Granada – Real Madrid Preview: Resino’s side look to seal top-flight status
The Andalusians need two more points to guarantee their survival in the Primera Division as they prepare to welcome the newly-crowned champions to the Nuevo Los Carmenes
By Karthick Arvinth
Nyom, Lopez, B Gomez, Siqueira
Moises, M Rico
Jara, Martins, Benitez
Arbeloa, Albiol, Varane, Marcelo
Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo
Granada’s Inigo Lopez is a minor doubt for Saturday’s visit of Real Madrid after sustaining a muscle injury during training.
Fellow defender Diego Mainz is also struggling with a similar problem, while Roberto, Pape Diakhate, Fran Rico and Hassan Yebda are all out.
With the league title already in the bag, Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is likely to give his fringe players some match experience, and there could be long-awaited recalls to the starting line-up for Nuri Sahin, Raphael Varane and Raul Albiol.
Fabio Coentrao and Mesut Ozil are both suspended, but Angel Di Maria returns from a one-match ban.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Granada have won five of their last eight home games in La Liga.
- Only Racing Santander (25) and Real Zaragoza (32) have scored fewer goals in the Primera Division this term than Granada (34).
- Fran Rico played for the Real Madrid B team between 2008-11, making over 50 league appearances.
- Real Madrid are on a 21-match unbeaten run in La Liga (W18, D3).
- Averaging 3.2 goals per game, Los Blancos boast the best attack in the Primera Division.
- Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured right) is the first player to score at least 40 goals in successive seasons in Europe’s top five leagues
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Top 3 Predictions
Granada 0-8 Real Madrid CF
- 18.99 %
Granada 0-5 Real Madrid CF
- 12.28 %
Granada 0-4 Real Madrid CF
- 10.28 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Aug 26, 2013||Granada 0 - Real Madrid CF 1|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Feb 2, 2013||Granada 1 - Real Madrid CF 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Sep 2, 2012||Real Madrid CF 3 - Granada 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||May 5, 2012||Granada 1 - Real Madrid CF 2|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Jan 7, 2012||Real Madrid CF 5 - Granada 1|
|Dec 1, 2013||Granada 1 - Sevilla 2||LIGA|
|Nov 23, 2013||FC Barcelona 4 - Granada 0||LIGA|
|Nov 8, 2013||Granada 3 - Malaga 1||LIGA|
|Nov 3, 2013||Levante 0 - Granada 1||LIGA|
|Oct 31, 2013||Granada 1 - Atletico Madrid 2||LIGA|
|22||Ángel Di María||Midfielder|
|-||José Andrés Rodríguez Gaitán||Midfielder|
Granada secured a hugely significant victory over Espanyol in midweek and will be eyeing at least a point out of this as they vie to secure their stay in the Primera Division. The visitors looks set to rotate their squad, but they should still have too much quality for the Andalusians, who could confirm their top-flight status even in defeat should results go their way elsewhere.