With the hopes for a Champion’s League slot getting dim with each passing game, Athletic Madrid will be looking to overturn the tides as they host side Granada at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. The match is scheduled for 8th February, with kickoff at 23:00 GMT.
Coach Diego Simeone will be out on a stretch, especially with all attacking forwards out with respective injuries. The injury situation at the camp has been worsening with each passing game. With the close of the January transfer window, the only reinforcement will be Yannick Carrasco and misfiring Thomas Lemar.
Granada, on the other hand, is 10th on the La Liga with 30 points. The side has managed to register two wins and three losses in their past five matches. Granada is yet to register a win over Athletic Madrid in La Liga. This remains the primary mission for Coach Diego Martinez.
Athletic Madrid vs. Granada Head to Head
Both sides have met 13 times in the La Liga with Athletic Madrid picking up all the wins with three games ending in a draw. Granada is yet to register a win over Athletic Madrid. Here is a look at their past encounters:
Granada 1-1 Athletic Madrid
Granada 0-1 Athletic Madrid
Athletic Madrid 7-1 Granada
Athletic Madrid 3-0 Athletic Madrid
Granada 0-2 Athletic Madrid
Granada 0-0 Athletic Madrid
Athletic Madrid 2-0 Granada
Athletic Madrid 1-0 Granada
Athletico Madrid Team News
Young sensation Jaoa Felix missed out on the 1-0 loss to Real Madrid after picking up a leg injury. The Portuguese international is having a hard time in La Liga, especially with a goal dry spell at the moment. Talisman Diego Costa has been out for three months after picking up a herniated disc.
Right midfielder Koke is also on the sidelines with a muscle injury. Skipper Alvaro Morata is also out after picking up a muscle injury in their last outing. Right-back Santiago Arias started the new month while picking up groin injury the same as skipper Kieran Trippier.
Granada Team News
Coach Diego Martinez contends without center back Neyder Lozano, who picked up a tibia fracture. Right-back Quini is also recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture with an expected return in July. Attacking midfielder Fede Vico is also out with a foot injury. On the verge of a yellow card suspension, is center back Domingos Duarte and right-winger Antonio Puertas.
Prediction and Odds
With the injury woes at the Athletic Madrid camp, Granada will be looking to take advantage to secure their first win over the side in La Liga.
Athletic Madrid Win
Goals Under 2.5
Yannick Carrasco to Score