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La Liga: Granada vs Real Madrid preview

Kick-off: Sunday, 7 February @19:30 GMT

Venue: Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes (Granada)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Real Madrid vs Granada 1-0 (2015/2016 La Liga)
Real Madrid vs Granada 9-1 (2014/2015 La Liga)
Granada vs Real Madrid 0-4 (2014/2015 La Liga)
Real Madrid vs Granada 2-0 (2013/2014 La Liga)
Granada vs Real Madrid 0-1 (2013/2014 La Liga)

Granada vs Real Madrid prediction

After failing to record a win in previous three away games in La Liga Real Madrid will be looking to start a new winning run on the road when they face Granada at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on Sunday evening.

Granadinos desperate to escape the relegation zone

Granada did remarkably well to beat Getafe in their last home fixture in La Liga, but the Andalusian outfit failed to spoil Villarreal’s party at Camp el Madrigal at the weekend. As a result, los Granadinos dropped to the relegation zone and they will be looking to move away from bottom three with a victory over Real Madrid. Nonetheless, beating the star-studded capital club is easier said than done and there is every chance the hosts will adopt a defence-minded approach in Sunday’s clash against los Blancos. The club chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the January transfer window, with the likes of Doucour, Ricardo Costa and Cuenca joining the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes outfit. Morocco attacker Youssef El-Arabi believes that his teammates are capable of making life difficult for Real Madrid and it remains to be seen if he will start a new goal-scoring run on Sunday.

Isaac Success is a major doubt and he will be assessed on the match day. Edgar and Salva Ruiz both miss the game with injury, but Penaranda returned to training.

Yet another must-win game

As expected, Real Madrid crushed Espanyol at their Estadio Santiago Bernabeu at the weekend (6-0), with the team extending their winning run at home ground to six matches. However, los Blancos are still four points behind league leaders Barcelona in La Liga standings and taking into account that Barca have one game in hand, Zinedine Zidane’s men face a must-win situation in Sunday’s match against Granada. Real Madrid are on a three-match winless run on the road and they will certainly give 100% to defeat los Granadinos after failing to beat the likes of Villarreal, Valencia and Real Betis in last three away fixtures. Cristiano Ronaldo, who turned 31 on Friday, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Gareth Bales has yet to overcome his injury and in his absence James Rodriguez is going to keep his place in the starting line-up. It has to be noted that los Blancos are eyeing their only fifth away victory of the season.

Gareth Bale and Pepe are unlikely to recover in time to face Granada. Coach Zinedine Zidane has no other selection worries ahead of the trip to Andalusia. Isco is likely to keep his place in the starting XI.

Quick Facts

  • Granada are after their fourth home win of the season
  • Los Granadinos failed to score in four of their last five meetings with Real Madrid
  • Real Madrid are eyeing their fifth consecutive win over Granada
  • Los Blancos scored ten goals in previous two meetings with los Granadinos
  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in three of Real Madrid’s last four away games

Granada vs Real Madrid betting tip

Real Madrid need to pick up all three points from Sunday’s match if they are to try and melt Barca’s advantage in La Liga standings. Los Blancos have been far from impressive on the travels of late, but considering that Granada have been struggling at the back this season, I am positive that the capital club will pick up all three points from the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes clash.

Tip: Real Madrid/Real Madrid

Odds: 1.70 (7/10) @BetVictor

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