Athletic Bilbao is welcoming Granada to San Mames in round 15 of the Spanish LaLiga. Bilbao is still going strong, they are still in good form, but they have been struggling with scoring goals. Granada hasn’t been scoring a lot this season, only 12 goals, and their defense have been terrible so far.
Bilbao has lost only 1 of their last 7 games, but they haven’t won any of their last 4 games. During this 4-game streak, Bilbao has scored only 2 goals while conceding 3 goals, and 3 of those games were a draw. in their last game against Levante on the road, Bilbao has had 51% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, and 74% of the correct passes. This was the definition of a boring game where neither team was good enough to score a goal, and the final result was 0-0. Thanks to their solid start of the season, Athletic Bilbao is now in 8th place with 19 points, but they have scored only 11 goals. The good news for Bilbao is their defense has been solid with only 8 conceded goals. Williams is still the leading goalscorer for Bilbao with 3 goals, while Muniain has added 3 assists. There are a few injured players, but nothing Bilbao can’t handle. This is the usual Bilbao we are seeing, barely any offense, solid defense, and most of their games ended with one or maybe two goals.
Granada is a weak, weak team, and they have won only 1 of their last 5 games. At the moment, Granada is outside the relegation zone, in 17th place with 11 points, but seeing how bad their defense is, I’m not sure they will stay outside for much longer. Suarez is the leading goalscorer for Granada with 4 goals, while Sanchez added 2 goals. Rochina added 3 assists. Granada was playing against Real Madrid at home last weekend, and they have had only 32% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 79% of the correct passes. Granada did as much as they could against the best team in the league, and they conceded 4 goals and 2 red cards in the process. The final score was 1-4 in favor of Real Madrid. Granada will spend most of the season at the bottom of the table, but we see glimpses of what they can do occasionally, so maybe, just maybe, Granada will do enough to stay in the league.
Bilbao hasn’t lost to Granada in their last 5 home games, and I don’t think they will lose here. Neither team is scoring a lot of goals, but Granada has the far worse defense, and they don’t stand a chance here.