Our La Liga expert Phil Kitromilides thinks the Catalan giants will pick up the points but will not manage to keep a clean sheet on Saturday evening
But the manner of their elimination from the champions league at the quarter final stage by Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night has left many supporters disillusioned.
Barcelona therefore absolutely must win at Granada this weekend, not only to keep up the pressure on the leaders but also to try and restore morale.
Paddy Power offer the champions at 2/7 (1.29) to claim three points while Granada can be backed at 8/1 (9.00). The same offer 5/1 (6.00) that Barcelona are held to a draw on Saturday evening.
Barca have not been at their best of late but they should still have enough to overcome one of the sides battling relegation. Granada have a decent scoring record at Los Carmenes though, having netted in nine of their last 11 home matches including against some of the division's best teams like Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad.
Barca meanwhile have been less than convincing defensively conceding in eight of their last 11 fixtures and with injuries at the back beginning to take their toll Tata Martino's men certainly look a little vulnerable. The absence of Victor Valdes as well as Gerrard Pique could certainly hamper the title favourites as they look to secure domestic silverware in the upcoming weeks.
Therefore the price of 13/10 (2.30) on offer from Paddy Power for Barcelona to win and both teams to score looks extremely healthy.
|Barcelona to win and bot teams to score at 13/10 (2.30) 2.0pt stake with Paddy Power|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid