Athletic Bilbao vs Granada Prediction, Tips & Odds – 19.04.2024

Stex
April 18, 2024
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Athletic Bilbao vs Granada Prediction

Athletic Bilbao vs Granada Prediction 19.04.2024. Athletic Bilbao will continue their fight for a top-four finish in La Liga on Friday at 9:00 PM at San Mamés, as they host Granada, who are battling relegation.

The Lions currently sit in fifth place in the league, four points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, while Granada occupies 19th place, trailing by 11 points behind the safety of the 17th position.

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Athletic Bilbao Team News

Athletic recently clinched the Copa del Rey for the current season but swiftly returned to action against Villarreal, where they settled for a 1-1 draw. Ernesto Valverde’s squad took the lead in the 66th minute through Oihan Sancet, after Dani Parejo netted a penalty in the 95th minute.

Nevertheless, Athletic currently sits in fifth place in the league, four points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, having played the same number of matches (31). The team is fighting to secure a spot in the Champions League, which would mark their first appearance in the last 10 years. Valverde’s side’s next match will be against Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano, but they have a relatively favorable fixture schedule until the end of the season, whereas Atletico will be weakened after being eliminated from the Champions League quarterfinals by Borussia Dortmund.

Athletic has been impressive at home this season, amassing 37 points from 16 matches, with just one defeat. In contrast, Granada has the weakest away record, securing only two points from 15 away matches.

Yeray Alvarez will undergo a late fitness test to determine his availability for Athletic. The entire squad is expected to be available for this match, with Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta returning to the starting lineup after suspension. Mikel Vesga is likely to be on the bench. No changes are expected in the attack, with Inaki Williams, Sancet, and Nico Williams supporting Gorka Guruzeta, while Aitor Paredes continues in the center of defense.

Granada Team News

Granada hasn’t lost in their last three league matches against Athletic, winning three times in their last six encounters with the Basque side, suffering only one defeat.

Jose Ramon Sandoval’s team will face a challenge on Friday night as they seek only their fourth league victory of the season. A tough campaign for Granada has brought only 17 points from 31 league matches, placing them in 19th position on the table, 11 points behind Celta Vigo in 17th place.

Ahead of this match, Granada secured a crucial 2-0 victory over Alaves, ending a run of five consecutive defeats, marking their first win since early January. Granada, who will face Real Madrid and Girona in the remaining three league matches of the season, currently sit as champions of Segunda Division, but maintaining this level of competition will require significant effort in the final weeks of the season.

Regarding the squad, Oscar Melendo is doubtful due to muscle issues, but otherwise, the visitors have a full squad available for the match at San Mamés. Gonzalo Villar may be the player most eager to start this match, but the coach will likely stick with the same lineup for Friday night. Lucas Boye and Myrto Uzuni were the scorers against Alaves last time out and will continue to feature in attack, while another appearance is expected for Manchester United loanee Facundo Pellistri on the wing.

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Injuries and suspensions

Athletic Bilbao: Yeray Alvarez

Granada: Oscar Melendo

Expected Lineups

Athletic Bilbao (4-2-3-1): Simon; De Marcos, Vivian, Paredes, Yuri; Ruiz de Galarreta, Prados; I Williams, Sancet, N Williams; Guruzeta

Granada (4-4-2): Batalla; Mendez, Rubio, Miquel, Neva; Pellistri, Gumbau, Ruiz, Jozwiak; Boye, Uzuni

Athletic Bilbao vs Granada Prediction

Granada will aim to secure their second consecutive victory on Friday, and their recent success against Alaves will surely give them added morale. However, considering how strong Athletic is at home, it’s likely that the Lions will secure all three points without major issues. Additionally, we anticipate that the match will be somewhat tight, so our betting suggestion is a Bilbao win, with a maximum of three goals scored throughout the game.

Kick-off Time: Friday, 19.04.2024, 9:00 PM Local Time (GMT +1), 21:00 CET

Prediction: Athletic Bilbao to win & under 3.5

Odds (when tipped): 1.99

Sportsbook: 22bet

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