Las Palmas vs Granada
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 28 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 17:15 UK
Venue: Estadio de Gran Canaria.
Las Palmas have made a dream start to their 2016/17 La Liga campaign with a 4-2 away win over Valencia last week. They were trailing 1-0 after 6 minutes but went on to the break on a 3-2 lead with goals from Jonathan Viera and new signings Marko Livaja and Kevin-Prince Boateng. In a quite second half, Livaja scored once again in the 88th minute to make it a memorable debut. The Gran Canaries were surprise package in last season after finishing 11th in the league standings. In the second season after gaining promotion they will be eyeing to sneak into the Europa League qualification spot.
Granada were 16th in the La Liga standings last season and were saved from relegation by virtue of a single point. This was mainly achieved by some strong results at home in the final weeks of the season. And they started from where they left off as they held Villarreal to a 1-1 draw at home on the opening day of the new season. It is a morale boosting result to kick-start their competitive campaign. But with most of their key players having left in the summer transfer window, they are expected to struggle this season.
Las Palmas vs Granada: Head-to-Head
Las Palmas won the corresponding fixture of last season by a huge 4-1 margin. But they lost in the away fixture at Granada 3-2.
The two other meetings in recent times between these two sides was in the 2010/11 Segunda Division season. Granada took a 5-2 home win and a 1-1 away draw during the period.
Las Palmas vs Granada: Prediction
Las Palmas can boast of an strong home record which was vital in their 11th place finish last season. While Granada are a poor side on the road and lost in 8 of their last 11 away games. Also looking at the opening day performances of both teams and head to head record, Las Palmas will be able to win this without any trouble.
Also 8 of the last 10 home matches of Las Palmas have seen over 2.5 goals, so there is a good chance that this Sunday’s La Liga fixture see 3 or more goals.
Las Palmas vs Granada: Tips
Las Palmas to win at 1.85.
Over 2.5 goals at 1.95.