Athletic Club vs Granada Preview


Athletic Club vs Granada

Competition – Spanish Primera Liga

Stadium: San Mamés

Date: 19th April 2024

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

La Liga resumes this Friday as Granada travel to the Estadio San Mamés to play newly-crowned Copa del Rey champions Athletic Bilbao.

Two weeks ago, the hosts won their first Copa del Rey title in 40 years when they beat Mallorca on penalties to secure the Spanish domestic cup trophy for the 24th time in their history. However, things have not been as rosy for Ernesto Valverde’s side in La Liga. They are winless in their last two league games (D1, L1) and failed to beat Villarreal in their last outing despite playing with a man advantage for over 45 minutes.

However, despite their recent wobble, they still have a chance to finish inside the top four. They come into this tie sitting four points behind Atletico Madrid in fourth position and winning this tie will put them one point behind Diego Simeone’s side who play later.

The major reason they remain in contention for a top-four finish is their home form with Bilbao losing just once at home at the Estadio San Mamés (W11, D4). Even more impressive is that they are unbeaten in their last 15 home games in all competitions. They are also good at home against Mallorca beating their visitors four times in their last six head-to-head meetings at home (D2).

So, they will fancy their chances of getting maximum points here to keep their quest for the Champions League next season alive.

Meanwhile, Granada will look to make it back-to-back wins in La Liga for the first time this season when they face Bilbao on Friday. The hosts won their third league game of the season and ended a run of eleven games without a win (D3, L11) when they beat Alaves 2-0 at the weekend.

But despite the win, José Ramón Sandoval Huertas’s side remains rooted inside the relegation zone, with a nine-point gap behind Celta Vigo in 17th position.

Their terrible away record which has seen them lose 13 out of their 15 away games (D2), is the major reason they look set for the drop. Also, their defence is shambolic with bottom-placed Almeria (62) the only team to concede more than Granada (60) this season.

However, after keeping their first clean sheet since January at the weekend, there could be some measure of confidence going into this tie.

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera Liga:

May 25, 2024
Real Sociedad 15:15 Atlético de Madrid
Almeria 17:30 Cadiz
Rayo Vallecano 17:30 Athletic Bilbao
Real Madrid 20:00 Real Betis
May 26, 2024
Getafe 13:00 Mallorca
Celta Vigo 15:15 Valencia
Las Palmas 15:15 Alaves
Sevilla 20:00 Barcelona

Spanish Primera Liga Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Real Madrid 37 29 7 1 87 26 +61 94
2 Barcelona 37 25 7 5 77 43 +34 82
3 Girona 38 25 6 7 85 46 +39 81
4 Atlético de Madrid 37 23 4 10 68 43 +25 73
5 Athletic Bilbao 37 18 11 8 60 37 +23 65
6 Real Sociedad 37 16 12 9 51 37 +14 60
7 Real Betis 37 14 14 9 48 45 +3 56
8 Villarreal 38 14 11 13 65 65 +0 53
9 Valencia 37 13 9 15 38 43 -5 48
10 Osasuna 38 12 9 17 45 56 -11 45
11 Alaves 37 12 9 16 35 45 -10 45
12 Getafe 37 10 13 14 41 52 -11 43
13 Sevilla 37 10 11 16 47 52 -5 41
14 Celta Vigo 37 10 10 17 44 55 -11 40
15 Las Palmas 37 10 9 18 32 46 -14 39
16 Rayo Vallecano 37 8 14 15 29 47 -18 38
17 Mallorca 37 7 16 14 31 43 -12 37
18 Cadiz 37 6 15 16 25 49 -24 33
19 Granada 38 4 9 25 38 79 -41 21
20 Almeria 37 2 12 23 37 74 -37 18

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