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Villarreal vs Athletic Club: La Liga Gamethread

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Unai Emery’s men take on Inaki Williams and company.

ESP: Villarreal CF-Real Madrdd. La Liga Santander. Photo by /Pressinphoto/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Judging by the absolute fit our internet is throwing over me simply trying to open our publishing tool for the site, I may not be able to watch this one. That said, with Sevilla winning and Atleti up 1-0 on Real Sociedad at the moment I type this, situationally this would be a very nice three points to have.

Lineups

Pedraza starts, which I think gives us the option of unleashing a fresh Pervis on them at the hour mark and that could well pay off in a goal for us. Foyth starts at the base of the midfield, so hat tip to everyone who told me in the comments of the preview that he would start over Costa. I just figured Unai might ride experience against a tougher opponent. We’ll need another good run out from Fer Nino, who has a big opportunity in these next few weeks to really carve out a first team role. I, for one, am thrilled to have Moi back in the lineup, I think that should add stability in possession as well as someone who will tuck in and let Pedraza and Pervis maraud.

Raul Garcia starts out on the bench here, so it will be interesting how that plays out. He got red carded in the first quarter hour of his last appearance. This is a very beatable XI from Athletic Club, hopefully we can take care of business.

Thoughts?

Let us know what you think about all the action below. Endavant Villarreal!