Preview: FC Barcelona v Granada

This Saturday at 8.45pm CET FC Barcelona will play their next league fixture against Granada at the Camp Nou. It’s matchday ten in La Liga season 2016/2017. Having scored 15 goals in the last four matches in La Liga, Barça look to continue their October form and chase down Real Madrid and Sevilla at the top spots.

Granada on the other hand has been by far the worst team in La Liga. Only three points in nine matches, and Granada is still without a win this season. After their 7-1 blowout against Atletico, they also account for the worst defense in the league with 23 goals against.

Recent form

Barcelona last match:

Starting XI: ter Stegen – Digne, Umtiti, Mascherano, Roberto – Iniesta (Rakitic 14’), Busquets, Gomes (Suarez 71′) – Neymar, Suarez, Messi

Result: 3-2 win against Valencia, goals by Messi (22′, 90+’) and Suarez (62’)

Barcelona last 5 matches: W-W-W-L-W

Granada last match:

Starting XI: Ocha – Gabriel, Lomban, Vezo, Tito – Pereira (Atzily 80′), Angban (Marquez 72′), Agbo, Cuenca – Ponce (Bueno 46′), Kravets

Result: 0-0 draw against Sporting Gijon

Granada last 5 matches: D-L-L-L-L

Team news

Inuries are  currently piling up for Barça as Alba, Cillessen, Iniesta, Mathieu and Pique are all out for this match. This leaves only Umtiti and Mascherano as CB’s in the squad. With the decisive Champions League match next week, don’t be surprised if Barcelona B starlet Marlon will be called up and starts to rest Mascherano.

Granada is set to miss Uruguayan international Gaston Silva due to a muscle injury. Also Foulquier will be out with an injury. Lucas Alvarez must be expected to start with a defensive tactic, keeping his 7-1 debut loss against Atletico in mind.

Match Prediction

Barça win with at least a margin of 3 to 0.

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  • Kneowell Anyanwu

    I would start Paco and bench suarez, considering suarez is a yellow card away from ban, and we have Man City and sevilla next. Paco needs more playing time and should get a full 90 minutes against a low granada, hopefully Paco can get a goal or two which will boost his confidence.

  • Ayanfe Dada

    Should be a pretty comfortable game for us to win. If I were Lucho, I would go with a lineup of Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Digne, Dennis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Neymar da Silva JR, Paco Alcàcer, and Lionel Messi

  • Eivind Niclasen

    Boring! 45 minutes of nothing are about to come to an end. Mighty Granada is parking the bus at the Camp Nou to a slow and indifferent Barca led by Luis Suarez, who can´t buy a goal these days.

  • Godwin

    I don’t like the way Rafinha plays in this Barca. He is not type of midfielder that Barca needs.

    Even though he did score a winning goal and he scores many time, but I think he is not the midfielder I will play him in big games. He lacks vision and ball controls to control our middle of the park.

    The problem of his is that he always thinks of scoring goals and not to be the man to start attack as a Barca midfielder. He always charges forward to score goal but this should not be his prime target, his prime target is to stay at the right side of midfield with Busi and either Gomes or Dennis on the left side of midfield and start Barca attacks. This is why when he plays, Barca midfield is lost, he does not stay close to his midfielders to control the midfield and start attack, he wants to do what our trident are supposed to do. He score goals but at the expense of our midfield plays and we cannot control the play when he plays, our midfield always looks scrap when he plays and especially when he plays on the left side (Iniesta’s position). Iniesta & Xavi were not scoring many goals because much of their game time they were staying at the middle to collects the ball form Busi or defenders and start attacks.

    And for Lucho, pls don’t play Rafinha on the left (play him on the right) , don’t play Denis and Gomes on the right (play them on the left).

    Our midfield always looks crap due to Lucho’s mixing up things by playing his players on unusual positions and our midfielders (left an dright) our midfielders not spending much of the games time at the middle together to start attacks.

    • Kneowell Anyanwu

      Wake up dude, this isn’t xavi or iniesta, this is Rafinha, and this is how he plays, he is a charger, not a passer like thiago alcantara his brother, he’s an attacking midfielder, not a holding one, he’s more forward and goal bound and thanks to that attitude of his we got a winning goal against a parked bus that MSN couldn’t crack. Of what use is a midfielder that controls games and passes ball around the midfield against a parked bus? They never thrive against a parked bus and that was the genesis of the problem of Pep’s barca. You need a more direct approach against a parked bus in my opinion, you have to charge at the defence as many times as possible until they are forced to lose concentration, or get fatigued and make a mistake. Just passing the ball around the midfield won’t help in this case, we have to be ready to attack, cede position as a result which forces them to come out a bit and try to catch them out of position or on the break. I keep telling you guys, the more you keep looking for a xavi and iniesta in everyother player who graces our midfield, the more disappointed, frustrated and unhappy you’ll be cos nobody, I repeat no player on earth, can be a replica of xavi or iniesta

      • Roberto-Frank Fiifi Otchere

        Thanks,Bro. It feels like I have support in the shape of your input. For me, this season’s Barca is by far the most in-depth.
        Parked buses are overcome,albeit, in an “ugly” way.
        I’d take an ugly win over a beautiful loss,anytime