Preview: Granada vs. Barcelona

Preview: Granada vs. Barcelona

Barcelona will be looking to record their third straight win in all competitions when they make the trip to Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes on Saturday to take on Granada.

The Catalan giants are currently fifth in the La Liga table, one point behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, while Granada occupy 13th position, now seven points above the relegation zone.

Since losing 4-1 at home to Real Madrid on November 21, Granada are unbeaten in La Liga, recording three wins and three draws from their last six games in Spain’s top flight, which has helped them move up the table.

Robert Moreno’s side, who have collected seven points from their last three home league fixtures, are currently 13th in the division, boasting 23 points from 19 matches, just five points off eighth-placed Villarreal.

Granada have finished seventh and ninth in their last two La Liga seasons and will believe that they are capable of finishing in the top 10 once again despite some poor form in the opening months of the campaign.

The Red and Whites were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Mancha Real on December 16, so they only have the league to focus on between now and the end of the season.

Granada are actually unbeaten in their last two league games with Barcelona, picking up a point in a 1-1 draw in the reverse match earlier this season, while they beat the Catalan side 2-1 at Camp Nou last term.

Barcelona, meanwhile, will enter this weekend’s match off the back of a 2-1 win over Linares Deportivo in the last-32 stage of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night.

The Catalan giants also managed to beat Mallorca 1-0 in the league last weekend despite being without the services of a number of first-team players due to a mixture of injury and coronavirus.

Barcelona, who will take on Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup on January 12, have now picked up seven points from their last three league matches, which has seen them rise into fifth spot in the table, just one point behind fourth-placed Atletico.

Xavi’s side are also now within two points of third-placed Real Betis, so they are in a strong position to secure a top-four spot in La Liga this season, which could be considered a success considering their issues.

Blaugrana are now unbeaten in their last five away fixtures in the league but three of those games have finished level, and they have lost to Granada in two of the last five top-flight clashes between the two sides.

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We say: Granada 1-2 Barcelona
Barcelona will again be missing a number of important players here, and it would be fair to say that Granada will be feeling good about themselves at the moment. It would not be a surprise to see a draw or indeed a home win, but we have a feeling that the visitors will navigate their way to another important three points.

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