Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Monday’s football game between Girona and Athletic Bilbao will bring down the curtain on the La Liga round 14. The Catalans are eager to retain top position in the standings, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the league leaders. Keep in mind that the likes of Savio, Borja Garcia, Juan Carlos, Joel Roca Casals, Ricard Artero, and Toni Villa remain on the sidelines with injuries.
The Basques, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 4-3 win over Celta Vigo, with Alex Berenguer scoring a late winner from the penalty spot. Given Bilbao’s attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Both Ander Herrera and Yeray Alvarez are sidelined with injuries, while Yuri Berchiche is a major doubt and he will be assessed ahead of the kick-off. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Inaki Williams, who scored the winning goal for Ghana in the World Cup qualifier against Madagascar.
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.