Athletic Club has not finished higher than eighth in the table since 2016-17 when they finished seventh and qualified for European football for a fourth straight year. They have not tasted European football since then, but they could be nearing a return with Los Leones enjoying a stellar run of form under Ernesto Valverde and emerging as a go-to pick for La Liga betting.
Athletic sits fifth in the table, level on points with Atletico Madrid and 10 behind Real Madrid, proving to be a reliable value bet for soccer predictions this season with 12 wins and 5 draws in 21 matches. Prior to Saturday’s trip to Valencia, they had won six in a row, keeping clean sheets against Atletico Madrid, Las Palmas and Sevilla in the league as well as Eibar and Alavés in the Copa del Rey, and a 2-1 win against Real Sociedad in the Basque derby. However, after falling behind at the hour mark, they failed to find an answer with Giorgi Mamardashvilli proving monumental between the sticks and leading Valencia to a 1-0 victory at Mestalla.
Athletic Club were held scoreless for the first time since October 22, with Valencia winning 1-0 thanks to a solid performance in goal from Giorgi Mamardashvili:
— Breaking The Lines (@BTLvid) January 20, 2024
Iñaki finds himself in the best form of his career at 29 years of age, racking up eight goals and three assists in 18 league appearances for Athletic, having only racked up double figures twice – 10 in 2022-23 and 13 in 2018-19 – and he will have a big role to play as Athletic looks to keep pace with their rivals in the hunt for top four and Champions League football.
Iñaki has found the back of the net in his last two meetings against Cadiz, and he’s a great option for a soccer player prop bet to continue that pattern on Sunday. Whilst he’ll no doubt be disappointed by his lack of involvement in the AFCON, Iñaki has the chance to do something special by leading them to the top four and a deep run in the Copa del Rey.
Athletic has the second-most Copa titles (23) after Barcelona (31), and they have a golden opportunity to win their first cup in 40 years, with Los Leones set to take on either Mallorca, Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid or Sevilla – the latter two facing off in the final quarterfinal on Thursday – in the Copa del Rey semifinals.
Can Cadiz Escape the Drop Under Pellegrino?
Athletic Club has booked their ticket to the Copa del Rey semifinals for a fifth consecutive year under Valverde, who, having led them to the 2015 final only to lose to Barcelona, will no doubt be relishing the cup win against his former employers. It should come as no surprise to online betting connoisseurs that Athletic enters its upcoming league match as an overwhelming favorite in our sportsbook
We’ll take their odds any day of the week: Athletic is putting the pedal to the metal, and they’re more than capable of picking up their fifth straight win against Cadiz. Having scored 3+ goals in five of their last six meetings, Athletic will be confident of their ability to pile onto Cadiz’s misery, who have lost their last three matches and have not won a single league match since September 1.
Cadiz sits 18th in the table, one point away from safety and six points off the bottom, and they will be looking to turn things around under Mauricio Pellegrino, with the Argentine taking charge on Wednesday and replacing Sergio Gonzalez at the helm after a run of 17 league matches without victory. He has a monumental task on his hands as he looks to avoid defeat to an Athletic Club side that is clicking on all cylinders at the moment.
Questions of the Day
Which player is likely to score a goal in La Liga this weekend?
Iñaki Williams is in red-hot form at the moment, and he has the tools to pick up a ninth league goal of the season against Cadiz.
Does Athletic Club have what it takes to pull off another victory this weekend?
Athletic Club are hitting their stride under Ernesto Valverde, and they’re more than capable of thrashing a Cadiz side that is in free-fall.