Barcelona vs Granada predictions and match preview for Monday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news, predicted lineups and fantasy football picks as two under pressure coaches meet.
|Monday 20th September 2021
|21:00 (local time)
Barcelona vs Granada Preview
Barcelona welcome Granada to Camp Nou this Monday in LaLiga. The Andalusian side won here in April to deal a critical blow to the title hopes of Ronald Koeman’s side. However they’ve struggled so far this term and a repeat looks relatively unlikely even against what is an unconvincing Barcelona side.
The Catalans have only played three league games so far in 2021/22 and as a result they are already playing catch-up on the Madrid clubs. This will be their first league match in over three weeks so it has certainly been quite a disjointed start to the season but the games come thick and fast from here on. Fixtures against Cadiz and Levante later this week mean this is a sequence of fixtures that offers this weakened Barcelona side a chance to lay some foundations and build some momentum heading into the tougher challenges that await.
However it should also be noted that Barcelona dropped points against all three of those teams last season and they won’t be taking anything for granted right now. They were somewhat predictably outclassed by Bayern Munich last week in the Champions League and their current injury problems leave them very light in some areas of the pitch which will be a concern for Koeman heading into this busy fortnight before the next international break.
As for his opposite number, Robert Moreno may also be having sleepless nights. A late 2-1 defeat at home to Betis last Monday night means he is still waiting for his first win as a LaLiga coach. Granada’s return is just 2 points from 4 games so far under his stewardship and while there have been worse starts amongst a few of the other teams, there is already speculation about his future and at the very least Moreno could do with a stronger performance here.
The only player to score for Granada so far this season is Luis Suarez. Following the departure of Roberto Soldado, it certainly feels as though the Colombian is going to be key and he’s likely to lead the line for the visitors again in this match. Injuries hampered him last season but we still got glimpses of the player that netted 19 goals in the Segunda Division the previous year. Granada also have the likes of Darwin Machis who is more than capable of asking questions of Barcelona, but defensively they look very unconvincing and it could be a busy evening for their young keeper Luis Maximiano.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Barcelona Wins, 2 Granada Wins.
- The sides met 3 times last season.
- Granada surprisingly won 2-1 here in April in LaLiga having lost to the Catalans at Los Carmenes in league and cup.
- Granada had lost to nil on their 5 previous visits to Camp Nou before last season.
Pedri and Jordi Alba are both out for Barcelona. They join a growing injury list which includes the likes of Martin Braithwaite, Sergio Aguero and Ousmane Dembele.
Neyder Lozano looks likely to be Granada’s only absentee.
Predicted Barcelona Starting Lineup:
Ter Stegen – Dest, E. Garcia, Pique, Mingueza – De Jong, Busquets, Roberto – Depay, De Jong, Coutinho (4-3-3)
Predicted Granada Starting Lineup:
Maximiano – Abram, Sanchez, Duarte – Neva, Montoro, Gonalons, Monchu, Arias – Machis, Suarez (3-5-2)
Barcelona vs Granada Predictions
Score Prediction: Barcelona 3-1 Granada
Barcelona’s injury problems are a worry for Ronald Koeman but Granada have not impressed so far this season and don’t look to have any clear direction or identity yet under Robert Moreno. It should be a much better evening at Camp Nou for the Catalans than their difficult night against Bayern last week.