clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Granada vs Real Madrid, 2017 La Liga: Match Preview

We interrupt your Champions League coverage for some La Liga action.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Real Madrid CF v Club Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Real Madrid are flying right now, with little-to-no signs of slowing down. But can 19th-place Granada ruin Madrid’s momentum? The answer is no.

In Madrid’s last three matches, where they picked up three wins, they scored a combined 11 goals and conceded three — two of which came in a La Liga match against Deportivo where Zinedine Zidane’s side won 6-2 with a rotated squad. On the other hand, Granada has yet to win or draw a match since early April. In Granada’s last contest where they picked up one point, they fought to a draw against Madrid’s last La Liga opponent, Deportivo, to a meagre score of 0-0. Furthermore, in Granada’s last five matches, they have only scored two goals and conceded twelve.

Granada currently sits 19th in La Liga with 20 points to their name. They remain one point above Osasuna and four behind Sporting Gijon. Granada will be enjoying life in the Segunda Division next year.

Having little to nothing to play for, Granada will most likely roll over against Madrid this Saturday. With Madrid fighting to win the league, there is no doubt that Granada will experience a rough night. With the second leg of the Champions League Semifinals set to take place during the middle of the week, it may result in Madrid fielding yet another rotated side against a weak opposition for a La Liga match. However, this shouldn’t worry any Madrid fans. After seeing what a rotated squad could do against a bottom feeder a few backs against Deportivo, it is safe to say Madrid will do just fine this weekend against Granada. Throw in the fact that youngsters Asensio and Vazquez are on fire at the moment and fans will enjoy yet another La Liga win.

Projected starting XI:

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas, Danilo, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kovacic, James; Vazquez, Asensio, Morata

Granada: Ochoa; Foulquier, Silva, Ingason, Hongola; Cuenca, Angban, Uche, Pereira; Ramos, Malle

How to watch Granada vs Real Madrid

Day: Saturday, May 6th 2017.

Kick-off time: 20:45 CET, 02:45 pm EST.

Venue: Granada, Spain.

Available TV: BeIN Sports (USA), Movistar Partidazo (Spain).

Available streaming: BeIN Sports Connect (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madrid game with a high-quality and legal stream, click here to sign up and benefit from a huge offer for new members and Managing Madrid readers).

Staff Predictions

Result (1) Score (2) Goal Scorers (3) Total Score
Result (1) Score (2) Goal Scorers (3) Total Score
Om RM Win 2-1 CR7, Ramos; Higuaín 42
Kiyan RM Win 3-1 Benz, CR7, Asensio; Pjanic 45
Timm RM Win 2-1 (RM win extra time) CR7, Ramos; Dybala 41
Mike - - - 34
Lucas RM Loss 1-2 CR7; Higuaín, Dybala 26
Nate RM Win 4-2 -CR7x2, Bale, Morata; Higuain, Dybala 47
Marc - - - 3
Lewis - - - 10
Tommy RM Loss 1-2 Benz; Higuaín, Mandzukic 19
Naguib RM Win 2-0 CR7, Bale 29
Vicki - - - 1
Ondra RM Win 2-0 CR7, Ramos 18
Jack RM Win 2-2 (RM win on pk's 4-3) CR7, Ramos; Dybala x2 6
Matt RM Win 1-0 CR7 8
Sam RM Win 2-1 - 1
José RM Win 3-1 CR7 x2, Morata; Mandzukic 3

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Managing Madrid Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Real Madrid news from Managing Madrid