Preview: Barcelona vs Granada – prediction, team news, lineups
Barcelona will look to bounce back from their three-goal defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League when they continue their La Liga campaign at home to Granada on Monday night. Barcelona vs Granada live stream, Barcelona vs Granada stream, Barcelona vs Granada channel, Barcelona vs Granada h2h, Barcelona vs Granada how to watch, Barcelona vs Granada tv USA.
Ronald Koeman’s team have added seven points in their three league games to rank seventh in the table, while Granada is 17th, having accumulated just two points in their first four games.
Monday’s clash with Granada will be Barcelona’s first La Liga game since the end of August, as their meeting with Sevilla, which was scheduled for last weekend, had to be postponed due to a clash with the qualifiers. of the World Cup in South America.
However, Koeman’s team was in action last week, opening their Champions League group stage campaign with a 3-0 home loss to Bayern, and there is a lot of pressure on the manager to secure a positive result here.
All in all, Barcelona are off to a solid start to their La Liga season, beginning with a 4-2 win over Real Sociedad on August 15 before sharing the points in a 1-1 draw with Athletic de Bilbao on August 21.
The Catalan giants then clinched a 2-1 win over Getafe before the international break, and will now look to three straight wins over Granada, Cádiz, and Levante before ending the month with a trip to Benfica in the Champions League.
October, meanwhile, begins with a trip to La Liga champions Atlético, and there have been suggestions that Koeman could be relieved of his duties as head coach if the team loses points in any of its next three games.
Granada recorded a famous 2-1 victory at the Camp Nou in the corresponding match last season, and have in fact been victorious in two of their last four league matches with Barcelona, so they should head to the match of the Monday with confidence despite a disappointing start. the bell.
The visitors have finished seventh and ninth in their two La Liga seasons since returning to this level, but a disappointing start has seen them score just two points from four games to rank 17th.
Robert Moreno’s side opened their campaign with back-to-back draws against Villarreal and Valencia before suffering a 4-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano before the international break.
Granada would have been looking to get back on the winning track against Real Betis on September 13, but they were on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline, with Sergio Canales scoring in the 89th minute to decide the match.
It would be a surprise to see the team in a relegation battle this season due to the quality that is present in the New Los Cármenes Stadium, but a tough streak of matches will see them face Barcelona, Real Sociedad, Sevilla and Atlético in four. of their next five games.
Barcelona’s injury list is quite substantial at the moment, with Pedri, Jordi Alba, Martin Braithwaite, Ansu Fati, Sergio Agüero, and Ousmane Dembélé all in line to miss on Monday night.
Samuel Umtiti also missed the team’s main training on Friday due to a muscle problem, meaning that Ronald Araujo should start alongside Gerard Piqué in the middle of the defense.
Alejandro Balde made his Barcelona debut from the bench against Bayern due to Alba’s injury, and the 17-year-old is already on the starting line against Granada.
Later, Philippe Coutinho could play alongside Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay as part of the three forwards, with Sergi Roberto operating in the central midfield.
As for Granada, Neyder Lozano remains on the sidelines with a long-lasting leg injury, but the visitors are in excellent form in terms of their squad.
It would not be a surprise to see head coach Moreno switch to a three-man defense at Camp Nou, with Luis Suárez and Darwin Machis operating as the two forwards.
Meanwhile, Luis Abram impressed from the bench against Betis and now he could be in line to start, but Monchu should keep his position in the middle of the park.
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Pique, Balde; Roberto, Busquets, F de Jong; Coutinho, L de Jong, Depay
Granada possible starting lineup:
Maximiano; Duarte, Sanchez, Abram; Arias, Gonalons, Montoro, Monchu, Neva; Suarez, Machis