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Attention! Midweek league game! As we're used to off course kickoff will be at 10pm, this time not on Monday but tomorrow, on Thursday. :rolleyes:

For the first time since 1989 Elche will visit Bilbao. In total they came 20 times to La Catedral and lost 15 times while 5 matches ended in a draw. That means we're unbeaten in San Mamés, hopefully we can continue this in the new stadium. In 1969 we won the cup versus them.

This season they're doing pretty well for a newcomer. They're on the 12th place with 12 points, we're on the 5th place with 7 more points...
 

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Iraizoz doesn't make the list injured, Guillermo left out due to Muniain and Ibai's recovery:

Iago Herrerín, Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Aymeric Laporte, Mikel San José, Andoni Iraola, Carlos Gurpegi, Borka Ekiza, Mikel Balenziaga.
Beñat Etxebarria, Ander Iturraspe, Óscar de Marcos, Markel Susaeta, Mikel Rico, Ander Herrera.
Gaizka Toquero, Ibai Gómez, Iker Muniain, Aritz Aduriz.

Suspended: -
Injured: Gorka Iraizoz
Out: Xabi Etxeita, Unai Albizua, Enric Saborit, Erik Morán, Guillermo Fernández.

Probable XI:

Iago Herrerín

Andoni Iraola - Carlos Gurpegi - Aymeric Laporte - Mikel Balenziaga

Ander Iturraspe - Mikel Rico

Markel Susaeta - Óscar de Marcos - Iker Muniain

Aritz Aduriz​
 

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San José has been used as a substitute midfielder in the last two games, somewhat reassuring. In the four games we used him as CB we conceded 8 goals. If we don't count the Real Madrid game we have only conceded two goals in the other five games without Mikel in central defense. Still, the nonexisting unobligatory rotation in defense will punish us very soon.

Some players deserve a chance to prove themselves, some deserve a rest, some do not deserve to be in the starting line up. In my opinion it's very similar to Bielsa, he has a plan for every players position, but the individual mistakes makes the tactic impossible and in every game Valverde has had to make extremely important tactical changes, offensive or defensive.

We've also been lucky that our opponents have been very inefficient and I would like to see Ekiza, Albizua and Etxeita very soon. All four defenders that seem to be the starters have experienced trouble with injuries in the last year, what happens if two of them are unavailable? San José and Saborit are the only ones that's played more than Ekizas 36 minutes and we know what their defending looks like.
 

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Looks like San José will start next to Laporte... Beñat & Itu ahead of them, Itu usually doesn't play two good games in a row and Beñat failed with everything he tried against Villarreal, leaving a lot of responsibility on Iago, Iraola and Balenziaga. Susa-Ander-De Marcos attacking midfielders behind Aduriz.

With Ekiza, Gurpegi, Rico, Ibai, Muniain and Toquero on the bench we have a great amount of options as the game develops though. There could be quite a few goals tonight.
 

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Confirmed lineup:

Iago Herrerin

Andoni Iraola - Carlos Gurpegi - Aymeric Laporte - Mikel Balenziaga

Ander Iturraspe - Mikel Rico

Markel Susaeta - Ander Herrera - Iker Muniain

Gaizka Toquero
 

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Our four most likely goalscorers on the list today are all on the bench. Susaeta should come of as soon as possible, Toquero should be moved away from his offside position.

Sorry for that incorrect starting line-up btw.
 

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Баск;12783569 said:
The only way to score a goal today is from a Corner kick. So we need San Jose. BORING BOOORING ATHLETIC
Don't forget we need Ibai, the only one capable of delivering set pieces on the pitch. :)

San Josés distribution from central midfield would open up the game somewhat, but Ibai should come on for Susaeta before anything else.
 

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Dreadful first half, and Muniain should have scored after some Seconds in the second half. Just to see Elche got the second goal. Deserved...
 
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