Granada (@9.5) vs Barcelona (@1.33)

Our Prediction:

Barcelona will win

Granada – Barcelona Match Prediction | 22-09-2019 15:00

They won 1-4 in this fixture last season and expect something similar here. With Messi back in the fold after injury, the goals will surely follow and Ernesto Valverde's men should get back to winning ways and rack up the goals here. Barcelona were held to a rare draw in Dortmund in their midweek Champions League match but they will look to get back on track here.

Even so they have surprised many with the quality of their attacking play so far this term with wingers Darwin Machis and Antonio Puertas catching the eye while Yangel Herrera has excelled in midfield. They are La Ligas third highest scorers after another road victory at Celta Vigo last time out. Their opponents were reduced to 9 men early in that game so ultimately it was a match they would have expected to win. Granada meanwhile have been flying.

There was a debut goal for Sergio Reguiln who shone at left-back and it was the Real Madrid loanee who turned provider to set up forgotten man Nolito for a fine second. Sevilla meanwhile also made a good start on the opening weekend. They named seven debutants in their starting eleven for the trip to Espanyol but came away with an impressive 2-0 victory in a game they were the dominant force in.

are going to record their third victory of the season. Granada did defeat Celta Vigo 2-0 on the road at the weekend, but you should bear in mind that both Jorge Saenz and Fran Beltran were sent off in Sundays football match. In their last meeting at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes Barcelona recorded a 4-1 win over Granada. The newcomers face an uphill task against Barcelona and we are positive that Leo Messi and Co.

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The Andalusians are determined to impress on their return to the Spanish top flight, but seeing that Villarreal are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting at Estadio de la Ceramica Villarreal recorded a 2-0 win over Granada, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts.

Villarreal have been producing fine performances in pre-season and seeing that they outplayed the likes of Augsburg, Koln, Levante and WBA, we believe that Santi Cazorla and Co. are capable of beating newcomers Granada in front of home fans. The Yellows were struggling in the 2018/2019 La Liga season, but they eventually managed to avoid the drop to the Spanish second tier. Estadio de la Ceramica will host Saturdays football match between Villarreal and Granada, the two teams who face each other in the opening match of the season.

I looked at their recent performances and their styles of play, as well as other factors like tradition while I was crafting my selection. Both of these teams started this season similarly, but there is a big difference in quality. If we take everything I said, it points to the away win with over 3.5 goals scored. Barcelona looks too strong for Granada as of now.

Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past. Barcelona is a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning El Pichichi award.

That is the style, that Barcelona is known for. In the last 10 matches between them, only once was scored under 2.5 goals. A demolishing victory is something we see quite a lot on their games, even though they have taken just one away point from the last 9 available in La Liga. On the other side, Granada has never trailed by over 1.5 goals at halftime in La Liga Head-to-Head matches at home this century. Barcelona is dominating their Head-to-Head matches with only 2 defeats from 20 games in recent history.

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The winners of this Fridays game will (briefly at least) go top of the table so theres plenty of incentive here for both Granada and Sevilla with Andalusian pride also at stake. The visitors will be the favourites but they will know they will be in for a game against a Granada side who caught the eye on the opening weekend.

Ernesto Valverde must decide whether to start with Messi or keep faith with 16 year old sensation Ansu Fati from the off in Granada. He came off the bench in Dortmund but is clearly going to be a bit short on match sharpness and is unlikely to get through 90 minutes here. The Catalans could at least name Leo Messi in their starting lineup for the first time this season.

Sevilla are the favourites but Granada will be full of belief following an excellent pre-season and that fine comeback at Villarreal. Julen Lopeteguis team have plenty of quality out wide and in midfield though and will certainly ask plenty of questions of their newly promoted opponents and this has the potential to be a good game with goals at both ends. They will fancy they can be a threat from set-pieces again here against a team that will take time to gel and could just be caught off guard at the back given there are clearly players still getting used to playing with one another.

The reigning champions are eager to climb to top position in the standings and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Andalusians on Matchday 5. Barcelona will be aiming to build on a 5-2 win over Valencia when they take on newcomers Granada on Matchday 5. Luis Suarez scored on his return from injury and, to make things even better for Barca fans, key player Leo Messi should return against Granada as well.