Real Madrid vs Granada La Liga Sports Odds / Soccer Predictions
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|+895 (104)||Spread||-357 (-124)|
|Over 3.5 (110)||Total||Under 3.5 (-130)|
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Real Madrid -357
Unbeaten in La Liga (LL) so far this term (W4, D3), Real Madrid certainly pick their moments. Across all venues, three of Real’s last four league wins have seen them score at least once beyond the hour mark. Furthermore, they have seen their last four home league wins yield the decisive goal ten minutes either side of the 45th-minute mark.
Even shipping the first goal is unlikely to phase Real Madrid, who have recovered full points from the two most recent LL home matches to see them concede first. Additionally, a record of: P6, W6 (GF 25, GA 2), in league H2Hs at the Bernabeu this decade illustrates the gulf that still exists.
There are still plenty of underlying issues at the Bernabeu, but it is difficult to be too critical of Madrid considering that they have been the best performing side in La Liga this season. Indeed, four wins and three draws from their seven matches sees them top the table with 15 points.
Despite Madrid's strong domestic form, they have struggled in the Champions League this season; a Paris Saint-Germain team without the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani beat them 3-0 in their group opener on September 18, before they were held by Club Brugge at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Brugge actually led 2-0 in the Spanish capital heading into the second period, but Sergio Ramos and Casemiro both scored to ensure that Zidane's side would at least claim a point. Madrid still have plenty of work to do in Group A, however, as they already trail section leaders PSG by five points.
It would be fair to say that Eden Hazard has struggled in the early weeks of the season, and it is getting to the point where Los Blancos need a big performance from the Belgium international. On paper, Madrid are certainly the favourites this weekend, but Granada have been really impressive over the last few weeks.
That said, the capital giants have won their last eight matches against Granada in Spain's top flight - keeping a clean sheet in six of those encounters. What's more, the 33-time Spanish champions have not conceded a single goal in La Liga since the middle of September when they shipped two goals against Levante.
Real Madrid Predicted Line Ups: Areola – Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo – Casemiro, James, Modric – Bale, Benzema, Hazard (4-3-3)
Real Madrid Key Player
|Note: Two of Real Madrid’s last three home games across all competitions have each seen Casemiro score the final Real goal on the day.|
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Granada are no pushovers though, and a win will leapfrog them above their hosts to the top of the table. Four wins ‘to-nil’ across their last five LL games have put them in this lofty position, with each of those four victories seeing the newcomers specifically win the first half 1-0.
Away from home, Granada are still unbeaten (W2, D2). Both draws within that sequence saw them strike back after conceding first, netting the equaliser in the five minutes prior to half-time on both occasions.
Granada will travel full of optimism having really impressed on the road this term. They’ve already won comfortably away to Celta and Espanyol while they scored 4 in a draw at Villarreal. Therefore it certainly looks as though they have the tools to ask questions of this Real Madrid side.
They may look to get top scorer Antonio Puertas involved as much as possible with the winger in direct opposition to Marcelo down the Granada right flank. Granada had beaten Espanyol 3-0 and Celta Vigo 2-0 ahead of the Barca game, while they then drew with Real Valladolid before overcoming Leganes on home soil last weekend. There were suggestions that the team would struggle this season, but they are showing top-four form at the moment.
El Grana spent six straight seasons in Spain's top flight before being relegated at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. They finished 10th in the Segunda in 2017-18 but secured a return to La Liga by ending last season second behind Osasuna, who have only won one of their seven league games this term.
The Andalusian team have not actually finished higher than 15th in La Liga since claiming sixth in 1973-74. It is still very early in the campaign, but as mentioned above, Martinez's side have shown plenty of positives thus far.
There has not really been an outstanding goalscorer for Granada in the early weeks of the season, with a number of players chipping in, which is a good sign. Antonio Puertas is the leading scorer with three, while Roberto Soldado, Carlos Fernandez, Fede Vico, and Azeez are among those to have netted.
Granada will not face another of Spain's big three teams until the end of November when they take on Atletico, and therefore a positive result against Madrid this weekend would lead them nicely into a set of winnable fixtures over the next six weeks or so.
Granada Predicted Line Ups: Silva – Neva, Sanchez, Duarte, Diaz – Azeez. Montoro, Herrera – Machis, Soldado, Puertas (4-3-3)
Granada Key Player
|Note: Granada’s Carlos Fernández has scored in two of his side’s last three LL away games, being the second scorer overall in the match each time.|
The Picks: Real Madrid -357, Over 3.5
|Real Madrid vs Granada Extra Points|
|Granada have scored four headed goals in LaLiga 2019/20, double the amount of any other side, scoring with four of their six headed shots on target.|
|Granada have collected 14 points after seven games in LaLiga 2019/20 (W4 D2 L1), their best ever total at this stage in a top-flight campaign.|
|Real Madrid have won their last eight league games against Granada, scoring 28 goals in total, 3.5 on average.|
|Granada have lost 14 of their last 15 LaLiga games against Real Madrid. Their only win in that run was in February 2013 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo own goal.|
|Real Madrid have only suffered one defeat in their last 23 LaLiga home games against Granada (W20 D2), 0-1 on January 1974, the only time they failed to score.|