ATHLETIC BILBAO – LAS PALMAS- Soccer Prediction of the Day
Last Monday Las Palmas beat Malaga 1-0, in a fundamental direct clash in optic salvation. The goal was scored at the last minute by the Croatian trequartista Alen Halilovic, a player often decisive but who due to a long injury this season has missed the Las Palmas for a very long time. Thanks to this victory, the team of Paco Jémez hooked the Deportivo La Coruna to the third last place and increased the advantage on the Malaga, more and more last, now four points away.
Part of the merit of the victory is also the former goalkeeper of Spezia Leandro Chichizola, not always perfect but very good at defending the door with a decisive action in the second half. Beyond this, the Las Palmas has been dominant in the possession of the ball, a feature often recurring in teams trained by Paco, a sign that something starts to work, albeit in a discontinuous way. The San Mamés league match against Athletic Bilbao is not the kind of game from which we hope to get some points, but it is another characteristic feature of Paco’s teams that they always try to play it openly on every field.
The Athletic of Ziganda in the last round of the season has interrupted a long series of games without defeats, and he did so in a very important game in terms of classification. He lost 2-0 away against Girona, a team that already had a margin of one point ahead of Athletic himself, now six points away from the sixth place, occupied by Sevilla. It is the position of the classification that still aspires to the Athletic, but in the middle there are six teams, some of which (Celta Vigo, Betis and Eibar) well equipped to try to play that fifth place until the end of the season.
Against the Girona the Athletic has lost the comparison first of all on the plane of the air contrasts, a game aspect in which in general it excelles (like the Girona, on the other hand). Against Las Palmas it should go differently. A very positive news is that of the full recovery of the right-back titolar Oscar De Marcos, who this year has missed many matches due to recurring injuries. And Kepa Arrizabalaga could also return to the goal, who recently renewed his contract with Athletic.
In recent weeks Ziganda has tried to compensate for the prolonged and influential absence of Muniain by radically changing the form of the Athletic. At the expense of it is Susaeta, who in 5-3-2 (plus a 3-5-2 in possession) leaves its place to an additional defender, Yeray. This favors overlaps of the fullbacks, and it is hoped that with De Marcos now available again things can improve further. Williams, who continues to be impeccable at the door, has therefore been officially “promoted” to the role of second tier near Aduriz.
The probable formations
ATHLETIC BILBAO (5-3-2): Kepa; Lekue, Unai Nunez, Yeray, Inigo Martinez, De Marcos; Iturraspe, Mikel Rico, Raul Garcia; Williams, Aduriz.
LAS PALMAS (4-2-3-1): Chichizola; Michel Macedo, Bigas (or Ximo Navarro), Alex Galvez, Aguirregaray; Peñalba, Etebo; Viera, Hernan Toledo, Nacho Gil; Calleri.
Prediction of the Day: 2-1