2014-2015 La Liga Previews: Week 12 (Part 1)

Updated: November 13, 2014
Valencia CF - Week 12

Athletic Bilbao vs. Espanyol


Match Date: 21 November 2014 (local time)

Venue: San Mames


Athletic Bilbao

Now that they’re already out of the relegation zone, there’s no reason for Athletic Bilbao to be disappointed with the even steven finish against the strong Valencia. The draw marked their 4th undefeated streak, which also propelled their rank in the mid-table. From the depths of the relegation zone, the club sits comfortably in the 11th spot and is keen on continuing their impressive performance.


Unfortunately, the club will miss their 21-year old striker, Guillermo, who suffered a hamstring injury during the Valencia face-off. The club is still waiting for reports on how long he (Guillermo) will be sidelined.



Although satisfied with his side’s last minute equalizer, Espanyol’s head honcho, Sergio Gonzalez was critical of the club’s poor performance in the first half. Gonzalez stressed that hesitation prevented his players from stepping up in the challenge.


Nevertheless, he will be capitalizing on the international break to prepare for their match against the online betting favorite, Athletic Bilbao.



Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Espanyol






Valencia vs. Levante


Match Date: 23 November 2014 (local time)

Venue: Mestalla



Who wouldn’t be frustrated with incurring a stalemate in your own territory? Certainly, this situation readily reflects Nuno Espirito Santo’s feelings towards the even steven finish that transpired between Valencia and Athletic Bilbao.


Santo’s reaction transcends beyond having a wounded ego. Rather, it was a solid manifestation of one’s pure aspirations to remain competitive in a fierce league. A win could’ve propelled them to the 2nd spot—a notch better than the Catalan giant, Barcelona and an inch closer to the current league leader, Real Madrid. Unfortunately, their efforts went into waste.


Santo was a bit critical of his side’s performance, but he also pointed out to pitch problems that prevented them from exploiting their scoring opportunities. According to the manager, he will ensure that these problems are addressed immediately.


But perhaps the biggest question that Santo and his players need to answer is whether the blunder was really caused by the pitch or a performance that is slowly turning sour.



Levante continues to show improvement in its last two (2) matches. After harvesting a narrow victory against Valencia, the squad forced Sevilla into a stalemate, which ensured that they’ll not go home empty-handed.


Although the draw was impressive, Luis Alcaraz, just like Santo has other issues to deal with. As for Alcaraz, it was the high amount of stoppage time that the referee permitted during the said clash. He stressed that it wasted precious amount of time that could’ve been used more efficiently.



Valencia 3-1 Levante


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