Athletic Bilbao vs Granada – Copa del rey :Athletic Bilbao: Athletic Bilbao is a team that has a lot of experience on this Copa del Rey
Athletic Bilbao vs Granada –Always being a club that looks to this competition with ambition and that has already won the competition nothing more nothing less than on 23 occasions.
This year, they have once again a huge opportunity of winning this competition again, since on these semi-finals there aren’t any of the so-called “Spanish giants”.
Bilbao contributed a lot for that since on the previous round they’ve eliminated Barcelona by defeating the Catalans at home by 1-0 with a goal already on injury time.
Bilbao occupies the 9th place in La Liga and without a doubt, at this stage, the Copa del Rey ends up having more importance, even because winning this competition, they earn the right of playing in the Europa League. On the past weekend, they’ve lost by 2-1 against Real Sociedad away from home on the Basque derby.
Granada: Granada is making a very interesting campaign in La Liga, especially if we take into consideration that they achieved promotion this year and were relegation contenders.
Their current 10th place with 30 points already conquered gives them a lot of tranquillity regarding the objectives they’ve set at the start of the season that are mainly avoiding relegation.
On this Copa del Rey, they’ve adopted a strategy of rotating the team. They’ve done it in practically all of their encounters and most of them were won with a lot of struggle and against teams with less reputation.
They’ve always faced smaller teams until the last round where they’ve hosted the current champions and they’ve won by 2-1 with 2 goals from their experienced striker Soldado.
Now they have the objective of reaching the final of this competition.
These two teams have already faced off this year in La Liga and on the 1st half of the season, Athletic Bilbao won by 2-0 at home, with a good performance from the team.
Here they appear somewhat surprisingly in the semi-finals and both sides are expected to utilize their best starting line-ups for this match and this tie.
I see once again Bilbao having the upper hand because over the course of this competition, they’ve always taken this Copa del Rey with more seriousness and resting less players.
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Athletic Bilbao vs Granada – Betting Tips: :
Here we have a two-legged knockout tie and I see Bilbao being able to grab an advantage for the 2nd leg. It can be by the minimum margin because I’m safe that they will still do well in the 2nd leg, but I’m taking Bilbao to win here.