Athletic Bilbao are likely to name an unchanged side that beat Villarreal at the weekend, with striker Aritz Aduriz set to spearhead the attack for Los Leones, who smashed five during a stellar 5-3 home win over Genk in the Europa League earlier this month.
On the injury front, the hosts remain without midfielder Etxeita who is suffering with groin problem, and is joined by defender Oscar de Marcos with a foot injury.
Meanwhile, Sassuolo make the trip to Spain without forwards Matteo Palitano (ankle injury) and Domenico Berardi who is ruled out for up to 2-3 weeks with a knee injury.
Gregoire Defrel was on target during the 2-2 draw against Rapid Vienna three weeks prior, and he’s likely to lead the frontline once again on Thursday, who’s scored five goals for Neroverdi this season.
Athletic Bilbao are back in Europa League action this week, when they take on Serie A side Sassuolo at the Estadio San Mamés on Thursday night.
Ernesto Valverde’s men head into the match following a 1-0 home victory over Villarreal on Sunday, thanks to a second half strike from Raul Garcia.
It extends the Rojblancos unbeaten run to five matches on home soil, and they will be clear cut favourites for victory again in midweek, who are unbeaten in their last six home matches in the Europa League group stages.
Spain’s veteran striker Aritz Aduriz will be the man to watch at the San Mames, who is the hosts all time leading goal-scorer in Europe with 21 goals, and is looking to add to his five goals already scored in the competition this season.
On the other hand, Sassuolo come into the game in poor form having not won any of their last seven matches, after throwing away a 2-0 lead at the weekend to lose 3-2 against Sampdoria.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s side sit bottom of Group F, picking up only five points from their opening four matches, however, they’ll have fond memories during their last encounter when they beat Bilbao 3-0 back in September.
Kepa (GK), Boveda, Alvarez, Laporte, Balenziaga, Rico, Vesga, Garcia. Muniain, Williams, Aduriz
Consigli (GK), Gazzola, Antei, Acerbi, Peluso, Mazzitelli, Missiroli, Pellegrini, Ragusa, Defrel, Ricci