Granada (@9.5) vs Barcelona (@1.33)
22-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Barcelona will win

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

The winners of this Fridays game will (briefly at least) go top of the table so theres plenty of incentive here for both Granada and Sevilla with Andalusian pride also at stake. The visitors will be the favourites but they will know they will be in for a game against a Granada side who caught the eye on the opening weekend.

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.

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.

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.

Granada vs Barcelona Prediction

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.

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).

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. 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.

The likes of Yacine Brahimi, Juan Aguero, Gustavo Benitez, Pahinho, Denis Milar, Julio Montero Castillo, Capi, Cesar and Jose Mingorance are famous players that were part of the Estadio El Sadar outfit in the past. The original colour of Granadas kits were blue and white, but after the Spanish Civil War the club chiefs bought new ones (red and white).

That is the style, that Barcelona is known for. In the last 10 matches between them, only once was scored under 2.5 goals. A demolishing victory is something we see quite a lot on their games, even though they have taken just one away point from the last 9 available in La Liga. On the other side, Granada has never trailed by over 1.5 goals at halftime in La Liga Head-to-Head matches at home this century. Barcelona is dominating their Head-to-Head matches with only 2 defeats from 20 games in recent history.

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An interesting thing is that Barcelona has won five of their last 7 road trips to newly-promoted opposition. Barcelona will have to stop Granadas newcomer Puerta, whos last four goals scored have been the final ones of their respective matches. By looking at the pure statistics, it looks like Barcelona is dominating them, but it is not like that always. With a surprise loss in the first round, Barcelona will have to win this game and catch up with other teams at the top.

Villarreal have been producing fine performances in pre-season and seeing that they outplayed the likes of Augsburg, Koln, Levante and WBA, we believe that Santi Cazorla and Co. are capable of beating newcomers Granada in front of home fans. The Yellows were struggling in the 2018/2019 La Liga season, but they eventually managed to avoid the drop to the Spanish second tier. Estadio de la Ceramica will host Saturdays football match between Villarreal and Granada, the two teams who face each other in the opening match of the season.

They won 1-4 in this fixture last season and expect something similar here. With Messi back in the fold after injury, the goals will surely follow and Ernesto Valverde's men should get back to winning ways and rack up the goals here. Barcelona were held to a rare draw in Dortmund in their midweek Champions League match but they will look to get back on track here.

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.