Our match prediction:
Basque side are coming off from a disappointing Europa League loss at Sassuolo, with the Italian team recording a clear-cut 3-0 victory over Ernesto Valverde’s men. Having finally managed to claim three points last weekend at Deportivo La Coruna thanks to a 1-0 triumph, Athletic Bilbao got back to losing ways and will be under huge pressure to beat Valencia on Sunday. Bilbao kicked of the new 2016-17 season with back-to-back defeats to Gijon and Barcelona, respectively, and will be keen to move up the ladder from 14th place. Valencia are coming to town on the back of even worse start to La Liga campaign with Los Che notching three consecutive defeats. Things have gone from bad to worse with two radical fan groups threatening and intimidating supporters during home games in order to prevent them from cheering the club. The LFP has expressed its support to the club following pressure threats and coercion, so it fair to say that Valencia will have plenty on their mind coming into this game we predict they will not be able to win.
Highligted Player (Aduriz):
Aritz Aduriz is another Spanish footballer that can be placed in the late bloomers category, having played his best football after the age of 30. The cultured striker has spent his entire career in native Spain, and he was showing promise from the moment he first tasted senior football. The Basque forward arrived at Athletic Bilbao via Aurrera and Bilbao Athletic, but the first spell at San Mames proved quite disappointing and he went on to kick-start his career at Real Valladolid. Aduriz later returned to Athletic Bilbao to score 22 goals in 82 league outings, and then represented Mallorca and Valencia before returning for the third spell. Little did he know that it would prove to be the most successful stint of his career, with the forward producing some amazing displays in La Liga and Europa League, scoring over 95 goals in first four years upon rejoining los Leones. That proved enough for the striker to end a six-year exile from the national team as Aduriz featured in March 2016 friendlies vs Italy and Romania, scoring on his return against the Azzurri to prove age should not matter when the quality is there.
Highlighted Team (Valencia):
Valencia CF was founded on May 10, 1919 in Torino Bar, Valencia . The first president and co - founder was Octavio Augusto Milego Díaz . In the past, Valencia knew great successes . These Included the Dutchman Faas Wilkes whose dribbling skills, fans in Mestalla enjoyed . Unfortunately, Valencia is also known for its financial problems . This means the cant always maintain their self - trained players(Villa, Silva, Mata and Alba) . Due to the financial problems they often have to sell their best players . However, despite the difficult financial times Valencia always been struggling along in the top of the Primera DivisionDespite the financial problems Valencia able to be among the top teams of the Primera Division every season . Almost every year Valencia lose one of its stalwarts on good scouting and targeted acquisitions, yet Valencia always manages to stay at the top . Once Valencia can get the financial problems behind them they will really become a top European team !