Our match prediction:
After a confidence-restoring victory against Getafe in the previous round (1-0), Athletic Bilbao await Villarreal hoping to continue their winning run against El Submarino Amarillo on home turf. Los Leones are putting up rather good performances in Primera at San Mames of late, they are on a seven-game undefeated streak and have been scoring for fun in recent home encounters, mostly thanks to Aritz Aduriz (13) and Inaki Williams (7). The dynamic duo will pose the biggest threat to Villarreal in the upcoming clash, but Marcelino’s side will certainly not be without response. El Madrigal outfit have been highly productive on their travels lately, scoring two goals in each of their last three away matches. Bearing in mind that Roberto Soldado and his teammates are trying to secure a Champions League spot this term, we predict them to bring hell on Athletic defense. If the two teams repeat the performance from the Copa del Rey earlier this season, we are in for a lot of fireworks in this clash.
Highlighted Team (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Vilarreal managed to reach the Primera Divison for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club couldnt manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Divison. In the last couple of years Villarreal deveped itself to a stable club in the Primera Divsiion. This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3th on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.