Athletic Bilbao will continue their 2021-22 campaign at home when they welcome Granada on Friday, as they look forward to return to their winning ways in Spain’s top flight.
The Basque club are currently position eight in the La Liga table on 19 points, while Granada have picked only 11 points this season, leaving them down at the 17th spot in the division.
Athletic Bilbao have won four, drawn seven and lost two of thier 13 La Liga games this season, collecting 19 points.
Marcelino’s team has lost just one of their last seven in Spain’s top flight, a defeat that came at home to Cadiz on 5th November, and they are now four matches without a victory at this level.
Since taking victory over Villarreal on 23rd October, Athletic Bilbao have drawn with Espanyol, Real Sociedad and Levante, and a surprise one-goal at home to Cadiz.
They finished position ten in Spain’s top flight last term but claimed fifth at 2015-16 and will believe that they will be able to challenge for a potential European spot this season.
The Lions will be in a bid to make it a back-to-back La Liga wins over Granada, having recorded a 2-1 victory when they last had an encounter at San Mames in March.
Granada are heading into the Friday’s fixture off the back of a 4-1 loss to Real Madrid at home last weekend, as they also lost 2-0 to Espanyol before the international break.
It remains fact that it has been a tough start of the season Granada, with 11 points from 13 matches leaving them at position 17 with same points as 18th-placed Elche.
Robert Moreno’s side have finished seventh and ninth in their last two seasons at this level, meaning that a lot was expected of them this season. However, their dismal performances have been at large a disappointment.
Athletic Bilbao vs Granada head to head
The two Spanish clubs have had 18 encounters previously and there is no much difference in their performances. Athletic Bilbao have won 8 matches against 7 of Granada. Bilbao have scored 21 goals and have conceded 21 collecting 27 points against 24 of Granada in all competitions.
Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Granada 12/02/20
Granada 2-1 Athletic Bilbao 05/03/20
Granada 4-0 Athletic Bilbao 19/07/20
Granada 2-0 Athletic Bilbao 12/09/20
Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Granada 07/03/21
Athletic Bilbao latest home form
Athletic Bilbao have had ups and downs at home, especially after losing their last match at home to Cadiz on the back of two home wins – against Alaves and Villarreal. In their last five matches at home, they have won three and lost two all in La Liga.
Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Mallorca 11/09/21
Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Rayo Vallecano 21/09/21
Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Alaves 01/10/21
Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Villarreal 23/10/21
Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Cadiz 05/11/21
Athletic Bilbao latest away form
The Basque outfit have had a relatively good form away from home. They have had an unbeaten run of more than six matches. The last time they lost away is in July 2-1 to Union Berlin. Despite not winning in their last five away matches, they did not lose as well, drawing all.
Atletico Madrid 0-0 Athletic Bilbao 18/09/21
Valencia 1-1 Athletic Bilbao 25/09/21
Espanyol 1-1 Athletic Bilbao 26/10/21
Real Sociedad 1-1 Athletic Bilbao 31/10/21
Levante 0-0 Athletic Bilbao 19/11/21
Granada latest home form
Granada are not currently in their good form at home, unless they improve in the coming matches, as they heavily lost their last match at home – 4-1 to Real Madrid. Out of their five latest matches at home, they have won one, drawn one and lost three collecting just 4 points.
Granada 1-2 Real Betis 13/09//21
Granada 2-3 Real Sociedad 23/09/21
Granada 1-0 Sevilla 03/10/21
Granada 1-1 Getafe 28/10/21
Granada 1-4 Real Madrid 21/11/21
Granada latest away form
It is not smooth for Granada on the road just like home. They have had only one victory in more than six matches away. In their last five away matches, they have won one, drawn two and lost two. They have scored 5 goals and conceded 5 as well.
Barcelona 1-1 Granada 20/09/21
Celta Vigo 1-0 Granada 27/09/21
Osasuna 1-1 Granada 22/10/21
Levante 0-3 Granada 01/11/21
Espanyol 2-0 Granada 06/11/21
Athletic Bilbao news
They will be missing, Daniel Vivian, Yuri Berchiche, Asier Villalibre and Peru Nolaskoain on Friday due to injury. Marcelino has options like Oihan Sancet, Oier Zarraga and Nico Williams for change, while Iker Muniain, Alex Berenguer, Inaki Williams and Raul Garcia likely to retain their positions.
Granada will be without Isma Ruiz, Luis Milla, Victor Diaz and Domingos Duarte through injury, while Monchu picked a straight red in their last game against Real Madrid and will not play. Raul Torrente would replace Diaz in the defence while Yan Eteki would take Monchu’s place in the mid.
Prediction and Odds
Athletic Bilbao are in much need of a victory in the league and with the advantage of playing at home, we expect them to come out with a victory on Friday. Granada had started to improve but went losing back-to-back, which is enough to give the hosts a good chance to win this match.
Odds: 1 1.60 X 3.61 2 4.21
Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Granada
Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Granada
Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Granada
Athletic Bilbao 2-2 Granada
Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Granada