Granada vs Real Madrid predictions and match preview for Thursday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Los Blancos travel to Andalusia.
|Thursday 13th May 2021
|22:00 (local time)
Granada vs Real Madrid Preview
The final game on matchday 36 in LaLiga comes from Los Carmenes and it’s a very significant one in terms of the title race. Real Madrid are chasing down Atletico Madrid and they need to put three points on the board here but it won’t be easy against a very competitive Granada side.
The hosts do come into this game following a real setback. Defeat at Betis in an Andalusian derby on Monday all but ended their chances of qualifying for Europe again. Borja Iglesias’ 87th minute strike settled the game for the hosts after Darwin Machis had briefly levelled things up for Granada. They now look destined for a mid-table finish, which is still a very creditable outcome given their cup commitments.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens at the club this summer. Holding onto Diego Martinez will be the number one priority. He has established himself as the brightest of the next generation of Spanish managerial talents although there doesn’t appear to be a great deal of competition. The likes of Valencia will be looking for a new coach although Martinez may be wise to wait for a better job to come up with Sevilla long viewed as his ultimate next destination after Granada.
Real Madrid may also find themselves looking for a new coach unless Zinedine Zidane can find a way to spur this team on to a series of victories and another league title. Trophyless seasons are rarely tolerated in the white half of the Spanish capital, no matter how much of a club legend you are, although Zidane is viewed as having done well to guide this particular Madrid team into the last four of the UEFA Champions League.
This unpredictable title race has seen plenty of twists and turns and all three sides will sense they have missed opportunities to firmly take control of it. Real Madrid had the chance to do that last weekend but ultimately needed a late Toni Kroos strike deflected in via Eden Hazard, to salvage a point against Sevilla. That may yet prove a very useful point indeed come the final reckoning but it will be largely irrelevant unless Los Blancos can deliver the goods in this match and another tough away game in Bilbao on Sunday.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 6 Real Madrid Wins.
- Los Blancos have won their last 11 against Granada in all competitions.
- They won the reverse fixture 2-0 earlier in the season.
- Granada’s last victory over Los Blancos came via a 1-0 margin at home in February 2013.
Top scorer Roberto Soldado is suspended for Granada. They have doubts over Jesus Vallejo and Domingos Duarte in addition to their longer term injury problems.
Lucas Vazquez, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos and Ferland Mendy are all out for the visitors. Marcelo, Raphael Varane and Alvaro Odriozola are doubts.
Predicted Granada Starting Lineup:
Aaron – Quini, Nehuen, German, Foulquier – Eteki, Gonalons, Vico – Machis, Molina, Puertas (4-3-3)
Predicted Real Madrid Starting Lineup:
Courtois – Marcelo, Nacho, Militao, Valverde – Kroos, Casemiro, Modric – Hazard, Benzema, Asensio (4-3-3)
Granada vs Real Madrid Prediction: Real Madrid to Win 2-1
Granada are always tough opponents but they no longer have a real shot at European qualification and we might see them struggle to find that same intensity again at the end of a long season, particularly having played 72 hours earlier against Betis. They, like Real Madrid, also have some significant selection issues, but you sense the away team’s extra quality in reserve may prove decisive.