Competition: La Liga Date: Sunday 18th September 2016 Venue: San Mames Kick-Off: 15:15 BST
Athletic Bilbao are expected to keep Kepa in goal ahead of the experienced Gorka Iraizoz, whilst Eneko Boveda should return to the back-line.
Mikel San Jose will retain his spot despite a midweek mistake and Markel Susaeta may start on the left-side ahead of Iker Muniain.
Valencia are without the injured Ezequiel Garay, whilst the suspension of Enzo Perez should see Alvaro Medran start in midfield.
Aymen Abdennour is carrying a knock and is expected to miss out.
Athletic Bilbao secured their first victory of the La Liga campaign last weekend against Deportivo but couldn’t follow that up with a positive result in the Europa League, as they fell to defeat against Sassuolo. That defeat was on the road though and Los Leones are much stronger on home soil and will be tipped as favourites for this clash.
Despite looking good in front of goal, Valencia have failed to win any of their opening three matches in La Liga and fell to a 3-2 defeat against Real Betis last weekend. That result extended their winless run in the league to six games, including the final three games of last season, and Athletic should extend that record here.
A win for Athletic will send the European hopefuls flying up the league, whilst compounding the misery for a Valencia side who would remain in the relegation zone. There is certainly a lot to fix for the visitors and it’s unlikely they’ll land a positive result in their trip to the Basque county.
Kepa, De Marcos, Boveda, Laporte, Balenziaga, Benat, San Jose, Williams, Garcia, Susaeta, Aduriz
Alves, Cancelo, Santos, Mangala, Gaya, Medran, Suarez, Parejo, Nani, El Haddadi, Mina
Valencia have lost their last six matches in La Liga.
Athletic are undefeated in their last five home matches against Valencia in La Liga.