Granada-Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana look to maintain momentum ahead of Milan clash

The runaway Liga leaders travel to face Lucas Alcaraz's resurgent side hoping to add to their 12-point advantage over Atletico Madrid at the top of the table


Nyom, Lopez, Mainz, Siqueira
Recio, M Rico
Torje, Aranda, Nolito

Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano
Thiago, Song, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Sanchez

Granada midfielder Dani Benitez will miss Saturday's Primera Division encounter against Barcelona after undergoing a hernia operation earlier in the week.

Fran Rico (knee) is also sidelined, but boss Lucas Alcaraz has a full squad to choose from otherwise.

Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura is likely rest some his stars ahead of the midweek Champions League trip to AC Milan.

Striker David Villa will not travel to Andalusia after being hospitalised with kidney stones, while playmaker Xavi (hamstring) is still out.

  • Granada have won three of their last four matches in La Liga.
  • The Andalusian outfit have lost their last three encounters against Barcelona by an aggregate score of 3-8.
  • Granada have kept four clean sheets in their last five matches at Los Carmenes.
  • Barcelona have won just one of their last four away matches in all competitions (W1, D2, L1).
  • The Blaugrana boast the best attack in the Primera Division, with 78 goals scored in their 23 matches (3.3 goals per game).
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has scored eight goals in his last five Liga matches for Barca.