La Liga champions Real Madrid are looking to end the calendar year on a high, with Granada the visitors to the Spanish capital in this final fixture before Christmas. Los Blancos look like they’ve steadied the ship after a rocky start to the season, but El Grana will be no pushover in this midweek clash.
Where and when: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – 23 December, kick-off 18:45
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Granada: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema both struck early on as Real Madrid beat Granada 2-1 at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes in July.
Real Madrid v Granada Predictions and Preview
That Real Madrid victory against Granada five months ago was a 10th successive win for Los Blancos in this fixture. A winning run which stretches back to 2013, El Grana have never beaten Madrid away from home. The visitors have been in decent enough form this season, so can they spring a surprise on Wednesday night?
It’s a tough ask for Diego Martinez and his players. Madrid are starting to come into form after a poor start to the season, winning four in a row prior to their weekend clash with Eibar. That included key victories in the Champions League and La Liga, such as a 2-0 win against Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are slowly getting their act together, while the Real coach has also seen his injury problems largely evaporate of late. We still await a semblance of form and fitness from Eden Hazard, but stalwarts like Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema have been stepping up to the plate when they’ve been needed most.
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Granada took a four-match unbeaten run into their home game against Real Betis on Sunday, with Los Rojiblancos recovering from a three-game losing sequence last month. El Grana are hovering around the same seventh position they finished in last season, with the Andalusian outfit bidding to qualify for Europe for a second successive time.
Those thoughts are for another day, with Martinez more concerned about his mounting injury list at present. The visitors’ coach could be missing up to six players for this Real Madrid v Granada preview, which only hampers their chances of getting a result. Even with a fully-fit squad, the away team would be the clear underdogs. As it is, they are 11/1 for the win with William Hill. Madrid are the 4/13 favourites, with the draw priced at 24/5.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has come into some form after a slow start to the season, with the French striker the 5/2 favourite to open the scoring on Wednesday night.
One to watch for Granada: Colombian forward Luis Suarez has scored three goals in nine La Liga appearances so far this season, and is 12/1 to add to his tally by breaking the deadlock in these Real Madrid v Granada predictions.
Long shot: Real Madrid have scored 34 goals in their last 10 games against Granada, with 21 of those coming in their five home games. That’s an average of 4.2 per game. Los Blancos are 13/1 to win this game 4-0, rising to 45/1 with Benzema scoring first.