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October 25, 2011 7:00 PM BST
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes — Granada
Referee:‬ César Muñiz‎
Attendance:‬ 22500‎
 
 
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La Liga Preview: Granada v Barcelona

The Catalan giants look to bounce back against Fabri Gonzalez's side after a disappointing draw with Sevilla on Saturday

By Martin Macdonald

Liga BBVA: Barcelona-Sevilla: Adriano; Fernando Navarro
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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, Cesc, 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 with sustaining a similar muscle problem.

Alexis Sanchez remains absent for Barcelona with a long-term hamstring injury. Gerard Pique will also miss another week after also suffering a hamstring complaint against Racing a week ago, and Ibrahim Afellay is still recovering from knee surgery and will be an absentee 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 achieved a personal record on Saturday. He has now went 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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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Feb 16, 2013 Granada 1 - FC Barcelona 2
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Sep 22, 2012 FC Barcelona 2 - Granada 0
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Spain - Primera Division ‎(LIGA)‎ Mar 20, 2012 FC Barcelona 5 - Granada 3
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Last Five Matches
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Team News
Available Squads
13RobertoGoalkeeper
16Guilherme SiqueiraDefender
21Íñigo LópezDefender
5MainzDefender
2Allan NyomDefender
11Dani BenítezMidfielder
4Fran RicoMidfielder
20Jaime RomeroMidfielder
17Mikel RicoMidfielder
23AbelMidfielder
15UcheStriker
9Alex GeijoStriker
13Júlio CésarGoalkeeper
-David CortésDefender
26Yohann MolloStriker
-Jorge RibeiroDefender
4Pape DiakhatéDefender
20Moisés HurtadoMidfielder
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
17MaxwellDefender
22Éric AbidalDefender
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
22Daniel AlvesDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
23CuencaStriker
10MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
9David 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
26 12 5 1
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 teams best chance for a goal.
Messi
Messi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
26 25 1 0
Lionel Messi will certainly be hurting after his dramatic late penalty miss against Sevilla at the weekend. Unfortunately for Granada, this will mean the Argentine will be even more hungry for goals in this match. The maestro will be out to prove a point after costing his team three points on Saturday, so be very afraid Granada.
Probable Lineups
Roberto 13
Guilherme Siqueira 16
Íñigo López 21
Mainz 5
Allan Nyom 2
Dani Benítez 11
Fran Rico 4
Jaime Romero 20
Mikel Rico 17
Abel 23
Uche 15
Víctor Valdés 1
Maxwell 17
Éric Abidal 22
Javier Mascherano 14
Daniel Alves 22
Cesc Fàbregas 4
Busquets 16
Xavi 6
Cuenca 23
Messi 10
Pedro 7
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. Pep Guardiola's side 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.
Editor's Prediction
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
26 4
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0