Preview: Sevilla-Athletic

Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao both go into Saturday’s encounter at the Sanchez Pizjuan, hoping to prove they have finally turned corners.

Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella on his side’s lack of goals: “Certainly we’re not clinical enough yet, but it’s not because we don’t want to be.

“If we want to go up the table, we have to be more accurate in front of goal. We have great players in attack, but it’s clear that if we get them to be more clinical, everything will be better.”

Athletic boss Kuko Ziganda on the possibility of beating the Andalusians: “Winning would be a big result because we know what kind of team Sevilla are.

“It would reinforce our recent improvement, be good for our confidence and confirm the things that we want to feel.”

Sevilla (probable): Sergio Rico; Layun, Mercado, Lenglet, Escudero; Sarabia, Banega, N’Zonzi, Correa; Franco Vazquez; Muriel

Injuries/suspensions: Jesus Navas, Corchia (I)

Athletic Bilbao (probable): Kepa; De Marcos, Yeray, Inigo, Saborit; San Jose, Benat; Susaeta, Williams, Cordoba; Aduriz

Injuries/suspensions: Balenziaga, Mikel Rico, Muniain (I)

Referee: Undiano Mallenco

Form guide: Sevilla – 5th (W L W W L) Athletic – 12th (D W L D L)

Previous meeting: Athletic 1-0 Sevilla

Venue: Sanchez Pizjuan

Kick-off time: 15:15 GMT/16:15 local time