Real Madrid vs Granada predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Granada travel to the Bernabeu.
|Sunday 6th February 2022
|21:00 (local time)
Real Madrid vs Granada Preview
Real Madrid are hoping to edge closer to the league title when they host Granada this Sunday. On paper, it’s not a game that should cause Los Blancos too many issues but they have been wobbling a bit in recent weeks and won’t be taking anything for granted here.
Their hopes of a domestic treble ended on Thursday night with a late defeat in Bilbao in a cagey Copa del Rey Quarter-Final. Carlo Ancelotti surprised many by naming Brazilians Casemiro and Vini Junior in the lineup, less than 48 hours after they’d been part of their national team squad for a World Cup qualifier in Belo Horizonte. He wasn’t able to call upon the services of Karim Benzema though and the Frenchman was badly missed as Los Blancos slumped to a 1-0 loss.
That does at least clear a couple of midweek slots over the coming month and will allow Madrid to focus their energies on what appears to be a straight shootout with Sevilla for the title, as well as a crunch Champions League showdown against PSG. Ancelotti will want to make sure Benzema is fit for those games with the striker currently carrying a hamstring injury since the disappointing home draw with Elche a fortnight ago.
Granada will be hoping he doesn’t feature here as a result but they’ll fancy they can ask one or two questions of this Real Madrid side. They completed what on the surface felt like a major coup by signing highly rated Uruguayan striker Matías Arezo from River Plate Montevideo in January. The teenager has attracted attention from the likes of Atletico Madrid in the past and it’s going to be really exciting to see what he can produce in LaLiga for the Andalusian side.
The Granada board also sanctioned four other January signings with Albanian winger Myrto Uzuni a notable deadline day addition. Njegos Petrovic, Dani Raba and Alex Collado are also on board with Robert Moreno rewarded for turning Granada’s fortunes around after a slow start to the season. Granada do though come into this game on the back of two poor results in the shape of a 4-2 loss at Getafe and 2-0 home defeat to Osasuna.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 6 Real Madrid Wins.
- Real Madrid have won all of their last 13 games against Granada.
- The last 2 meetings have both been at Los Carmenes and both won 4-1 by Real Madrid.
- Los Blancos have fired in 23 goals in their last 6 home games against Granada.
Vini Junior is banned for Real Madrid who are missing Ferland Mendy to injury. Karim Benzema is a doubt.
Santiago Arias and Neyder Lozano are both out injured. Several new signings could feature with Barcelona loanee Alex Collado potentially starting the game on the right flank.
Real Madrid vs Granada Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Madrid 2-1 Granada
Granada haven’t been that convincing defensively of late and you have to fancy Real Madrid to carve open plenty of chances in this game and that should be enough to land the win. They may not run riot though with a bit of fatigue likely for some players on the back of international and Copa del Rey commitments and it’s the kind of night where some of their other forwards need to stand up and contribute given the absence of Vini Junior and doubts surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness.
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