Granada vs. Athletic Bilbao 7/19/20 LaLiga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Granada 15-8-14, Athletic Bilbao 13-12-12
7/19/20 3 pm
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Granada is hosting Athletic Bilbao at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes in round 38 in Spanish LaLiga.
Granada has lost only 1 of their last 5 games in LaLiga, and even though they are in 9th place in the standings with 53 points, Granada could still get to the Europa League with a win here. Granada has been decent on both ends this season with 48 scored goals and 45 conceded goals. Fernandez is Granada’s top goalscorer with 9 goals, while Machis added 7 goals. Diaz and Machis both added 5 assists this season. Martinez, Quini, Lozano, and Gonalons are all injured, while Machis is suspended because of the yellow cards. In their latest LaLiga game against Mallorca on the road, Granada was solid with 48% of ball possession, high 6 shots on target, 6 corner kicks, and 74% of the correct passes. There was a lot at stake in this game for both teams, and it turned put to be a pretty rough game with 12 yellow cards, and 2 red cards, but also with 3 goals. In the end, Granada has won this match 1-2, and they bought themselves a chance to get in the Europa League. Granada is in solid form as of late, but they have been hit with injuries and suspensions, which could certainly impact their game.
Bilbao was on the right track to get to the Europa League, but they lost their latest LaLiga match, and with that, Bilbao has lost every chance to get to the Europa League through LaLiga. Bilbao’s only chance now is to win the Copa del Rey against Sociedad once the date is determined. In their last LaLiga game against Leganes at home, Athletic was dominant with possession, 60%, but they had only 3 corner kicks, 3 shots on goal, and 84% of accurate passes. Athletic has conceded a red card in the 22nd minute, and that cost them dearly. Bilbao has conceded 2 late goals in the second half, in the 79th and the 94th minute, and with that, Bilbao has lost this game 0-2. Athletic Bilbao wasn’t particularly good in the attacking end this season, and they have scored only 41 goals in 37 games this season, but their defense on the other hand was outstanding with only 34 conceded goals. Raul Garcia has scored solid 15 goals for Bilbao this season, while Williams added 6 goals. There are no injuries for Bilbao, but Simon is suspended because of the red card. Overall, a decent season for Bilbao, but it could have been a lot better if they haven’t slipped in their last game.
Granada has a lot of injuries, and with that their depth and bench quality are reduced. Athletic doesn’t have a chance to get to the Europa League, but they will look to end the season on a positive note. Granada has a lot to gain with a win here, and I don’t think they will just roll over and surrender.