La Liga – FC Barcelona vs Granada: Betting Preview
The last match of round five in La Liga sees FC Barcelona welcome Granada to Camp Nou on Monday evening.
Fresh from a Champions League hammering from Bayern Munich, Barcelona seek a quick response at home. Fresh injury blows for Pedri and Jordi Alba, however, are unfortunate. The injury-hit Blaugrana are now missing several players ahead of what can only be described as a must-win match.
Granada, on the other hand, don’t have the same injury troubles but are no better off either. The Nazaries lie seven spots behind their 10th-placed Catalan foes in 17th in La Liga. They’re winless in their first four games of the new season, having collected just two points.
That said, it was Granada, not a then Lionel Messi-led Barcelona, who won the last encounter at Camp Nou 2-1 back in April.
Let’s have a look at the form of both sides and the stats from their previous encounters to come up with a reasonable betting prediction.
Barcelona have performed more or less to expectations in their last 10 La Liga fixtures. The Blaugrana have hit the target 1.8 times on average per game, scoring 18 goals along the way. They kept 2 clean sheets, conceding 14 goals for an average of 1.4 per game.
Granada, though, have struggled to find the back of the net consistently. In their last 10 La Liga fixture, the Andalusian side scored 8 goals for an average of 0.8 goals per game. They conceded just 19 goals, an average of 1.9 per game, and kept 2 clean sheets.
- Barcelona unbeaten the last 4 matches in a row;
- Barcelona scored in the last 35 of 37 matches;
- Barcelona conceded in the last 10 of 12 matches;
- Both teams scored in Barcelona’s last 10 of 12 matches.
- Granada did not win the last 9 matches in a row;
- Granada did not win the last 4 matches in a row when playing away;
- Granada conceded in the last 13 of 15 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Granada’s last 3 of 5 matches.
It has been a rollercoaster couple of weeks for Barcelona with performances showing little sign of stability. In their 3 latest outings, Ronald Koeman’s side achieved a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao and went on to a 2-1 win against Getafe. Their latest game produced a 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Andalusians hoping for fresh start.
Granada go into this encounter on the back of some poor performances in the league. In their previous 3 matches, Robert Moreno’s side experienced a 1-1 draw with Valencia and went on to a 4-0 defeat against Rayo Vallecano. Their latest match served up a 2-1 defeat against Real Betis.
The last time the two clubs squared up against each other, which was back on 29 April 2021, Granada ran away with a 1-2 victory.
Barcelona have the following 8-0-2 meeting statistics with Granada.
Martin Braithwaite is out, so an in-form Memphis Depay looks like Barcelona’s first-choice bet for a goalscorer. Colombian star Luis Suarez, meanwhile, has certainly delivered the goods for Granada in recent matches. The 23-year-old has scored 2 goals in his last 3 games.