Javier Mascherano gets the start over Carles Puyol, which is a sensible move considering how well Mascherano helped shut down Bilbao the last time this two teams met. No other surprises in the lineup, though Adriano did overcome an illness to make the starting eleven for Tito Vilanova.
Fernando Llorente is back on the bench after starting in the midweek with Ibai Gómez getting the start. Aritz Aduriz is back from a suspension and starts on the right. The biggest lost for Marcelo Bielsa is the absence of starting central defender and captain Carlos Gurpegui due to an injury.
Atheltic Bilbao starting lineup (4-3-3): Gorka Iaizoz; Jonás Ramalho, Borja Ekiza, Fernando Amorebieta, Jon Aurtenetxe; Ander Iturraspe, Óscar de Marcos, Ander Herrera; Markel Susaeta, Aritz Aduriz, Ibai Gómez.