Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs. Celta Vigo – prediction, team news, lineups

Athletic Bilbao will be aiming for a third consecutive win in all competitions as they resume their La Liga campaign at home to Celta Vigo on Friday night.

Ernesto Valverde’s team is currently in fifth position with 21 points from 12 games, while Celta is struggling in 18th place, having collected only seven points from their first 12 matches.

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Athletic Bilbao had a thrilling 3-2 win over Villarreal last weekend, with an almost dramatic ending after a three-goal lead turned into a narrow finish.

The team has recorded six wins, three draws, and three defeats in their 12 league matches this season, leaving them in a good position in the table with 21 points.

On the other hand, Celta Vigo drew 1-1 with Sevilla, and has had a rough start to the season with just one win in the league so far, leaving them in the 18th position with seven points.

Athletic Bilbao form (all competitions):

Celta Vigo form (all competitions):

Team News

Athletic Bilbao's Inaki Williams reacts on February 19, 2023© Reuters

Athletic will be without three players – Raul Garcia, Ander Herrera, and Yeray Alvarez – due to injuries. There’s a doubt over Yuri Berchiche’s availability, likely to be replaced by Lekue.

For Celta, Joseph Aidoo remains out with a knee injury, while Mihailo Ristic and Renato Tapia are also absent.

Athletic Bilbao possible starting lineup:
Simon; De Marcos, Vivian, Paredes, Lekue; Vesga, Ruiz de Galarreta; I Williams, Sancet, N Williams; Guruzeta

Celta Vigo possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Mingueza, Starfelt, Nunez, M Sanchez; Perez, Beltran, Sotelo, Bamba; Aspas, Larsen

We say: Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Celta Vigo

Celta has the potential to cause problems for Athletic, but the latter is expected to secure another win, maintaining their push towards the champions league positions. To learn the most likely results and more, visit this link.

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