Cadiz vs Athletic Club predictions and match preview for Thursday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Athletic travel to Andalusia.
|Thursday 21st April 2022
|20:00 (local time)
Cadiz vs Athletic Club Preview
Cadiz and Athletic Club clash on Thursday in LaLiga and the hosts will take great belief into this game following a shock win at Camp Nou on Monday night. Sergio’s side now have a real platform from which to go on and clinch survival and they’d be much closer to achieving that goal if they could win here.
Never before had Cadiz won at Camp Nou so it was a historic result and a well deserved 1-0 win which came via Lucas Perez’s goal. It was like a throwback to early last season as Cadiz produced a fine counter-attacking display on the road that former boss Álvaro Cervera would have been proud of, winning the game and causing plenty of problems, despite only enjoying 24% of the ball.
This will be a different kind of proposition altogether against an Athletic side that also enjoys playing on the break. Cadiz still have some really tough games to come so they do need to take something from this game. They have only won twice at home this season, but both of those wins have come since the start of last month with Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal defeated at the Nuevo Mirandilla.
Athletic meanwhile come into this one following a real setback in their bid to clinch a late European place. A 2-0 home defeat against Celta Vigo and a victory since for Villarreal, means the Basques are now 7 points off 7th place heading into this game. Even that may not be good enough for European football and Marcelino’s side need to target three points here and hope that Betis win the Copa del Rey Final this weekend.
In truth, Athletic look a little bit short on the quality needed to progress into Europe. Iker Muniain has had an excellent season but there haven’t been that many others in red and white who have truly excelled. Again the absence of a natural goalscorer up front has been something of an achilles heel with Inaki Williams top scoring with 7 league goals. Oihan Sancet has shown flashes that suggest he could be a long-term partner for Williams in attack, although half of his tally of 6 goals came in one game against Osasuna.
Head to Head
- Last 5 Competitive Meetings: 3 Cadiz Wins, 2 Athletic Wins.
- Cadiz won 1-0 at San Mames earlier this term.
- All 3 meetings have produced away wins since Cadiz’s return to the top flight in 2020.
- Athletic won 4-0 here last term.
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Cadiz vs Athletic Club Predictions
Score Prediction: Cadiz 1-0 Athletic Club
Cadiz are playing with belief and confidence once more and they look like a team that truly believes they are going to beat the drop. They’ve played a lot of the stronger sides in recent weeks and have at the very least given them all a real test. They may just have enough to edge this against an Athletic side that hasn’t looked convincing of late.
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