Santander League 2018-19TOSetin looks sideways at the Cup
CWhen the season started, Athletic and Betis were two of the big favorites to fight for European positions this season. A premise that those of Setin are fulfilling to rajatabla, but of which the Basque set disengaged to the first ones of change. A complicated start of courseforced him to worry more about maintaining the category than about his continental aspirations.
However, after the departure of Berizzo and the arrival of Garitano,the rojiblancos accumulate six straight games without losing in LaLiga, with three wins and three draws, that have returned to delude the parish of San Mams. A win against Betis this afternoon will put Athletic at just six points from the Europa League posts and give him a license to return to soar.
With that objective, and the desire to flee definitively from the dangerous zone of the table, the Bizkaian technician will put his eleven type in contention.Only one variation is expected with respect to the last matches, by the sanction of Beat, that can not be before your exequipo. Mikel San Jose will take his place, beating Iturraspe and Unai Lpez. For the rest, the same as always, with the possibility that Susaeta is a hole in the eleven.
The eibarrs, precisely, receive a tribute in the prolegomena of the clash. The three players with the most official games played in the history of the club, Jose Angel Iribar (614), Txetxu Rojo (541) and Joseba Etxeberria (514), will be in charge ofgive him a commemorative trophy of his 500 matches as len. These three will have to join Andoni Iraola (510), who can not go to meet in Cyprus.
Betis, meanwhile, after putting an end to a bad series of results with their triumph against Girona seven days ago,wants to give rest to several of his most habitual soccer players thinking about the return coperaof the Wednesday against Espanyol, but without losing face to LaLiga, his main goal of the season. The defeat of Getafe yesterday, in addition, will allow him to hunt down those of Bordals if they achieve the triumph and sleep again in European positions.
The Santander technician recovers Francis, Sidnei and Lo Celso, who could not be on Thursday at the RCDE Stadium, and despite the changes he has in mind, present a competitive eleven in search of what will be Betis' first victory in thenew San Mams, the only field in LaLiga that resists him, together with the Metropolitan Wanda.