Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
After failing to spoil Atletico Madrid’s party at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Athletic Bilbao will look to return to winning ways in La Liga when they welcome Girona to their Estadio San Mames on Sunday. The Basques rolled over Cadiz 4-1 in their last home game, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Girona. First-choice goalkeeper Unai Simon returns to the starting XI after he was rested against Atleti, while experienced midfielder Ander Herrera remains in the recovery room.
The Catalans, on the other hand, rolled over Almeria 6-2 in front of home fans, but given their poor away record in the 2022/2023 season (1-3-6), we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Lions. Defender Miguel Gutierrez is back from suspension, while all Yangel Herrera, Valery Fernandez, and Ibrahima Kebe are out of contention through injuries.
Highlighted Player (Iñaki Williams):
Inaki Williams is one of the most talented Spanish players. The pacey winger, who plays as a centre-forward as well, started his senior career at Basconia, scoring seven goals in 18 appearances for the club. In 2014 he moved to Athletic Bilbao, but he played for the reserve team at the beginning.
Inaki impressed in the 2014/2015 season with Athletic Bilbao B and, as a result, he was given a chance to prove his worth in the Spanish top flight with the first team. The Spanish footballer made his La liga debut on December 6, 2014, replacing injured attacker Aritz Aduriz in a 1-0 loss to Cordoba.
Inaki Williams represented Spain at the 2017 U21 European Championship in Poland and he played 20 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the final of the tournament. Speaking of the senior squad, the Athletic Bilbao footballer made his Spain debut in a 3-1 victory over Bosnia on May 29, 2016. Inaki Williams was born in Bilbao on June 15, 1994.
Highlighted Team (Girona):
After several unsuccessful attempts, finally secured promotion to Primera Division at the end of the 2016/2017 season. The Catalan outfit finished the campaign in second place in the standings, 14 points behind Levante and only two clear of third-placed Getafe. Girona play their home games at Montilivi and the capacity of the venue is 9.286.
Speaking of the club history, Girona were founded in the café Norat in La Rambla of Girona on July 23, 1930 and they played their first official game against Colonia Artigas. A number of Spanish coaches were in charge of the team in the past, but it has to be noted that Uruguayan tactician Dagoberto Moll (1965/1966) and Karoly Plattko (1948/1949) of Hungary were in charge of the club as well.
The Catalan team wear white shirts with red stripes when playing at home, while the colour of their shorts is blue. The team’s away kits are blue and black and Sporting Gijon are considered one of Girona’s fiercest rivals.