Granada have been one of the biggest surprises in Spain so far this season. Not only are they newly-promoted this season, they’re also second in LaLiga, tied on points with Atlético, and just one point behind league-leading Real Madrid. The Andalusians have only lost one match, against Sevilla at the end of August, and have even upset Barcelona.
Real Madrid have been just as good in LaLiga, winning three of their last five league matches and are the only remaining club to not sustain a loss yet. They are looking to bounce back after a disappointing draw against Club Brugge on Tuesday.
Real will also likely see former Madridista and veteran Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, who Granada added over the summer. Real are the favorites heading into this match, but this will be a tough one given how surprising Granada have been.
Real Madrid are starting to struggle with injuries again this week as they’ve added Marcelo, Courtois, and Nacho to the injury list this week. Nacho suffered an MCL injury, he is set to miss around two months of action. Asensio and Mendy remain out as well. Vinicius and Vazquez have not been included in the released squad.
Granada have several injuries of their own including Alex Martinez, Neyder Lozano, Yan Brice, Quini and Fede Vico.
There are no suspensions for either side in Saturday’s matchup.
Areola; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Militão; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Hazard, Benzema
With Courtois out, Alphonse Areola will step into net against Granada.
The biggest question is who will start at left-back since both Marcelo and Mendy are out with injury. Zidane could have Carvajal or Odriozola switch to the left side, but I would think it’s a bit more likely Militão sees the start.
James is back in the squad, so it will be interesting to see how he features in the team along with Isco.
Silva; Diaz, Duarte, Sánchez, Neva; Herrera, Montoro; Díaz, Azeez, Machís; Soldado
Real Madrid—Granada 3-1
This will be a tough match for Los Blancos as Granada have taken the promotion very seriously early in this season. Real need to play their hardest given some of the injuries on-hand, Granada will be working hard for the upset throughout.
The club certainly has to better than they were against Club Brugge, even though they came out with a draw, Real struggled in a match that they should’ve won.
A big bounce back is certainly needed if Real Madrid hope to remain top of the league table through the weekend. It’s going to be a battle, but Real’s league effort this season has shown they are more than capable of capturing all three points at home.