SPANISH LA LIGA (2020)




La Liga 2020-21 opening match will take place at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on Friday night when Granada hosts Athletic Bilbao. Granada was seventh in promotion last season and is in the Europa League qualifiers next week, while Athletic finished last season at 11th on the rankings despite reaching the King's Cup final.

Several players are expected to make their debut in the Granada main squad on Friday night, with Milla and Gonalons both pushing for positions in midfield, while Kenedy has arrived from Chelsea on loan. Carlos Fernandez scored 14 goals for the club on loan last season but has since returned to host club Sevilla, which means Roberto Soldado can be awarded the center-back from the start. However, Jorge Molina has come from Getafe on a free transfer, and the 38-year-old, who scored 77 goals in 212 appearances for his previous club, is an option to play in position. mind attack. Soro could also play for the home side, having arrived from Real Madrid this summer, while Darwin Machis, who scored 7 goals and 9 assists last season, will start. 16 wins, 8 draws and 14 losss - that's how Granada showed off in La Liga last season, with a total of 56 points from 38 matches that saw them take 7th place, ensuring that they'll make it to the preliminaries 2nd in the Europa League. It has been a great season for a club that was promoted last season after two campaigns in the Segunda Division, while it is their highest record at this football level since 1973-74. .

On Athletic side, it is not expected that Inaki Williams, Iker Muniain and Raul Garcia can once again be present in attack. Oihan Sancet had his first season at the senior level in 2019-20 and could be played from the start in this match, while Mikel Vesga is expected to partner with Unai Lopez in the middle of the pitch. Yuri Berchiche had emerged as a suspect earlier in the season due to injury, but the defender recently returned to training and will be present on Friday. Athletic has played three friendly matches since the end of the La Liga 2019-20 campaign with a 0-3 loss at Granada on July 17, losing 3-1 to Logrones on August 29 before drawing Real. Oviedo and Eibar before that. It was inevitable that it had been an incredibly disappointing season ending for the Basque side, The team lost 4 of the last 5 matches to fall to the bottom half of the standings. Gaizka Garitano's side finally finished 11th, meaning they won't be in Europe next season. Interestingly, Athletic will also have a 15-day gap between the first two games of the season, opening with Granada on September 11 before playing a second match at Eibar on September 26.




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