A relegation threatened Granada host an in-form Malaga at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes on Friday evening, 8th April 2016.
Granada have 29 points and are 17th in the league, just a point above the relegation zone and there is much to do to secure a stay for another year in Spain’s top football league. They have drawn all of their previous three matches and with another 7 to go, they must target at least 12 points to ensure their safety.
Malaga are undefeated in their last four La Liga matches and are currently 8th in the table. A place for European competitions next season is currently out of their reach, but there is a remote chance if the teams above them drop points in their remaining fixtures.
Granada are on a revival in terms of form as they have lost just once in their last 6 matches, with 2 wins and 3 draws. They are coming on the back of three successive draws in the league and the physical nature of the play is evident as they have a player sent-off in 3 of their last 4 matches.
Granada are unbeaten in their last three home matches, a win against Sporting Gijon followed by consecutive draws against Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano.
Malaga are undefeated in their last 4 La Liga games with 2 wins and 2 draws. They have lost just once in their last 7 matches, with a high proportion of 4 draws during the period.
The Albicelestes are unbeaten in their last 3 away games, with two draws followed by a win.
Granada: Team News
Fran Rico and Dimitri Foulquier are suspended for Granada, while the Nigerian youngster Isaac Success returns from his suspension.
The Venezuela striker Adalberto Penaranda, who scored the equalizer against Atletic Bilbao is set to start alongside El Arbi in attack as Granada search for valuable points to get out of the relegation zone.
Granada: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Fernandez – Biraghi, Lomba, Costa, Lopes – Success, Perez, Doucouré, Rochina – El-Arbi, Penaranda.
Malaga: Team News
Striker Charles Oliveira is suspended for Malaga and Ikechukwu Uche could be handed a start by head-coach Javi Gracia.
Carlos Kameni is already sidelined with injury, which means Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa will start once again in goal.
Malaga: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Ochoa – Rosales, Albentosa, Weligton, Torres – Juanpi, Recio, Camacho, Castro – Uche, Cop.
Granada vs Malaga: Head-to-Head Stats
- The last 6 matches between the sides have witnessed three wins for Granada, two for Malaga and a draw.
- The clashes between the two sides are likely to see a number of bookings, with 43 yellow cards and 2 red cards seen during the last 6 meetings.
- However, Granada are unbeaten at home in the last 4 meetings against Malaga.
Granada vs Malaga: Prediction
It is hard to separate the two teams on paper as both will be going for full points on Friday. Granada will desperately want to win this more than their visitors and this fixture once again guarantee a fiercely fought contest.
Granada will look to play a very physical and high pressing game and it is very likely that they look for goals from the very beginning. Expect a high number of booking in this game and there is a very strong chance of Granada player getting sending off.
Recommended Bet: Granada to win @ 2.25