Come kick-off on Monday, Barcelona could be as many as six points off top spot in La Liga, but the Blaugrana will be pleased with their start to the new domestic campaign amid all the problems of the summer. Ronald Koeman’s side have won two and drawn one of their opening three league matches, one of six La Liga sides still unbeaten. They opened the campaign with a 4-2 win over Real Sociedad and also beat Getafe 2-1, either side of a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao. However, Barcelona haven’t played domestic football since before the international break, sitting out last weekend, hence the current three-point gap between themselves and early league leaders Real Madrid. Their return to football wasn’t a good one either as, in midweek, Barcelona were torn apart by Bayern Munich with a 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp (at least it wasn’t 8-2).
Granada, meanwhile, are chasing their first win of the season having struggled with the start to life under Robert Moreno following the summer departure of Diego Martinez. The Andalusian club, who finished ninth last season, are currently 17th and only one point above the early relegation zone. Granada’s start to the campaign wasn’t the worst, as they drew with Villarreal and Valencia, the Europa League winners and a club on the up once again. But they have fallen apart since, losing 4-0 to Rayo Vallecano and then 2-1 against Real Betis either side of the international break. The trip to Barcelona then kicks off what is a tough period for Granada which will see them take on the likes of Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid before the end of October.
Barcelona vs Granada: Match Stats
Barcelona’s defence were pulled by Bayern Munich in midweek and they are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, but Granada will provide them with a good opportunity to break that duck this weekend. Granada have scored just two goals in their four league games so far, failing to find the end on two occasions (against Villarreal and Rayo Vallecano). Only three teams have scored fewer goals than Granada and there are also only three teams with worse xG than their 2.62.
At the other end of the pitch, Depay will be looking to continue his impressive start to life at the Nou Camp as he also tries to replace some of the goals lost in Lionel Messi’s departure. The Dutchman has scored two goals in three La Liga games so far (plus one assist) and could become just the third Barcelona player to be directly involved in a goal in each of his first four La Liga appearances for the club this century, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2009 and Cesc Fabregas in 2011.
Barcelona vs Granada: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Barcelona 2-0 Granada
Barcelona vs Granada: Odds
Barcelona vs Granada: Head to Head
29 April 2021 – Barcelona 1-2 Granada – La Liga
3 February 2021 – Granada 3-5 Barcelona – Copa del Rey
9 January 2021 – Barcelona 4-0 Granada – La Liga
19 January 2020 – Barcelona 1-0 Granada – La Liga
21 September 2019 – Granada 2-0 Barcelona – La Liga
Granada have just two victories over Barcelona in their last 10 meetings across all competitions, but one of those came in the most recent fixture. Having shipped nine goals in the first two meetings of last season, one in the league and another in the cup, Granada got their revenge over Barcelona at the end of April, leaving the Nou Camp with a 2-1 win – their first ever away win (and points) against the Blaugrana.