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  • September 2, 2012
  • • 18:50
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: José Luis González González
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Real Madrid - Granada Preview: Los Blancos look to bag first Liga win of the season

Real Madrid - Granada Preview: Los Blancos look to bag first Liga win of the season

Real madrid players celebrating with spanish supercup

The champions will be out to build on their Supercopa triumph when they welcome Juan Antonio Anquela's relegation candidates to the Santiago Bernabeu

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Modric, Ronaldo
Benzema
GRANADA

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


Luka Modric could make his first start for Real Madrid against Granada after coming on as a late substitute and impressing in the 2-1 midweek victory over Barcelona.

Boss Jose Mourinho has no fresh injury concerns, with the suspended Fabio Coentrao being the only player unavailable for selection.

Granada's Manolo Lucena should play, despite suffering a knock to his knee during training.

Senegalese defender Pape Diakhate has returned from a serious ankle injury and is available again, while midfield pair Fran Rico and Hassan Yebda are still out.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid are on a two-match winless run in La Liga. The last time they went three games without a victory in the league was in May 2009.
  • Los Blancos did the double over Granada in the previous campaign, with this corresponding fixture last season ending 5-1 in favour of the home side.
  • Madrid have been drawn in Group D for the Champions League group stage alongside Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.
  • Granada are on a four-game winless run in La Liga, stretching into the back end of the previous campaign.
  • The Andalusians lost 14 of their 19 away games in the Primera Division last season.
  • Fran Rico (pictured right) made 52 appearances for Real Madrid's reserve team between 2008-2011, scoring 11 goals.

Players to watch

L. Modrić

Position: Midfielder

Games: 7

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The Croatia playmaker showed some promising touches on his debut against Barcelona and nearly capped his short cameo with a goal. While a midfield combining the creative talents of Modric and Xabi Alonso appears formidable, the former Tottenham Hotspur man was utilised in a more advanced role in the Supercopa, suggesting he may be given Mesut Ozil's job to play those trademark raking passes to the forwards.

A. Floro Flores

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The on-loan Udinese striker has started both games for Granada this campaign and is expected to be picked again, despite publicly expressing dissent at being substituted during the opening defeat at Rayo Vallecano. The tall Italian could pose problems during set-pieces for the Madrid backline, which has looked unconvincing when dealing with crosses coming into the box.

Editor's Prediction

Real were excellent going forward in the Supercopa and deserved to beat Barcelona by a bigger scoreline, while the return of Pepe also made them defensively solid. Mourinho will demand similar performances from his players week in, week out in La Liga, especially after last weekend's debacle at Getafe.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Real Madrid

Granada

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Real Madrid
Draw
Granada CF GRA
Granada CF Granada
72%
23%

Top 3 Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
4 - 0
Granada CF GRA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
3 - 0
Granada CF GRA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
8 - 0
Granada CF GRA

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