Barcelona will look to keep in touch with their title rivals when they travel to Granada on Saturday at 5:30pm (UK time).
The Blaugrana are currently third in the La Liga table, though they remain five points behind Real Madrid and seven behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who have played two games less. Granada, meanwhile, are seventh and cannot be ruled out of the hunt for European qualification.
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- UK: LaLigaTV
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Scoreline prediction: Granada 0-2 Barcelona
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Granada vs Barcelona build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Granada beat Cultural Leanesa 2-1 in midweek to advance to the next round of the Copa del Rey and banish the memory of a 2-0 defeat to Eibar in their last La Liga match. Even despite that loss, Diego Martinez’s side remain seventh in the table, just six points adrift of Real Sociedad in the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot having played two games less.
Though they may be scraping through matches, Barcelona are now seven games unbeaten in La Liga after a 3-2 win over Athletic Bilbao last time out. Ronald Koeman isn’t exactly silencing his critics due to the unconvincing nature of his team’s results, but if he can guide the Blaugrana to another victory here, it’s one step closer to proving he is the right man for the job.
- Granada (vs Cultural Leonesa): Escandell; Sanchez, Perez, Vallejo, Neva; Soro, Azeez, Eteki, Kenedy; Vico, Molina.
- Barcelona (vs Athletic Bilbao): Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet*, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Messi, Griezmann.
Neyder Lozano is suspended while Granada will also be without Luis Milla. Victor Diaz is doubtful.
Barcelona have a suspension of their own to deal with in the form of Clement Lenglet, while Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique and Philippe Coutinho all remain sidelined.
Player to watch: Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)
If Barcelona are to sustain a title challenge this season, they simply must find someone other than Lionel Messi who can consistently score goals — the Argentine has nine so far this season, at least five more than any of his teammates.
Antoine Griezmann was originally meant to be that man upon his arrival at the start of last season but so far in a Barcelona shirt, he’s managed just 12 La Liga goals.
Though he contributed an assist against Bilbao last time out, Griezmann has failed to find the net in his last eight appearances. That said, Griezmann has scored twice and assisted once in his last four La Liga appearances against Granada as an Atletico player so he’ll feel quietly confident about ending his barren spell.
La Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Granada: LWLWW
- Barcelona: WWDWD
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