Barca could climb up to 3rd place in LaLiga with a win at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes on Saturday, but Granada beat them the last time out at this venue. Take a look at our Granada vs Barcelona Preview.
Granada Recent Form & Team News
A 2-0 defeat at Eibar saw Granada miss out on the chance to move drastically closer to a European qualification spot. They have lost five of seven LaLiga games entered as outsiders so far this term (W2, L5), but won last season’s home H2H 2-0 – though that is their only home league win against the LL’s consistent top three of 2013-2020 since the start of 2014/15.
That lack of stalemates in LL fixtures entered as outsiders is more topically reflected in their return from eight league games played across all venues since the end of the November international break (W3, D1, L4). Within that sequence, the last three defeats all saw the Andalusian club lose the second half 2-0.
Player to watch: Ramon Azeez’ last two career home goals have come via his head in the first half of play – both games (W2) saw his team on the day register a clean sheet.
Diego Martinez cannot count on Neyder Lozano (leg), Darwin Machis (muscle), Luis Milla (illness), and Angel Montoro (foot).
Barcelona Recent Form & Team News
Barcelona have gone seven games unbeaten (W5, D2), within which they twice won the second half 1-0 in the course of victory. In an echo of that, seven of the last nine league H2Hs have seen at least one half produce a 1-0 scoreline. Meanwhile, three of the four halves played across the draws produced exactly two match goals – all individually yielding a 1-1 scoreline.
Psychologically, moving up to third on Wednesday night should provide a much-needed boost to the Blaugranes. Yet, Barcelona’s LaLiga away form since the end of the October international break is still level-pegging (W3, D1, L3), with the Catalan outfit conceding the decider before the hour mark in two of those three losses.
Player to watch: Lionel Messi’s decisive double vs Athletic Bilbao in midweek, including a goal either side of HT, was his 90th two-goal haul in LL action. Almost half of those 90 games (44) involved a decisive goal from Messi.
Hot stat: Just one of the last 25 LL H2Hs saw both sides score in the first half.
Ronald Koeman will be without Philippe Coutinho (knee), Anssumane Fati (knee), and Clement Lenglet (suspension). Gerard Pique (knee) and Sergi Roberto (thigh) are also out.
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