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Villarreal at Athletic Club: La Liga Gamethread

Unai Emery and Marcelino battle it out as both sides seek a European place.

FC Salzburg v Villarreal CF - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One Photo by Sebastian Widmann - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

You can check out our preview for this match, here. This is the exact moment in the season when balancing league and Europe is its most difficult. It’s a moment when you hate wasted opportunities for extra points up this this juncture, because holding on for a draw is so much easier (and more likely) than taking all three points. But nonetheless, here we are.

Sunday’s my busiest day of the week, but if I happen to fail to get the lineups in the article itself, someone please drop them in the comments. Keep an eye on Iker Munian, who is on fire creatively, and Inaki Williams, who I swear never stops running. I don’t really rate Williams, I think he’s overrated as a player and that he lacks a lot of end product in terms of chance creation and goalscoring, but he is fantastic at putting defenders in compromised positions that late runs from Raul Garcia and others can then take advantage of. Defending this team will require superb organization and quick reaction. They try to do their damage quickly.

Light us up in the comment section. I don’t think my ‘review’ of the comments from last match landed very well, or at least not as I intended, and I don’t want you folks to feel like your comments will be paraded and dissected on the blog unfairly so I won’t be doing that again. I want this to be a place where Villarreal fans can both vent and celebrate. Hit us with all your passion and fire as we go into what promises to be an intense match, and we’ll all hang in it together. Endavant.