class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Three points for the hosts will take them top of La Liga for the first time in over a year and our tipster is backing them to achieve that comfortably
Barcelona welcome Granada to Camp Nou on Thursday evening with Ronald Koeman’s side knowing that victory would see them move to the top of the La Liga table for the first time this season.
Whilst the hosts are fighting for the title, the visitors are currently eighth in what has been a memorable season and with any chance of European qualification effectively gone, the Andalusians’ objective will simply be to finish as high up the table as possible.
Barcelona vs Granada Latest Odds
Barcelona were 5-2 winners in their last home game against Getafe and the Catalans can be backed at 1/7 (1.14) with bet365.
These two sides met in a thrilling Copa del Rey tie earlier this season which ended 3-3 after 90 minutes, before Barca scored twice in extra time to claim a 5-3 win on their way to lifting the trophy.
Another draw is offered at 7/1 (8.00) with an away win priced at 16/1 (17.00).
Barcelona vs Granada Team News
The hosts are without long-term absentees Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati while striker Martin Braithwaite is also likely to miss out with the ankle injury that has kept his sidelined for the last couple of games.
Domingos Duarte, Luis Milla, Rui Silva, Jesus Vallejo and Carlos Neva are among the members of Granada’s squad that are unlikely to feature.
Barcelona vs Granada Preview
It is important to consider what teams have to play for at this stage of the season and it is not hyperbole to say that Barcelona have their entire campaign on the line on Thursday evening.
A victory would send them top and within touching distance of claiming one of their most unlikely La Liga title successes, with Koeman’s men having picked up just 14 points from their first 10 games to languish 12 points off the pace.
Granada, meanwhile, have nothing but pride at stake and Diego Martinez’s team have played more games than anyone else this term – having started their season in the first qualifying rounds of the Europa League.
The Andalusians will no doubt be tired as this long season wears on, and their lengthy injury list of important players will make it difficult for them to compete with a Barca team that is beginning to hit top gear.
Barcelona vs Granada Tips and Predictions
The hosts can be backed at 11/10 (2.10) to win both halves and that looks like the best way of getting Barca onside in a game they really must win against a Granada side with little left to play for.
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