La Liga Valencia CF v Athletic Bilbao

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2022/23 Spanish La Liga

Matchday 21

Valencia CF v Athletic Bilbao 

Estadio de Mestalla
Valencia, Spain
Saturday, 11 February 2023 
Kick-off is at 22h00  
Valencia CF will go head to head with Athletic Bilbao in a Spanish La Liga match at the Estadio de Mestalla on February 11.
Current Form
The Bats succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Girona FC away on February 5 and the defeat extended their winless run to six matches in the league.
Valencia are also winless in their last two matches at home having recorded one draw and one defeat at the Estadio de Mestalla.
While Bilbao thumped Cadiz CF 4-1 at home on February 3 as they snapped their five-match winless in La Liga having recorded two draws and three defeats.
However, the Lions remain winless in their last seven matches on the road having registered three draws and four defeats as the away side.
What Is At Stake 
Valencia are currently involved in a battle to avoid relegation from the Spanish top flight as they are currently placed 17th on the league standings.
A win over Bilbao would see the former Spanish champions move further away from the relegation zone.
On the other hand, Bilbao are placed seventh on the league standings and they are pushing to finish in the top six spots in order to secure continental football for next season.
Team News
Valencia will be without Gabriel Paulista who is suspended, while Justin Kluivert, Nico Gonzalez, Thierry Correia and Jaume Doménech are all out injured. 
While Bilbao's Ghana international Inaki Williams and Íñigo Martínez will both miss the game due to their respective injuries. 
Key Players
Edinson Cavani is the player to watchout for in the Valencia team as the Uruguayan hitman is the Bats' league top scorer having netted five goals this term and provided one assist
They will be wary of Bilbao's Ohian Sancet who grabbed a hat-trick to inspire the Lions to a victory over Cadiz and the attacking midfielder is the team's top scorer with seven league goals.

Edinson Cavani
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"It's another defeat. We leave here hurting, but we have a week ahead of us without a game during midweek," Valencia captain Jose Luis Gaya said after their defeat to Girona.
"We have to work hard and get everything clearer. We have to stick together and stay united, to be able to lift ourselves out of this situation. Unfortunately, I have already experienced situations like this. All we can do is work hard.
"We have another chance. This is the good thing about football. We came into this one off many games in a row and this free week will be good for us to work better and face the games that we have left more solidly."
Bilbao defeated Valencia 1-0 in their last meeting in La Liga and the game took place at the San Mames in Bilbao on 21 August 2022.
Therefore, the Lions are undefeated in their six league games against Valencia whose last win over Bilbao came on 28 September 2019 at the San Mames.

(Last Five La Liga Meetings)

Matches - 5
Valencia -  0
Bilbao - 1
Draws - 4

Spanish La Liga matchday 21 fixtures

Friday, February

22:00 - Cadiz CF v Girona FC

Saturday, February 11

17:15 - Almeria v Real Betis
19:30 - Sevilla FC v Real Mallorca
22:00 - Valencia CF v Athletic Bilbao

Sunday, February 12

15:00 - Getafe v Rayo Vallecano
17:15 - Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid
19:30 - Real Valladolid v Osasuna
22:00 - Villarreal CF v FC Barcelona

Monday, February 13

22:00 - RCD Espanyol v Real Sociedad

Wednesday, February 15

22:00 - Real Madrid v Elche CF

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Published: 02/07/2023