Match Time :2/13/2020 04:00 Thursday（GMT+8）
Athletic Bilbao: Strong traditions in CdR (Recent From: LWLDDD)
Athletic beat Barcelona (1:0) a week ago in the Copa del Rey quarter-final. It’s worth noting that ‘Los Leones’ have won this competition already 23 times in history. Athletic host Granada on Wednesday in the first-leg of the semi-final. “The tie will be decided there [in Granada] no matter what happens. We have to try to win and achieve the best possible result. It's like a La Liga match that we have to try to win. We play at home and we have to go for everything. The tie will not end here, they are very capable of winning anyone at home and so we are. There are 180 minutes for both of us. There are no favorites in a Cup semifinal,” said coach Gaizka Garitano.
Granada: First semi-final since 1969 (Recent Form: LWWDLD)
Granada are having a good season and they beat Valencia (2:1) in the quarter-final at home. Now it’s time for an away encounter. “We are two teams that know each other. It's 180 minutes and that adds nuances. It is a special game, after 51 years Granada is again in this situation. That is already a motivation, not only in the dressing room, but for all of Granada. It is clear that when you play a Cup semifinal, there’s an option to play for a title. You have to pass obstacles. We know that San Mamés is one of the most complicated fields in Europe. We need all the protagonists to have personality and be very concentrated. But that's the beautiful thing. That has to stimulate us, play games like that and compete. It motivates us even more if possible. We go to a mythical stadium and we are here to compete, fight and enjoy this moment,” said coach Diego Martinez.
THE BETTING VERDICT:
All in all, I think that this might be a low-scoring clash. Both sides are solid defensively, besides it’s a first-leg so there’s no need to push for a win and perhaps there will be few goals in this game.
Athletic Bilbao VS Granada
O/U Pick: under 2.00 goals