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Primera División

  • September 22, 2012
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
  • • Attendance: 65834
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La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Granada

La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Granada

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Tito Vilanova's side returns to domestic action against the Andalusian outfit, following a hard-fought win over Spartak Moscow in its Champions League opener on Wednesday.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Alves, Song, Mascherano, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas
Tello, Messi, Sanchez

GRANADA

Tono
Nyom, Lopez, Gomez, Siqueira
Iriney, M Rico
Torje, Orellana, El-Arabi
Floro Flores

Barcelona will be without Gerard Pique for Saturday's Primera Division encounter with Granada at Camp Nou. The center back sprained his ankle in the Champions League win over Spartak Moscow and will join captain Carles Puyol (knee) and midfielder Andres Iniesta (hamstring) on the sidelines. Alex Song is set to be drafted in as replacement for Pique, while Jordi Alba is expected to return after recovering from a bout of flu.

Granada strikers Antonio Floro Flores and Darwin Machis are both expected to be fit for the trip to Catalonia, despite sustaining knocks in the 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna. Borja Gomez returns from suspension but Odion Ighalo, Fran Rico, Hassan Yebda, Manolo Lucena and Roberto are all out.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona has won all its four matches in La Liga to date but has kept just one clean sheet.
  • A Lionel Messi hat trick propelled the Catalan side to a 5-3 win in the corresponding fixture last season.
  • With his double against Spartak Moscow, Messi (pictured right) extended his Champions League tally to 53 goals. That total is only bettered by Andriy Shevchenko (59), Ruud van Nistelrooy (60) and Raul (71).
  • Granada is still searching for its first win of the season after two draws and two defeats in their four fixtures.
  • The Andalusian side has won just one of its last 11 matches away from home in La Liga (W1, D1, L9).
  • Granada has scored just one goal in its last six away games.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Barcelona

Granada

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
Draw
Granada CF GRA
Granada CF Granada
85%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
5 - 0
Granada CF GRA
FC Barcelona FCB
4 - 0
Granada CF GRA
FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 0
Granada CF GRA

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