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

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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


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

GRANADA

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

  BARCELONA
 
Valdes
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.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

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Available Squads
13RobertoGoalkeeper
15Guilherme SiqueiraDefender
2Íñigo LópezDefender
5MainzDefender
2Allan NyomDefender
-Dani BenítezMidfielder
4Fran RicoMidfielder
23Jaime RomeroMidfielder
17Mikel RicoMidfielder
23AbelMidfielder
15UcheStriker
-Alex GeijoStriker
13Júlio CésarGoalkeeper
-David CortésDefender
26Yohann MolloStriker
-Jorge RibeiroDefender
15Pape DiakhatéDefender
20Moisés HurtadoMidfielder
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
17MaxwellDefender
22Éric AbidalDefender
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
22Daniel AlvesDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
23CuencaStriker
10Lionel MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
3Andreu Fontàs PratDefender
21AdrianoDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
Players to Watch
Uche
Uche
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
1 1 1 0
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.
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
1 2 0 0
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.
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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