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Barcelona vs. Granada Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
16 January 2020
Sunday 19 January
Camp Nou – La Liga
Quique Setien’s men are expected to entertain from the off, when he leads Barcelona for the first time against Granada on Sunday. The away side will be hoping to stop the Catalan party already before it has started and are returning from the break to build on their win against Mallorca.
Barcelona were defeated 2-0 at the Nuevo Los Carmenes in Granada, when Ramon Azeez and Alvaro Vadillo scored the goals for El Grana. The win represents only their second win in 13 games against the Blaugrana, as Barcelona have the upper hand. It also came during the great start to the season that lifted The Nazaries to the top of La Liga during the first months of the campaign. Last season Granada played at the second tier and their last meeting at Camp Nou ended in a dry 1-0 win for the home side, when an unlikely Rafinha was the match winner in Catalunya. Barca have kept five clean sheets in five consecutive home games against this weekend’s visitors.
Setien will start his reign without Luis Suarez for the rest of the campaign, as the Uruguayan is not expected back until May. He’s currently out with a knee injury and joins Ousmane Dembele and Arthur on the sideline. Frenkie de Jong is also suspended for one match and will miss this weekend’s match.
Angel Montoro is suspended for the match against the Blaugrana, whilst Yangel Herrera has stepped up his training after being out with a muscle injury since mid-December. He was not back during the Copa del Rey match during the mid-week, but he could be returning soon for Diego Martinez’ side. Fede Vico, Neyder Lozano and Quini are also out with long-term injuries.
Barcelona vs. Granada Preview and Predictions
Despite being top in La Liga and through to the last 16 of the Champions League, the board decided to replace Ernesto Valverde at the helm after a poor run of form. He had also been criticised of not playing the Barcelona way and there are huge expectations from Quique Setien’s first game in charge of the team. Barcelona may be backed at 1.16 to pick up three points in his first game in charge, but Granada present a tough first fixture for the former Real Betis boss.
After a great start to the campaign, Granada have fallen from grace and are currently 10th in La Liga after 19 games. They ended the first half with a 1-0 win against Mallorca and came back from the winter break with another 1-0 win in the Spanish cup against Tamaraceite.
Despite not convincing anyone lately, the Nazaries are hoping to kickstart their season with a win against the league leaders at their own turf. They can be backed at 16.25 to do so as the away side are struggling to score goals and their three forwards have a combined contribution of seven after the first 19 matches. Darwin Machis has played all 19 games so far but has only scored twice as the Granada struggled to build on their fine start in their return to the top division.
Lionel Messi and co aren’t in convincing form of late themselves and have left behind a poor run of results, eventually leading to their manager getting the sack. A fourth draw in six games may be backed at 8.25, when they are looking to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana on January 9.
Barca have only won once in their last five and the poor spell comes after a string of seven consecutive victories and Setien will be hoping to put together another one when he gets going at Camp Nou this weekend.
Barcelona to win to nil at 1.80
The home side shouldn’t have any problems against a decaying Granada, who can’t seem to find the net. To spice up the home win odds, punters may be tempted to add a clean sheet to the equation and as Granada have only scored five times in nine away games, they will have to change that record drastically this weekend.
Barcelona to score Over 4.5 at 4.75
Barca expect to entertain their own crowd this weekend as they have replaced Valverde with the intent of bringing back the exciting football to the Blaugrana. What better way than to start off with a show at Camp Nou?