Athletic Bilbao vs Deportivo

Athletic Bilbao meet Deportivo La Coruna after enduring an extraordinarily tumultuous midweek – despite not kicking a ball.

Los Leones were at the airport all set to fly out to Tel-Aviv on Wednesday when their Europa League game against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona was postponed, due to security concerns related to the on-going conflict in Gaza.

And in their inactivity their elimination from the tournament that they so excelled in last year was confirmed, Lyon and Sparta Prague’s draw ending their hopes of last 32 qualification.

Even then, that was the only second most dramatic event that befell them this week, striker Fernando Llorente snubbing a Press conference in favour of doing a TV interview which produced some frank quotes.

“I’m tired of saying sorry. I’ve had difficult moments and at times it’s got me down.”

Fortunately for the Basque side visitors Depor have more than a few problems of their own, the financially troubled Galicians sitting third bottom after last Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Levante.

“Everyone should be confident that the club has all it needs and is much more viable than people think,” reassured President Augusto Lendoiro.

Kick off: Sunday November 25, 16.00 (BST)