Added on September 11, 2020 Category Football Tips

Granada vs Athletic Bilbao Free Betting Tips

Will Granada tie in with the strong preseason?


Due to a strong final sprint, Granada moved up to seventh place in the final table of La Liga. This allows the Nazaríes to fight for entry into the group stage of the Europa League. The leap into the top seven was made possible by a 4-0 home win on matchday 38 when none other than Athletic Bilbao made a guest appearance at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes.

This 4-0 victory of the Nazaríes at Granada against Athletic Bilbao cannot be excluded from the prediction, although a lot has happened for both teams in the past eight weeks. While “El Graná” has even strengthened itself on the transfer market, much of the Basques stayed the same.

With this in mind, we think it would be most expedient to bet on the Nazaríes’ home win at Granada against Athletic Bilbao.

Betting Tips: BTS/ YES
Odds: 2.10

Granada – Statistics & current form

Granada CF played in La Liga 2 just 15 months ago but made it to promotion as runner-up at the end of the season under Diego Martínez in their second year of membership in the second division.

While the Nazaríes lumbered around in the lower quarter of the table during their last stay in La Liga between 2011 and 2017 and only landed 15th in the final table twice, the Andalusian team played an outstanding season in the upper house of Spanish football under its promotion coach.

Represented in the Europa League qualification next Thursday

Seventh in the final table, Granada CF is allowed to take part in the qualifying round for the Europa League, where next Thursday an away game in Albania against KS Teuta Durres is on the program, in which the Andalusians are of course the clear favorites.

According to the bookmakers’ odds, they are not favored in the run-up to the match between Granada and Athletic Bilbao, but, as already mentioned, they only achieved a 4-0 victory over the Basques on July 19, 2020, in the last competitive game to date, which had a much more turbulent season.

No painful departures from the transfer market

Although the Nazaríes’ three test games were anything but good with two defeats and one draw, there is not much that prevents them from picking up where they left off at the end of the 2019/20 season at the start of the season.

Finally, all service providers could be kept in the club. Even the loan from defender Jesús Vallejo was extended for another year. Maxime Gonalons and Dimitri Foulquier could be signed after the loan deal. Also, with Luis Milla, Alberto Soro, and Jorge Moline, there are three high-quality newcomers.

The loan from Chelsea jewel Kenedy should also provide a quality boost. Of course, the newcomers still have to internalize Diego Martínez’s game system. In essence, however, there are practically no painful departures from one of the surprise teams of the preseason.

Probable formation of Granada:
➱ Silva – Neva – Vallejo – Duarte – Díaz – Herrera – Gonalos – Kenedy – Azez – Machís – Soldado

Last matches from Granada:

Club friendship games
⚽️ 09/05 2020 Real Betis 3 – 2 Granada
⚽️ 08/30 2020 Malaga 0 – 0 Granada
⚽️ 08/28 2020 Granada 0 – 3 Real Valladolid
⚽️ 07/19 2020 Granada 4 – 0 Athletic Bilbao
⚽️ 07/16 2020 Mallorca 1 – 2 Granada

Athletic Bilbao – Statistics & current form

The preseason was far less successful for Athletic Bilbao, the 23-time overall winner of the Copa del Rey. Although the Basques reached the grand final of the national Spanish cup competition, because this is still pending, a possible triumph there cannot lead to the Europa League.

Because the league ended up with a very sobering eleventh place in the table, the red and whites have to get by for a season without international competition.

Lost four out of five league games in the final sprint

It is all the more remarkable that those responsible stuck to Gaiza Garitano, who was not able to lead the eight-time Spanish champion back on the road to success even in his second year in office.

There is still a chance that the 2019/20 season will be assessed differently in retrospect with a possible 24th cup win. In the league, however, the proud Basques by no means covered themselves with fame in the final sprint. Four of the last five games were lost, which is why the fall to eleventh place was still possible.

New signings that help immediately are still missing

Also, there have been no hits on the transfer market like the hoped-for return of Javi Martínez. Although this change is not completely off the table, at least at the start of the season, the newly crowned Champions League winner is not available to his former club.

Against this background, the tip for Granada against Athletic Bilbao must also include the fact that the Basques only pulled three players from their B-team and go into the season with no further newcomers. It is true that the youth work of the red and whites, in which, as is well known, players with Basque roots are all committed, is extremely impressive. The competitiveness of the eleventh of the previous season has not increased significantly.

Probable formation of Athletic Bilbao:
➱ Simón – Beriche – I. Martínez – Álvarez – Nolaskoain – Vesga – Muniain – R. García – Gómez – Williams

Last matches from Athletic Bilbao:

Club friendship games
⚽️ 09/05 2020 Athletic Bilbao 2 – 2 Eibar
⚽️ 09/04 2020 Real Oviedo 2 – 2 Athletic Bilbao
⚽️ 09/02 2020 Deportivo Alaves 1 – 2 Athletic Bilbao
⚽️ 08/29 2020 Logrones 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao
⚽️ 07/19 2020 Granada 4 – 0 Athletic Bilbao

Granada vs Athletic Bilbao Direct comparison

Head to head: 13-11-26

There have been 50 duels between the two clubs so far and with 26 wins the Basques lead the direct comparison. The last two duels, however, both went to the Nazaríes, who not only won 4-0 at home on the last matchday of the preseason but also achieved a 1-0 victory in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals, which after the 1: 2 lost the first leg because of the away goal regulation but led to the end.

Granada vs Athletic Bilbao – Betting odds comparison – La Liga

Betting Tips: Granada
Odds: 2.75
Betting Tips: Draw
Odds: 3.1
Betting Tips: Athletic Bilbao
Odds: 2.75

Granada vs Athletic Bilbao Free Betting Tips

At Granada against Athletic Bilbao, the prediction is primarily influenced by the different final spurts of both teams eight weeks ago. While the Nazaríes moved up to a seventh-place with a great run, Bilbao lost a European competition with four defeats from the last five league games.

On the transfer market, only “El Graná” is convinced with several reinforcements, while Bilbao is still looking for a player who can help immediately.

Key facts – Granada vs Athletic Bilbao tips

🔥 Granada won the last two home games against Bilbao with a total of 5-0 goals
🔥 Bilbao lost four of their last five games in the league final spurt
🔥 Granada will play in the qualifying round for the Europa League next Thursday

Accordingly, we think it is best to play Tip 1 against Athletic Bilbao at Granada, especially since the Nazaríes were able to win their last two home games against the Basques.

Betting Tips: 1
Odds: 2.88