Liga - Osasuna v Athletic Bilbao: LIVE

Sun, 11 Mar 22:33:00 2012

Follow live text commentary from the Liga tie between Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao at Estadio Reyno de Navarra.

2012 Europa League Athletic Bilbao - 0

TEAM NEWS

Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar has a selection crisis in attack with Ibrahima Balde and Dejan Lekic both out injured, leaving Nino as the only fit striker available. Last season's top scorer, Kike Sola, who has been sidelined since December with patellar tendinitis. Mendilibar will also be forced into changes in midfield, with Masoud Shojaei and Lolo out injured, while David Timor is suspended.

Ander Iturraspe returns from domestic suspension for Athletic, who have almost a full squad to choose from for their trip to Navarre. However, Marcelo Bielsa may rest Iker Muniain after his exertions against Manchester United.

MANAGER QUOTES

Jose Luis Mendilibar: "It is true they played very well against Manchester United. Tomorrow is another game, another story, another day, and we will fight to win."

Marcelo Bielsa: "This is always a competitive game and our level has to be high."

MATCH FACTS

Osasuna are without a win in two home meetings with Athletic (1D, 1L).

Bilbao haven’t lost any of their last five league meetings with Osasuna (4W, 1D).

Bielsa’s team have scored 18 goals in their last eight league games. Before this run, they had managed just 23 in 17 games.

The Basque side have lost two of their last four away league games (1W, 1D), as many as they had lost in the entire rest of the season.

Osasuna have won their last two home league games, they haven’t won three in a row all season.

No side has received more red cards than Bilbao this season (six, with Sevilla).

Bilbao have netted a league-high 16 headed goals in 2011/12.

Osasuna have conceded fewer goals in the first 15 minutes than any other team in La Liga this season (2).

The team from Navarra have scored just one goal from the subs bench this season – a league-low.

Susaeta has scored in two consecutive league games (as he did in 2007/08 and 2009/10), he has never scored in three in a row.

Fernando Llorente has committed more fouls than any other player in La Liga this term who hasn’t been shown a yellow card (41).

MATCH ODDS

Osasuna 8/5, Athletic Bilbao 8/5, Draw 23/10

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