Prediction lineups and team news Following a confidence-boosting 2-1 victory over Unai Emery’s Villarreal, Barcelona will face Granada in a match that may see Barcelona take over the top spot in La Liga on Saturday.
Date and Kickoff Time: 29th April; 18:00 CET
Stadium: Camp Nou
Competition: La Liga
Referee: Pablo Gonzales Fuertes
Barcelona Vs. Granada match review
The last time FC Barcelona and Granada met, Ronald Koeman’s side were undeniably the better team in the match, with Barcelona eliminating Granada from the Copa Del Rey. Then a nail-biting 120 minutes of football, the Catalans overcame a two-goal deficit Antoine Griezmann and Jordi Alba goals put the game out of reach in standard time, paving the way for the remontada. Afterward, Their persistence and perseverance paid off in extra time, like Alba, Griezmann, and Frenkie De Jong each scored to turn the game around and win by five goals to three.
Moreover, Both teams are in a completely different state heading into Thursday night’s game. For the past four months, Barça has been, without a doubt, La Liga’s best team. Catalans have won eight of their last ten matches, scoring 26 goals and conceding just eight. This is a streak of form that has included winning the Copa Del Rey, and if they beat Granada for the third time this season, they will take over first place in La Liga for the first time.
The Andalusian uniform, on the other hand, has seen better days. Manchester United ended their Europa League dream, as the Spaniards lost 4-0 on aggregate to their English counterparts. They’ve been inconsistent in La Liga. They’ve won four times and lost six times in their last ten games. They did, however, have Europa League matches crammed into an already jam-packed schedule. Los Nazares will be looking for a victory to keep their Europa League hopes alive as they look to build on their record from last season. Prediction lineups and team news
What to expect from Barcelona?
The match between Barcelona and Villarreal had two very different halves. First, Barça had the upper hand in the first 45 minutes, creating a plethora of numerical and positional advantages both on and off the court, culminating in a superb collective output, The squad. On the other hand, took its foot off the gas in the second half. The ends justify the means, and Barcelona’s sluggish play may be warranted because the team was desperate for all three points, but that cannot be the case this time.
Given that Granada is likely to maintain a deep block, restricting spaces to the best of their ability, the Garnet and Blue may need to be more aggressive offensively. Ronald Koeman used a 4-3-3, or rather a 2-3-2-3 in possession, in Barça’s famous 3-5 victory in the Nuevo Los Carmenes. In this experience, more of the same may be the deciding factor.
Despite calls from fans for Koeman to rotate his best XI, it seems impossible. With the 3-5-2 formation being the most probable, Koeman could go with Clément Lenglet, Gerard Piqué, and Oscar Mingueza to form a defensive trio to help solidify the backline. Help solidify the backline. Then, In midfield, Koeman is expected to start Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets together, with Ilaix Morib replacing the noticeably tired Pedri. In fact, In the absence of a natural striker, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann could both start in attack.
In terms of playing style, the Catalan giants will play with the same zeal as they did against Villarreal in the first half. Suffocating news. This season, fine-tuned passing and the player’s impeccable positioning have resulted in some mouthwatering ties against tough opponents. Barcelona learned the hard way in the Copa Del Rey how dangerous it would be to give Granada a chance. Accordingly, Former champions must now, more than ever, believe in their values rather than rest on their laurels by taking fewer risks. Also, look at Prediction lineups and team news
What to expect from Granada?
Granada has won two of their last three games, but they are far from a top-flight squad. Los Nazares, who are currently eighth in the table, have only won four of their previous eleven matches. Despite this, they remain in solid contention for the UEFA Europa League, as Villarreal’s loss to Barcelona last weekend means they will close the gap to four points before their match against Cadiz this weekend.
Granada has the ninth highest goal total in the league this season, with 41, thanks to Diego Martnez in the dugout. However, they have La Liga’s leakiest defense, conceding 53 goals so far this season. The Andalusians aren’t known for their ball retention, as shown by the fact that they only hold the ball for 41% of matches on average, which is the league’s second-lowest figure. This has a knock-on effect on their offense, as they’ve only completed 108 passes within 20 yards of the opposing goal, the sixth-lowest total in the league.
On offense, the Nasrids average 3.3 shots on goal per game, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 goals scored per game. These numbers place Martinez 15th and 9th in the league, respectively, indicating that he is simply adequate. Roberto Soldado, who has 9 goals in La Liga and 13 in all competitions, leads their attack. Jorge Molina and Luis Suárez are tied for second place with five goals apiece, while Antonio Puertas leads the line in assists with five.
In addition, Their security isn’t particularly impressive. At 1.7 goals per 90 minutes, it has the most goals conceded per match. After that, the Andalusians’ rugged style of play has resulted in them conceding the most penalties in the division (12). Also, they make many challenges, they only make 7.2 good tackles per match, which is the second-lowest in the league. Clearly, their game-playing strategy isn’t paying off.
Therefore, Granada typically plays in a 4-2-3-1 formation. However, their latest injury crisis would have a significant effect on their team. The hosts sat back and defended for long stretches in their previous two games against Barça, both played in the Nuevo Los Carmenes. They’ll almost certainly play similarly, with few passes and a lot of long balls, but, as in the King’s Cup, devastating precision in the net.
Players to watch
Yangel Herrera plays in the center of Granada’s midfield. The Venezuelan is known for his ability in central defensive midfield and his versatility in other positions, especially central and attacking midfield. He isn’t afraid to take on a difficult task. As shown by his 26 interceptions, 46 clearances, and seven yellow cards so far this season. He does, however, command enough respect and importance in his team to make as many appearances as he does. Given Luis Milla’s absence, if Granada is to succeed, he will have to perform at a high level.
However, In the final month of the season, Ronald Koeman will need all of his main players to be at their best if Barcelona is to win La Liga. However, Pedri, who has seemed to be very exhausted at times, has appeared to be off his game in recent weeks.
With the young Spaniard still in his teens, the sheer volume of minutes he has accumulated this season was bound to have an effect sooner or later. Also, with the finish line in sight, Pedri will need to step up his game again, particularly because Frenkie de Jong has been doing a lot of heavy lifting lately. Accordingly, A match against a jittery Granada team may be just what he needs to get back to his best. Will Pedri be able to deliver the goods?
Previous games: LWWWD
Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona in La Liga
Barcelona 5-2 Getafe in La Liga
Athletic Bilbao 0-4 Barcelona in Copa del Rey Final
Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona in La Liga
Barcelona 1-0 Real Valladolid in La Liga
Position in La Liga
71 points in 32 games
21 wins, 5 draws, and 5 losses
76 Goals Scored, 29 Goals Conceded
+47 Goal Difference
Granada FC News
Previous Games: LWLWL
Sevilla 2-1 Granada | La Liga
Granada 4-1 Eibar | La Liga
Manchester United 2-0 Granada | Europa League
Real Valladolid 1-2 Granada | La Liga
Granada 0-2 Manchester United | Europa League
Position in La Liga
42 points in 32 games
12 wins, 6 draws, 14 losses
41 goals scored, 53 goals conceded
-12 goal difference
Head to head record
Granada 3-5 Barcelona in Copa Del Rey 2020/21
Granada 0-4 Barcelona in La Liga 2020/21
Barcelona 1-0 Granada in La Liga 2019/20
Granada 2-0 Barcelona in La Liga 2019/20
Granada 1-4 Barcelona in La Liga 2016/17
Barcelona Vs. Granda facts
- Barcelona has won 17 of their last 19 games against Granada, with just two losses (2014 and 2019).
- Barcelona has a perfect home record against Granada, in order to spans 24 games and is their longest against any opponent in the Camp Nou.
- In their last 24 away games, Granada has struggled to hold a clean sheet against Barcelona. Each trip to the Camp Nou has resulted in an average of 3.6 goals conceded.
- Barcelona has lost only one of their last eight games played on a Thursday. Also, this coming last year against Osasuna at home.
- Barcelona has not won 5 La Liga games in a row at home since June 2020. And they might end that drought tomorrow.
Injuries: Ansu Fati (knee), Philippe Coutinho (knee)
Doubtful: Martin Braithwaite
Mingueza · Piqué · Lenglet
Dest · de Jong · Busquets · Ilaix · Alba
Messi · Griezmann
Injuries: Luis Milla, Domingos Duarte, Neyder Lozano
Doubts: Rui Silva, Jesus Vallejo, German Sanchez, Carlos Neva, Kenedy
Suspension: Antonio Puertas, Angel Montoro
Foulquier · Diaz · Perez · Quini
Gonalons · Herrera
Kenedy · Vico · Machis
Coach: Diego Martínez
After that, the state of the teams and their previous interactions. For the Catalans, it should be a walk in the street. Granada has a slew of injuries in crucial positions, while Barcelona has perhaps their best starting eleven in years, playing at a level they haven’t seen in a long time. All points to a Catalan win, and one that will be relatively easy. Also, look at Prediction lineups and team news
Barcelona Agency Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Granada