Real Madrid v Granada is the opening game in La Liga in 2017 for Los Blancos on Saturday (12:00, UK Time). Zinedine Zidane’s side arrive very strong after thrashing (3-0) Sevilla in the first leg of the Last 16 Round in Copa del Rey.
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The early kick off on Saturday in La Liga sees Real Madrid welcoming strugglers Granada to keep pace at the top of the table. Los Blancos have won the last 4 games in all competitions, including the FIFA Club World Cup trophy. Besides, they welcome the new year with one of the best games of the season, beating Sevilla in a great performance.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be back on Saturday after missing the Copa del Rey clash to have some rest. Benzema is also ready to start together with Isco -both were on the bench on Wednesday-. James Rodríguez could repeat in the line up after his two goals in the game. Zidane still has injury problems with Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Lucas Vázquez, Kovacic or Bale sidelined.
Granada are struggling in the bottom three of the table. The team improved in the last month of 2016 with two victories and one draw. However, they failed to get a point in the last game of the year against Real Sociedad, so they are still three points down to get out of the relegation zone. Cuenca, Saunier and Foulquier could miss the game with different injury problems.
Real Madrid v Sevilla Predicted Line Ups
Real Madrid (4-4-2): Keylor Navas; Marcelo, Nacho, Varane, Danilo; Casemiro, Modric, Isco, James Rodríguez; Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema.
Granada (4-3-3): Ochoa; Gabriel, Saunier, Lombán, Foulquier; Samper, Pereira, Uche; Boga, Cuenca and Kravets.
Real Madrid v Granada Betting Tips
Real Madrid have won 8, drawn 2 and lost 0 games out of the last 10.
Granada have won 2, drawn 4 and lost 4 of the last 10 games.
In the last 10 games, R. Madrid have scored an average of 2,8 goals and have received and average of 1,0 goals.
In the last 10 games, Granada have scored an average of 0,7 goals per game and have conceded 1,2 goals per game.
There have been over 2,5 goals in 8 of the last 10 Real Madrid games.
There have been 2,5 goals in 2 of the last 10 Granada.
Real Madrid v Granada Prediction
We can only see an easy victory for Real Madrid on Saturday. .Los Blancos showed on Wednesday that they are back from the holidays stronger than ever and Zinedine Zidane can count again on Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema to lead the attacking line.
Besides, Granada is one of the worse teams of La Liga. Their performances are getting better and they even beat Sevilla at home and only lost 1-0 on the road against Barcelona. However, we think Real Madrid should win easily this game.
Los Blancos suffered to beat Granada last season and only a goal from Benzema gave the three points to Benítez’s team. At Los Cármenes, Real Madrid also won (1-2) with the French striker scoring another goal. We want also to remember the great result obtained two season ago (9-1) with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring five goals.
Free Betting Tips
Real Madrid to win 1/14 at Bet365.
More than 2,5 goals 1/6 at Bet365.
Real Madrid to win 4-0 7/1 in bet365.