Liverpool vs Athletic Bilbao
Date: Saturday, August 5th 2017
Kick-off at 17:15 UK / 18:15 CET
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
The famous English side will take on Athletic Bilbao as part of the preseason preparation.
The forthcoming clash in Dublin is Liverpool’s last game ahead of the new season, so we can expect Jürgen Klopp to field his optimal XI.
The Reds had an excellent preparatory period so far. They beat Sydney FC as part of the Australian tour, followed by victories over Tranmere and Wigan.
The Reds won Premier League Asia Trophy by beating Crystal Palace and Leicester City FC, but they also participated in another friendly tournament in Munich. They completely outplayed Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena with 0-3. Mohammad Salah proved that he is a perfect addition to the squad and he is already gaining chemistry with his teammates.
In Audi Cup finals, Liverpool were beaten by Atletico Madrid in the penalty shoot-out.
The Basque side started their preseason with the clash with Swiss champions, FC Basel. Unsurprisingly, they were beaten with 3-2, but they immediately improved their form after facing another Swiss team (2-0 Sion).
Before facing Dinamo Bucuresti in UEFA Europa League qualification, Bilbao bested Club Brugge KV and lost to Valladolid.
Since the Spanish side is amidst the crucial EL qualification tie, it’s likely that they will field their B team in the friendly with the Reds.
Liverpool vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head
The two sides will collide for the very first time.
Liverpool vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Since Liverpool are finishing up their preseason, Klopp will be hoping his best XI will put up a show for the crowd in Dublin in order to raise the team spirit ahead of the Premier League start and more importantly, Champions League qualification.
On the other hand, Athletic must beat Dinamo Bucuresti as the penultimate step towards the second-best European club competition, so Ziganda won’t risk anything against Liverpool.
Liverpool vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
The first bet will be Liverpool to win.
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