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