Granada (@9.5) vs Barcelona (@1.33)

Our Prediction:

Barcelona will win

Granada – Barcelona Match Prediction | 22-09-2019 15:00

There was a debut goal for Sergio Reguiln who shone at left-back and it was the Real Madrid loanee who turned provider to set up forgotten man Nolito for a fine second. Sevilla meanwhile also made a good start on the opening weekend. They named seven debutants in their starting eleven for the trip to Espanyol but came away with an impressive 2-0 victory in a game they were the dominant force in.

The Andalusians are determined to impress on their return to the Spanish top flight, but seeing that Villarreal are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting at Estadio de la Ceramica Villarreal recorded a 2-0 win over Granada, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts.

Granadas goal scoring prowess can see them hitting the net against a Barca defence that have conceded seven goals in their first four La Liga outings, but it may be a consolation only with a 1-4 correct score forecasted in favour of Ernesto Valverdes side (Barcelona have hit three or four goals past Granada in four of the last five meetings).

Their striker Luis Suarez scored two. They have to win this game to continue their run and catch Sevilla and Atl Madrid at the top. In the last round, they played without Dembele and Messi and still demolished Valencia 5:2, with many chances created as they usually do. Barcelona was stunned in the first round with an 89th-minute stunner by Aritz Aduriz in Bilbao, which claimed them 3 points and left Barcelona pointless. It is still unknown, whether Messi will play or not, but it all indicates that he could be sidelined again.

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Granada has started this season great, with 7 points from 4 games. They continued their great form from the preseason, where they casually won against the likes of Sevilla, Las Palmas, Almeria, etc They will try to make a statement in this match, as they can be a tough team with a high potential for surprises. They have proved that in the first round like it was already said. Their best acquisition this summer was the famous Spaniard Roberto Soldado who will bring his experience in what it looks like a battle for the middle of the table and La Liga next year, too.

Even so they have surprised many with the quality of their attacking play so far this term with wingers Darwin Machis and Antonio Puertas catching the eye while Yangel Herrera has excelled in midfield. They are La Ligas third highest scorers after another road victory at Celta Vigo last time out. Their opponents were reduced to 9 men early in that game so ultimately it was a match they would have expected to win. Granada meanwhile have been flying.

are going to record their third victory of the season. Granada did defeat Celta Vigo 2-0 on the road at the weekend, but you should bear in mind that both Jorge Saenz and Fran Beltran were sent off in Sundays football match. In their last meeting at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes Barcelona recorded a 4-1 win over Granada. The newcomers face an uphill task against Barcelona and we are positive that Leo Messi and Co.

Both sides have been involved in some high scoring contests already this season and we should see a few goals in this one. Barca have also really struggled to control games in midfield, certainly on the road, so this could be a lot more even than the most recent clashes between these sides and the hosts could well get a result. Jordi Alba is out for Barcelona and Granada may feel as though they can exploit that possible weakness with Junior Firpo set to come in.

I looked at their recent performances and their styles of play, as well as other factors like tradition while I was crafting my selection. Both of these teams started this season similarly, but there is a big difference in quality. If we take everything I said, it points to the away win with over 3.5 goals scored. Barcelona looks too strong for Granada as of now.

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Its not just in Europe where they struggle away from home either. They head into this game having failed to win any of their last 6 away matches in all competitions. That includes trips to Osasuna and Athletic Club in La Liga this season. Barcelona were again unconvincing away in the Champions League and were somewhat fortunate to leave with a point with Marc-Andre ter Stegen largely to thank for that.

They claimed nine 1-0 victories on their way to automatic promotion from the Segunda with just 28 goals conceded across the season. Diego Martinezs side came up with a reputation for being a solid and at times pretty defensive side. Therefore it was a huge shock to see them involved in a dramatic 4-4 draw at Villarreal on the opening weekend with the new boys netting two late goals from set-pieces to salvage an excellent point.

The reigning champions are eager to climb to top position in the standings and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Andalusians on Matchday 5. Barcelona will be aiming to build on a 5-2 win over Valencia when they take on newcomers Granada on Matchday 5. Luis Suarez scored on his return from injury and, to make things even better for Barca fans, key player Leo Messi should return against Granada as well.