
|LL||07/02/21||Bilbao 1:1 Valencia|