Seven points from safety with 10 matches left of the season is not an ideal position to be in and things could get a lot worse for Granada after this weekend.
Barcelona head south to the region of Andalusia looking for three vital points in the title race and knowing they will have to fully focus despite their opponents' lowly position in the table.
The Spanish champions' last away game in La Liga saw them suffer a shock 2-1 defeat at struggling Deportivo La Coruna, while the Blaugrana have often looked a little sluggish after international breaks.
That might have something to do with the mileage that their South American attacking trio have to cover to represent their countries, and Messi, Suarez and Neymar had a mixed time on international duty.
While Neymar was shining for Brazil helping them to two wins, and qualification for next summer's World Cup, both Suarez and Messi missed one of their respective nation's two matches through suspension with both Uruguay and Argentina far from certain of a place at the finals.
As well as the physical exertion there could well be something of a mental hangover for the players which could either serve as a catalyst or perhaps leave them a little flat. Irrespective of their star strikers' international activities, Barca remain clear favorites and rightly so with Paddy Power offering them at 2/11 (1.18) for the win, while Granada can be backed at 12/1 (13.00) and the draw is priced at 6/1 (7.00).
While the hosts are in the relegation zone and staring into the abyss of second division football, their home record in recent weeks has been pretty strong. Since the turn of the year the Andalusians have won three and drawn one of their five home matches with their only defeat coming against Atletico Madrid, who scored late on to win 1-0.
Nevertheless, only Leganes have scored fewer than Granada's total of 25 league goals this term, and their inefficiency in the final third, coupled with the second worst defence in the division looks like being a recipie for relegation.
In terms of backing the visitors, the price of 4/7 (1.57) for Barca to be ahead at half time or full time does not overly appeal, while the Catalans are offered at just 4/6 (1.66) to score over 3.5 goals.
Perhaps a better way of backing them therefore is investing in them to be ahead after 30 minutes which is priced at a more healthy looking 10/11 (1.91), with this bet paying out in four of the last five meetings between these two teams.
|Barcelona to be ahead at 30 minutes at 10/11 (1.91) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power|