La Liga Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs. Levante

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Updated: August 28, 2014

Match Date: 30 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: San Mames

 

An exhilarating atmosphere lingers within the walls of San Mames as Athletic Bilbao sealed its first Champions League qualification. The victory gave the club a renewed confidence that will definitely propel them to success when they go against Levante.

 

The contenders

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao debuted the season with a narrow defeat to Malaga last week. It was a devastating result considering their ambitions of securing a stronger finish. Speculations have it that the said outcome might affect their performance in the Champions League, but they proved all of their detractors wrong.

 

A double from Aritz Aduriz sealed the squad’s equalizer and the lead. But it seemed that Ibai Gomez remained dissatisfied with their advantage. On the 74th, Gomez eventually destroyed Napoli’s hopes of playing in the celebrated tournament.

 

Pitted against Levante, the latter will definitely have a hard time catching up as it seemed that Athletic’s fire and desire to win has not yet subsided.

 

Levante

Levante also suffered a defeat during its first match. However, it is less likely that it will have its redemption soon. As mentioned, its opponent is still on a high after securing an important victory.

 

The club will have to raise the bar higher in terms of their performance if it is determined to outlast its opponents.

 

Possible head turners

Aritz Aduriz is expected to draw the crowd for Athletic Bilbao. The squad needs its scoring antics to ensure their spot in La Liga’s elite.

 

As for Levante, many are waiting for Tono Garcia to explode in the pitch. The newly-signed midfield has long been a target of Levante and his presence will definitely give more depth to the team.

 

What the odds say

It does not take a genius to see that Athletic is the match’s ultimate online betting favorite. The club is valued to win at 1.32 in the sports betting site, 12BET.

 

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