Barcelona host Granada at the Nou Camp on Monday evening as the Catalan giants return to action in La Liga after their midweek Champions League opener. Ronald Koeman’s men will have to make it up in front of their fans after they were trashed 3-0 by Bayern Munich on Tuesday, while Granada are still searching for their first league victory.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 20 September, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Granada: La Liga TV
Last time: Lionel Messi’s opener was not enough as Granada shocked Barcelona 2-1 at the Nou Camp the last time those teams met. Daniel Machis and Jorge Mollina scored the goals for the visitors in what was a memorable night for Granada back in April.
Barcelona v Granada Predictions and Preview
Barcelona had a nightmare start in the Champions League after losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich at home on Tuesday evening. This was the Catalans’ third consecutive defeat against the German giants and it didn’t go down well with the fans, after Bayern also beat Barca 8-2 last time out.
However, Ronald Koeman’s men cannot afford to contemplate too much about their poor start in Europea as they host a struggling Granada side at Nou Camp for their next La Liga clash on Monday evening.
Barcelona won three and lost two of their last five meetings with Granada and the Nazaries even won their last trip to Catalonia by 2-1. Lionel Messi opened the score in that game and although Barca lost on that day with him, it’s been obvious that the Blaugrana struggle even more without the Argentinian genius.
The Catalans earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over Getafe in their last La Liga fixture and will be eager to continue their good domestic form on Monday. Barcelona have two wins and one draw in their opening three games, so despite all issues, Koeman and his men are enjoying a strong start in the league.
The Dutch tactician will have to do without Sergio Aguero, Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite who are all recovering from injuries, so Luuk De Jong might get his first La Liga start for Barca, after moving Sevilla in the final days of the transfer window. The 31-year-old striker, who scored only four goals for Sevilla last term, was in the starting XI against Bayern, but failed to impress, so he might get a second chance on Monday.
Granada, meanwhile, have had a rough start of the campaign, with the Andalusians failing win any of their first four games, managing two draws and two defeats. Former Monaco coach Robert Moreno took over in the summer, but is yet to find the right formula for his new team as Granada have scored only two goals this term.
Both strikes were scored from Colombian striker Luis Suarez and while the attack is a concern, defence seems to be an issue as well. Granada have just two clean sheets in their last 15 La Liga games, so the Nazaries have to improve in that regard if they want to get close to the ninth-place finish that they achieved last term.
Despite Barcelona’s heavy defeat midweek and that they lost their last home game against Granada, the Catalans are heavy 2/9 favourites to get the three points on Monday. The draw is priced at 5/1, while a what would be a shocking victory for the visitors can be backed up at 12/1.
One to watch for Barcelona: Memphis Depay scored five goals in the Netherlands’ last two World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Turkey, while he also netted in both of Barca’s last two La Liga fixtures before the break. The Dutch forward will be eager to get back on the scoresheet after the heavy defeat against Bayern and he is 3/1 to break the deadlock against Granada.
One to watch for Granada: Luis Suarez is a name that’s well known in Barcelona. However, it’s not the Uruguayan legend that will be haunting Barcelona this time out, as Granada’s Colombian forward also has the same name. The Nazaries have netted only twice this term and both goals were scored from the 23-year-old, who is 12/1 to open the score on Monday evening.
Long shot: Granada are yet to score on the road this term and Robert Moreno’s men were beaten 4-0 by Rayo Vallecano on their last travel. A repeat of that result against Barcelona can’t be ruled out and it is a tempting option at 10/1, while it raises to 29/1 if you pair this with Depay to score first.