Athletic Bilbao - Cadiz prediction
Athletic Bilbao and Cadiz will open round 20 in La Liga when they face each other at the San Mames on Friday night.
After a good start to the 2022/23 season, the Bilbao team has started to slip recently .
And their fans seem to have lost hope that they will finally be able to see their favorites in Europe.
Ernesto Valverde's squad not only remained winless in their last 5 league games (0-2-3).
But they scored only 1 goal in that period.
This happened in the 1-3 loss in the Basque derby against Real Sociedad.
And with the exception of this match, in the remaining 4 cases there were less than 3 goals .
This is one of the reasons why I bet on a low goal prediction here.
The other is that Cadiz also had similar statistics for the last 5 matches. Because they all finished with less than 3 hits .
Given the fact that Athletic Bilbao are far from their best form, I dare not trust them.
So I'm betting on: Under 2.0 Asian Goal Line.
At exactly 2 goals in the match, the bet is void.
Athletic Bilbao - stats and info
Athletic Bilbao will look to bounce back from a 1-0 loss away to Celta Vigo on Sunday.
It was one of the Lions' weakest performances all season.
Ernesto Valverde's side failed to register a single shot on target 5 days ago at Balaidos.
Thus, Bilbao only continued their terrible run in the Primera.
Valverde's men are now winless in five consecutive La Liga games.
The defeat in Vigo was their third consecutive defeat in the Spanish football league.
A lack of attacking creativity has been the main problem for Valverde and his team of late.
As the Basques have not scored more than one goal in their last five league matches.
Can they finally get back on track and give themselves some confidence with a win over Cadiz on Friday?
Cadiz - statistics and info
The visitors from Cádiz will be looking to build on the momentum after a big 2-0 win over Mallorca last weekend.
Thus, they consolidated the good impression they have been making lately.
As they are unbeaten in 4 of their last 5 league matches (2-2-1).
Cadiz is now third from bottom in the La Liga standings. And only one point separates them from the safe zone .
The visitors have 19 points to their credit before this round.
While the first 4 teams above the line, which are currently Valencia, Espanyol, Celta and Valladolid, have 20 points each.
Progress for the Yellows has come from Sergio's men tightening things up defensively in recent games.
As a result, in none of the 5 games Cadiz have played in La Liga since the break have there been more than 2 goals .
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Simon; De Marcos, Yeray, Vivian, Yuri; Vesga, D. Garcia; N. Williams, Sunset, Berenger; Guruzetta
Injured: Martinez, I. Williams (questionable)
Lineup: Ledesma; Carcelen, Hernandez, Mbaye, Espino; Bongonda, Alcaraz, Alex, Ocampo; Lozano, Sobrino
Injured: Marie, Gil, Cala, Coust, Garrido, Zaldua