Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid, Athletic Club will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they take on Las Palmas on Matchday 18. The Lions are eyeing their fourth consecutive win at home and they are seen as hot favourites to beat La Union Deportiva at San Mames. Barring any fresh injury worries, Ernesto Valverde is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated los Rojiblancos at the weekend.
Las Palmas, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous three league matches, but Athletic Bilbao will pose a much bigger threat for the visitors that their previous rivals. Defender Sergi Cardona is back from suspension, while both Fabio Gonzalez and Jonathan Viera are out of contention with injuries. Last time out the two sides played out a goalless draw in the Basque Country, but home win should be considered this time out as Ernesto Valverde’s men have been producing excellent displayhs at home of late.
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 (Las Palmas):
Las Palmas are a Spanish football club based in the Canary Islands. The club was founded on 22 August, 1949. Los Amarillos play in Spanish La Liga and the team’s home ground is Estadio Gran Canaria. The stadium was opened in 2003 and it’s current capacity is 32,150. Miguel Angel Ramirez is the club’s chairman and the club’s main rivals are Tenerife.
Las Palmas impressed in the 2015/2016 La liga campaign, with the team finishing the season in 11th place in the standings. However, it has to be noted that los Amarillos finished the 1968/1969 Primera Division campaign in second place in the table, 11 points behind Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Speaking of Copa del Rey, Las Palmas made it to the final of the Spanish Cup in 1978. Las Palmas eliminated Sporting Gijon in the semis (5-3), but Barcelona outplayed los Amarillos in the title game (3-1).