La Liga Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs. Celta Vigo

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Updated: October 14, 2014
Athletic Bilbao

Match Date: 18 October 2014 (local time)

Venue: San Mames

 

It seems that Athletic Bilbao will have a hard time qualifying for the Champions League next season. The club was unable to keep up with the demands of the said international competition that it already dropped in the top-flight league’s relegation zone.

 

Athletic Bilbao’s poor form however, is good news for Celta Vigo. Despite its disappointing loss to Villarreal, the club can be fairly considered as one of the strongest this season.

 

The contenders

Athletic Bilbao

Even the club’s President Josu Urrutia believes that Athletic Bilbao is having a hard time balancing its Champions League and domestic league responsibilities. He also admitted that they are having a hard time in motivating each other.
Due to the current issues that Athletic Bilbao encounters, one cannot help but blame Ernesto Valverde for the club’s poor form. However, its goalkeeper, Gorka Iraizoz is quick to defend their head honcho, stating that it is the players who win play in the pitch and snatch victories.

 

Celta Vigo

Eduardo Berizzo expressed his dissatisfaction over his team’s lost to Villarreal. Celta Vigo had to deal with a red card and a 2-point lead during the first half and this readily lessened their winning possibilities.

 

Nevertheless, Berizzo stressed that he was happy with how the team performed and even described them as bold and brave.

 

Possible head turners

Expect Celta Vigo’s Nolito to pose a challenge to the online betting favorite, Athletic Bilbao. His crucial passes and clinical shots could indeed, change the course of the entire match instantly.

 

Prediction

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Celta Vigo

 

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