Granada vs Sporting Gijon
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 22nd October 2016,
Kick-off at 19:45 UK Time, 20:45 CET.
Venue: Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, Granada.
There are plenty of similarities between Granada and Sporting Gijon as they prepare to lock horns on the matchday 9 of the Spanish La Liga 2016/17 season. Both are in the relegation zone and are on a long losing streaks. They lost their games against elite Spanish sides by a bigger margin and tend to lose to other sides by narrow margin.
Granada suffered the biggest defeat of the season when they faced Atletico Madrid last weekend by a massive 7-1 score-line. They are the only team in this season’s La Liga yet to win a game. Two draws along the way gave them 2 points while they lost 6 matches from their 8 so far. They are rock bottom in the league table and their Saturday’s opponent Sporting Gijon are two places above them with a 5 point lead.
Gijon had an encouraging start to their season campaign by taking 7 points from their first three games. Atletico Madrid initiated their downfall with a 5-0 thrashing on matchday four and they have earned a point since then. They have now lost 5 matches in a row, the latest two coming against struggling sides like Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna by a narrow 2-1 margin.
Sporting Gijon have also suffered heavy defeat when they faced Barcelona by a similar 5-0 margin like to that of Atletico. The good work at the start of the season is all undone which has already resulted in low morale in the dressing room and low confidence.
Granada vs Sporting Gijon: Head-to-Head Stats
Granada have won in the last two home meetings against Gijon in La Liga, but these two meetings are separated by a 4 year gap. In the last season’s Spanish League clash at home, Granada won 2-0 and drew 3-2 in the reverse leg at Gijon.
The previous meeting between the two sides was during the 2011/12 season in which Granada won 2-1 at home and lost 2-0 in the away leg.
Granada vs Sporting Gijon: Prediction
It is an understatement that these two sides are in the worst phase of their form and any of them cannot be backed with confidence. Out of many similarities, one of the major vulnerabilities of their play is sloppy defending. They are the two worse defensive sides in the league as Granada have conceded 23 goals so far, while Gijon have shipped in 18 goals. As a result, a better pick for this fixture will be to bet on over 2.5 goals.
Granada vs Sporting Gijon: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals at 2.10 (11/10)
Both Teams to Score at 1.88 (7/8).