Real Madrid 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 top two clash in an unlikely top of the table match-up.
Real Madrid vs Granada Preview
The outcome of this match will decide who tops the table heading into the second international break. For Granada to be in with a chance of doing that is extraordinary in itself and the newly promoted side will travel to the Bernabeu really believing they can get a result. Real Madrid have not convinced yet this season but they have managed to come through a tricky set of fixtures relatively unscathed.
They salvaged a point from their Champions League game against Brugge in midweek and while they have work to do in that competition, Zinedine Zidane will be happy with his side’s domestic form following 4 points from tough away games at Sevilla and Atleti. They are now La Liga’s only remaining unbeaten side and they’ll be determined to put maximum points on the board here to head into the break on a positive note.
Granada will travel full of optimism having really impressed on the road this term. They’ve already won comfortably away to Celta and Espanyol while they scored 4 in a draw at Villarreal. Therefore it certainly looks as though they have the tools to ask questions of this Real Madrid side. They may look to get top scorer Antonio Puertas involved as much as possible with the winger in direct opposition to Marcelo down the Granada right flank.
Both sides are likely to line up 4-3-3 and there is certainly the potential for quite an open game unless Granada decide to revert to a more cautious approach for by far their toughest away game to date. Real Madrid should be close to full strength although Zidane may opt to rest Toni Kroos who has played a lot of football this season already with James potentially coming into the midfield. There may also be a start for Alphonse Areola in goal with Thibaut Courtois having been unwell this week.
Real Madrid vs Granada Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid’s defensive vulnerabilities were evident again in midweek as they conceded twice early on against Brugge. Granada have actually scored more league goals than them this season but Real have been getting the job done in La Liga of late. They ought to do just enough here again although a confident Granada side could push them close.
Real Madrid vs Granada H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 6 Real Madrid Wins.
- Real Madrid have absolutely dominated the recent clashes, winning all of their last 8 against Granada.
- Granada have let in 25 goals over their last 6 trips to the Bernabeu including a 9-1 defeat in 2015.
- The sides haven’t met since the 2016/17 season when Real were 4-0 and 5-0 winners.
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Predicted Line Ups
Real Madrid Team:
Areola – Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo – Casemiro, James, Modric – Bale, Benzema, Hazard (4-3-3)
Silva – Neva, Sanchez, Duarte, Diaz – Azeez. Montoro, Herrera – Machis, Soldado, Puertas (4-3-3)