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  • 25 October 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 22500

Granada - Barcelona Preview: Pep Guardiola's side need to bounce back from disappointing draw to overtake Real Madrid

Granada - Barcelona Preview: Pep Guardiola's side need to bounce back from disappointing draw to overtake Real Madrid


The Catalans were held against Sevilla at the weekend and lie in third place in La Liga, but they can go to the top of the table with a win away from home



Nyon, Lopez, Mainz, Siqueira
F.Rico, Abel, M.Rico, Benitez
Geijo, Uche

Alves, Mascherano, Puyol, Abidal
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Messi, Fabregas, Villa

Granada defender David Cortes has returned to training after recovering from a knee injury but is still a week or two away from returning to first team action.

Hassan Yebda is fighting for fitness after suffering a muscle strain and it is touch and go whether the Algerian will make the game against the Catalan side. Carlos Martins will also be out for three weeks after sustaining a similar muscle problem.

Alexis Sanchez remains absent for Barcelona with a long-term hamstring injury. Gerard Pique will also miss another week with a hamstring complaint, and Ibrahim Afellay is still recovering from knee surgery and will be unavailable for the foreseeable future.

  • Granada have only scored two goals in La Liga this season, 24 less than Barcelona.

  • Uche and Fran Rico are Granada's joint top goalscorers, with a goal a piece. Barcelona have four players who have scored more; Lionel Messi, Xavi, David Villa, and Cesc Fabregas.   
  • Granada have notched up five points in La Liga so far, with a win, two draws, and five defeats.
  • Barcelona's 0-0 draw with Sevilla on Saturday was the first occasion at home in La Liga this season when they have failed to take away all three points.
  • Victor Valdes (right) achieved a personal record on Saturday. He has now gone 607 minutes and counting without conceding a goal in the league.
  • Barcelona can make themselves preliminary leaders of La Liga with a victory over Granada in this game.

Players to watch

I. Uche

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Granada's joint top goalscorer this season and perhaps their most potent attacking threat. He has the physical ability to cause Barcelona problems and certainly possesses decent strength and pace. He will be isolated for most of the match but he is his team's best chance of a goal.

L. Messi

Position: Attacker

Games: 15

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The Argentine will certainly be hurting after his dramatic late penalty miss against Sevilla at the weekend. Unfortunately for Granada, this will mean that he will be even more hungry for goals in this match.

Editor's Prediction

Granada have only managed to score two La Liga goals in eight games, and considering they will see a minority of possession against Barcelona, it is unlikely that they will be able to grab a goal in the match. Combine this with the attacking talent that Barca has, and you cant see past a very comfortable victory for the Catalan side. Guardiola's team may be hurting slightly after their home draw against Sevilla at the weekend, so they will be smelling blood against the promoted side in this match.

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Granada CF GRA
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FC Barcelona FCB
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