Villarreal vs Granada predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the new boys look to get off to a positive start.
Villarreal vs Granada Preview
The new season always brings fresh optimism and a chance to wipe the slate clean. Few teams in Spain needed that more than Villarreal who endured a miserable 2018/19 campaign where they flirted perilously with danger. Granada had a much better time of it as they sealed automatic promotion from the Segunda Division and they’ll be thrilled at the chance to make their mark on their return to the top flight this weekend.
It is a tough opening game for them though. Villarreal still have plenty of quality in their squad and it’s hard to see them being as poor this term. They’ve been busy in the transfer window and appear to have made some decent signings that should help rectify the defensive issues from last term. Raul Albiol brings a wealth of experience in central defence but fellow new boy Alberto Moreno won’t feature here due to an injury problem.
Granada meanwhile have focused on rectifying things at the other end of the pitch. They were promoted with the best defensive record in the second tier but were short on creativity and goal threats at times. They’ve tried to rectify that by bolstering their strike-force with their most notable addition that of Roberto Soldado who is set to make his Granada debut against his old club here.
The visitors are expected to struggle but they been excellent in pre-season, winning all of their friendly matches including two against top flight opposition. Therefore they do take momentum into this game but Villarreal will be desperate to get off to a winning start in front of their own fans.
Villarreal vs Granada Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-0 Villarreal
Villarreal should be considerably stronger this season and they do look to have pinpointed problem areas and made real steps to fix them. That should allow them to build on the positive steps they took towards the end of last season and they should have enough quality to see off newly promoted opposition here.
Villarreal vs Granada H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 4 Villarreal Wins, 2 Draws.
- The sides last met in 2017 with Villarreal 2-0 winners at the Ceramica.
- Villareal have won all of their last 4 home games against Granada to nil.
- Granada haven’t beaten Villarreal since a home clash in March 2014.
Read all our La Liga predictions ahead of the opening weekend’s action.
Predicted Line Ups
Asenjo – Pena, Albiol, Funes Mori, Quintilla – Anguissa, Cazorla, Iborra – Ekambi, Moreno, Chukwueze (4-3-3)
Silva – Quini, Duarte, German, Diaz – Montoro, Herrera – Machis, Vico, Vadillo – Soldado (4-2-3-1)
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