VALENCIA-ATHLETIC

Aduriz back for Athletic as Alcácer drops to Valencia bench

The Valencia and Athletic Club teams are out ahead of the LaLiga outfits' Europa League last-16 second leg, with the Basques leading 1-0.

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Aduriz back for Athletic as Alcácer drops to Valencia bench
ALBERTO IRANZO DIARIO AS

Valencia have announced their line-up for tonight's Europa League last-16 return against Athletic Club at Mestalla, with Los Che out to overturn a 1-0 deficit from last week's first leg in Bilbao.

The chief change to the side that lost Sunday's city derby with Levante sees head coach Gary Neville turn to Álvaro Negredo to spearhead the attack, with Paco Alcácer among the substitutes.

Valencia XI: Ryan, Vezo, Mustafi, Santos, Gayá, Danilo, Fuego, Gomes, Mina, Rodrigo, Negredo.

For Athletic, meanwhile, Aritz Aduriz comes back into the team after starting Los Leones' weekend victory over Real Betis on the bench, in a bid by boss Ernesto Valverde to give the 35-year-old a rest.

Athletic Club XI: Herrerín, De Marcos, Etxeita, Laporte, Balenziaga, San José, Beñat, Susaeta, Raúl García, Muniain, Aduriz.