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  • October 25, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 22500
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La Liga Preview: Granada v Barcelona

La Liga Preview: Granada v Barcelona

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


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.

Players to watch

I. Uche

Position: Attacker

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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.

L. Messi

Position: Attacker

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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.

Editor's 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Granada

Barcelona

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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

Top 3 Predictions

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

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