Hello and Welcome to cfrealmadrid.com. Today we will do a preview show of the match between Real Madrid vs Granada in La Liga season 2019/20. The match is going to be held on Saturday at Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The game depicts to be very important because both of the teams are on the top of the table. The Granada team is lagging one point from Real Madrid. Both of the teams will try to win the match maintain its monarchy on the points table.
FC Barcelona is up against Sevilla FC this week and they are just 2 points behind us. So, Real Madrid will like to keep the mace of Laliga first position in their hands. Coming on to this match, Real Madrid is on the top of the table with 15 points and Granada on 14 points after 7 matches. Real Madrid have won against Granada in the last 5 meetings where Real Madrid scored 21 goals and Granada could register only two goals. This season, Granada have shown great form and have 4 wins, 2 draws, and 1 defeat whereas Real Madrid is still undefeated in La Liga.
Real Madrid and Granada are the best performing sides in La Liga. It is shaping up an interesting race for La Liga title with Barcelona and Atletico both struggling at the start of the campaign. Many football fans think that Barcelona will run away with the championship but the Catalan giants have their own issues and problems.
Zidane too has similar sorts of problems. Real Madrid is doing well in La Liga so far, however, the fans demand improvements in may areas. Madrid lack consistency in all areas. Hazard is not up to the mark and fans expect him to perform in some bigger fashion. There have been goalkeeping issues. Zidane has been criticized heavily on matches, changes, lineups, and resting key players.
The Granada coach, Diego Martinez, has been working well with the team this season. They started the campaign without a prolific goalscorer, however, a lot of players chipped in one by one which is a good sign. Antonio Puertas is their leading scorer with 3 goals while Soldado, Fernandez, and Vico are among those who have netted the ball. This clearly shows that Granada have not been shy in front of the goal.
Real Madrid vs Granada Match Preview:
As usual, we are going to begin our match preview with the kick off timings and squads for the current fixture. Then we will have a look at our expected lineups and score prediction. Let’s start it!
Kick Off Timings:
The kick off for Real Madrid vs Granada will take place at 16:00 C.E.T on Saturday, October 05, 2019. We will be able to witness the live action between these two teams at Santiago Bernabeu, the home of Real Madrid.
Squad For Real Madrid vs Granada
The official Squad List for Real Madrid vs Granada has been announced and the following 19 players have been named in the squad list:
- GoalKeeper: Areola, Altube, and Belman.
- Defenders: Carvajal, Militao, Ramos, Varane, and Odriozola.
- Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, James, and Isco.
- Forwards: Benzema, Hazard, Bale, Jovic, and Rodrygo.
Zidane will play Areola as Courtois missed today’s training and Castilla keeper Altube will likely come in the squad as a backup keeper.
Zidane will use Varane and Ramos in the CB positions. He will not give Ramos a rest simply because he is very crucial for the match. This duo has been our best duo for a few years and it can easily handle the pressure of any game.
Zidane will prefer experienced Carvajal in the RB position. Odriozola played well against Osasuna but Zidane will stick with first choice right back. Marcelo is not included in the squad, so, I think Militao will play on the left side. Alternatively, we can see Odriazola on the left back as well. However, I still think that Militao will be a better option.
Most likely we will see a midfield of Casemiro, Kroos, and Modric. Casemiro will play as a defensive midfielder while Kroos and Modric will start in the center of the midfield. This is the ultimate midfield option for Zidane and I think he will stick with this midfield.
Benzema will play as a striker. He has scored in every game in the last four matches against Granada. Bale will make the return after resting against Brugge. Eden Hazard will also be there with them. Eden Hazard is still questionable as he is yet to show his form in white shirts. It will be a very crucial game for Hazard. Vinicius Jr is not included in the squad and it’s time for the youngster, Rodrygo, to make is mark coming from the bench.
Rodrygo, Isco, and James will most probably come from the bench. Odriazola will also be there on the bench with Luka Jovic and Valverde. Personally, I think that Zidane will give more minutes to Rodrygo in this match to test the nerves of the youngster.
I hope that Real Madrid will not lose points just like we witness in Champions league match against Club Brugge. So, I am predicting a 2-0 win to Real Madrid.
That’s all for today’s preview of Real Madrid vs Granada match. What are your thoughts on this game? Who do you think would start the game? Let us know in the comments section. Up till the match, we are going, and after the match quickly come here because the match review will be waiting for you. Until then, Hala Madrid!