Real Madrid are looking for another three big points in their bid for a first La Liga title in three years when they travel to Los Carmenes on Monday night. They should have an agreeable opponent in the form Granada, with the capital club enjoying a superb record against the Andalusians.
Where and when: Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes – 13 July, kick-off 21:00
Where you can see Granada vs. Real Madrid: Premier Sports
Last time: Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric and James Rodriguez were all on target as Madrid beat Granada 4-2 at the Bernabeu in October.
Granada v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid have beaten Granada nine times in a row, and if they can make it 10, it would strike a major blow in this season’s title race. Los Blancos have their fate firmly in their own hands thanks to Barcelona’s struggles since the restart, but they need to concentrate on taking care of their own business here.
Business has certainly been good for them against Granada in recent years. Real have scored 32 goals in winning each of their last nine against El Grana, conceding only four at the other end. That run includes a huge 9-1 victory a few years back, while Madrid have scored five, four and four in their last three against the Andalusian outfit.
Although Granada are having a decent season up in the top half of the table, they’ve struggled since the break, only winning one of their six games since beating Getafe on their return to action last month. Diego Martinez’s side did get a draw against Valencia last weekend, but Madrid are a completely different proposition to Los Che.
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Zinedine Zidane worked wonders during the three-month hiatus, with Real returning from the break with victories in each of their opening seven matches. They haven’t exactly been blowing teams away, with three straight 1-0 victories prior to Friday’s home game against Alaves, but it’s all about the three points at this stage of the season.
The visitors are the 1/2 favourites to take the spoils back to Madrid with them. They may have to do so without injury doubts Eden Hazard, Nacho Fernandez and Raphael Varane, although Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal are both back from bans.
Granada, meanwhile, will be without Alex Martinez, Quini, Maxime Gonalons and Neyder Lozano. Angel Montoro could be okay to play though, with the home team 33/5 to do Barcelona a massive favour by taking the win. A draw is priced at 18/5.
One to watch for Granada: Carlos Fernandez is Granada’s top scorer in La Liga and looking to get into double figures for the season. He is 10/1 to break the deadlock on Monday night.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema is bearing down on the 20-goal mark in the league. He netted inside the first couple of minutes when these teams met earlier this term and is 3/1 to open the scoring once again.
Long shot: The last three games between these clubs have produced 15 goals at an average of exactly five per game. Real Madrid are 11/2 to win with over 4.5 goals in this match, and 21/1 to produce their biggest post-lockdown win with a 4-1 victory at Los Carmenes.