KICK off: 7 February after 22:00
Team news: Athletic could be without the services of Unai Vencedor and Nico Williams on Monday through injury, but the home side are otherwise in excellent shape heading into the contest. Berenguer’s late goal against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey could earn the Spaniard a start, while Mikel Balenziaga is pushing to feature at left-back for the home side. Head coach Marcelino could also decide to freshen his midfield on Monday, with Oier Zarraga potentially replacing Mikel Vesga to feature alongside Dani Garcia. As for Espanyol, Yangel Herrera is a doubt through injury, while the visitors will definitely be without leading goalscorer Raul de Tomas through suspension. De Tomas’s absence, which is a huge blow for the Catalan outfit, could open the door for Wu Lei to feature alongside Loren Moron in the final third of the field. Head coach Moreno is expected to make alterations from the disappointing loss to Betis before the break, with Adri Embarba also pushing to feature in a wide area.
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