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Athletic vs Granada J32 LaLiga lineups

Jesus Carames

April 19, 2024 | 6:54 a.m.

This Friday at 21:00 p.m., the San Mamés stadium will be the scene of the confrontation between Athletic Club and Granada CF, in what will be the game corresponding to matchday 32 of LaLiga.

Match context

Athletic Club, after a disappointing draw against Villarreal the previous day, seeks to return to winning ways in its fortress of San Mamés. The Bilbao team, led by Ernesto Valverde, has shown impressive form at home, with a record of 11 wins, 1 loss, and 4 draws in 16 games. With 51 goals for and 29 against throughout the season, offensive efficiency and defensive solidity are clear strengths. Currently, they occupy fifth position in the table with 57 points.

Granada CF, on the other hand, arrives in Bilbao with a strengthened spirit after its 2-0 victory against Alavés, thanks to the goals of Myrto Uzuni and Lucas Boyé. However, the team has struggled in its outings this season, accumulating 13 losses and 2 draws in 15 away games, underscoring its struggle to find consistency away from its stadium. With only 17 points, Granada is in nineteenth position, facing a tough battle for permanence.

Recent history

The previous matches in San Mamés show local dominance with 5 wins for Athletic, 2 losses and 2 draws. Furthermore, Athletic have not lost in their last five home games against Granada, a record they will seek to extend. The last duel between the two in December 2023 ended in a 1-1 draw, showing that Granada can be a difficult opponent even away from home.

Keys of the match

  • Local strength: Athletic has turned San Mamés into a true bastion this season, which could be decisive in this match.
  • Need for points: Granada desperately need points to escape the relegation places, which could influence a bolder approach than usual.
  • Impact of the scorers: The presence and form of players like Iñaki Williams for Athletic, and Uzuni for Granada, will be crucial in defining the match.

Strategies and probable alignments

Athletic Club (4-2-3-1): Unai Simón; De Marcos, Yeray, Iñigo Martínez, Yuri; Dani García, Mikel Vesga; Berenguer, Muniain, Nico Williams; Iñaki Williams.

Granada CF (4-3-3): Maximian Quini, Duarte, Germán, Neva; Gonalons, Milla, Montoro; Soro, Boyé, Machís.

Forecast

Given Athletic's strength at home and Granada's vulnerability as a visitor, a game is anticipated where Athletic could dominate and capitalize on its offensive strength to secure three vital points in its fight for European positions. However, Granada's desperate need for points could surprise, making the match a closer contest than expected.

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