Athletic Bilbao will face relegation-threatened Granada at San Mames on Friday night in La Liga, continuing their fight for a top-four finish.

Granada is in nineteenth place, eleven points off the safety of seventeenth, with seven games remaining, while the Lions are in fifth place, four points off of fourth-place Atletico Madrid.

Head to Head and previous matches

As we enter matchday 32 of La Liga, Athletic Bilbao will play Granada, hoping to put pressure on the top four teams. 

The home team will enter Friday’s encounter at San Mames in fifth place with 57 points, while the away team will be in nineteenth place with 17 points. Granada is eleven points from safety, while Athletic is four points laggards. 

Athletic are still in the hunt for a Champions League spot, with only 21 points remaining (including this round). They have just one point after two games after a 1-1 draw with Villarreal and a 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid. 

Athletic are playing a relegation-threatened club and must not lose any ground, especially given their recent home results. With 11 wins and 4 draws in their past 15 league matches played here, they are undefeated.

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In the rematch, Granada scored first but rallied to tie the game at one all after giving up a goal in the sixth minute. It would take a miracle for them to pull this off since they are still eleven points from safety. 

However, for now, they are battling for their survival, and their most recent match was a 2-0 victory against Deportivo Alaves. They have lost five in a row with no goals scored in three of those games before that outcome. 

The away team has won only three games so far in the league season, and they have never won two consecutive games. Granada has only managed two wins in their league season while playing away from home. Therefore, the difficulty level is much higher. On top of that, the visitors have gone scoreless six times in their previous eight league away visits.

Predicted Lineups

Athletic Bilbao’s possible starting lineup:

Simon; De Marcos, Vivian, Paredes, Yuri; Ruiz de Galarreta, Prados; I Williams, Sancet, N Williams; Guruzeta

Granada’s possible starting lineup:

Batalla; Mendez, Rubio, Miquel, Neva; Pellistri, Gumbau, Ruiz, Jozwiak; Boye, Uzuni

Our Predictions

Athletic to win

Granada will be looking to make it two victories in a row on Friday, and a victory against Alaves would have given them confidence. However, Athletics are unbeatable at home, so we anticipate the Lions will cruise to a comfortable victory.