athletic-bilbao vs granada Tip Reason:

Bilbao have the joint-best home defensive record in Spain’s top-flight this season Only two teams have conceded more travelling goal in La Liga than Granada this term. Not one La Liga team has conceded fewer shots on target at home than Bilbao this season. Bilbao strong at home As they sit outside of the coveted top six in Spain’s premier division, Bilbao haven’t exactly enjoyed the most fruitful campaign, but they’re by no means a weak side, especially on their own patch, while they have recent memories of beating Wednesday’s visitors. Back in December, Bilbao beat Granada by two goals to nil at this venue. Playing at home is something that has suited Bilbao this term, particularly from a defensive point of view. Nobody in La Liga has conceded fewer home goals than Gaizka Garitano’s men, who’ve shipped just six goals in 11 matches at San Mamés. They’ve also kept a pleasing six clean sheets in front of their own fans this term. Scoring goals is not something that Bilbao have done freely, though they’ve got a good record against the lesser sides, failing to score in just one of their six matches against bottom-half teams, scoring nine goals in total. Granada aren’t in the bottom half currently, but as they sit in 10th, they’re cut from a similar cloth. Travelling problems for visitors While Bilbao have done relatively well at home, Granada have struggled to get going on the road this time around. Not only do Wednesday’s visitors have one of the worst travelling defensive records in the division, but they come into this match having lost each of their last eight away matches in La Liga. More worryingly, Granada have failed to score in any of their last six on the road, which does not bode well ahead of a match against an Athletic side that is good at keeping teams quiet at home. The away record of Diego Martínez’s men against top-half teams is truly damning. Granada have won none of their eight away games against such opposition, seven of which they’ve lost. They’ve scored in just three of those eight and have conceded a total of 19 goals. Routine home win incoming Bilbao made light work of seeing off Granada in the league at this venue and there’s no reason as to why the fans in attendance at San Mamés on Wednesday won’t see something similar. Punters can make this one pay by siding with ‘Athletic Bilbao to Win & Under 3.5 Goals’. Frankly, everything points towards a home win; the hosts have bettered their visitors in every area this term, they made light work of winning in the league at this venue, they’re very good at restricting teams and have generally beaten teams of Granada’s ilk at home. Similarly, as mentioned above, Granada have been abysmal on the road, especially away against top-half teams. However, we shouldn’t expect the hosts to run riot, as they rarely do. Not one of Athletic’s home games in the Spanish top-flight this season have seen more than three goals go in. Combine this with their high clean-sheet rate and a relatively low-scoring home win becomes tough to oppose.

Athletic Bilbao vs Granada Betting Prediction:

Athletic Bilbao 1 0 Granada
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Recommended BET Stakes : 7/10 units

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