After failing to win in their last 5 games in La Liga, Leganes will be looking to stop their run of bad results as they will host Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque in the opening game of the 18th round of La Liga.
Leganes are sitting in 16th place in the league table with 16 points from 4 wins, 4 draws and 9 losses. They have scored 13 goals and conceded 29 since the start of the season.
Unai Bustinza is missing due to suspension for the home side, with Victor Diaz likely to play at right-back despite carrying a knock. Alberto Martin is sidelined with an injury problem, which should mean that Ruben Perez and David Timor make up the base of the midfield.
The hosts have been in a very average form in recent weeks. Leganes have drawn three straight games in the league before losing in the last one. The team have failed to win in their last 5 league games. Their last game was against Real Betis away from home where they lost 2-0.
Athletic Bilbao are sitting in 7th place in the league table with 27 points from 8 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses. They have scored 22 goals and conceded 19 since the start of the season.
Raul Garcia and Ander Iturraspe return after missing out on midweek Copa del Rey action due to suspension, with the former set to start. Iker Muniain should be drafted back in on the left-hand side of the attack, with Aritz Aduriz getting a chance from the off after starting on the bench against Barcelona.
The visitors are in a much better situation than the hosts in terms of their league position and also recent form. Athletico Bilbao have been inconsistent however in the recent games of the season. The team have collected 7 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games. Their last game was against Deportivo Alaves where both team settled for a goalless draw.
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