Preview: Granada vs Valencia – prediction, team news
Sports Mole provides an overview of Saturday’s La Liga clash between Granada and Valencia, including predictions, squad news and possible lineups.
Valence will look to add a second straight win to start the La Liga campaign on Saturday, when they make the trip to face Grenade.
The hosts scored a point on Matchday 1 with a goalless draw against Villarreal, while their visitors started with a 1-0 win over Getafe.
After a seventh place finish in the 2019-20 campaign, Granada spent most of last season in a battle for similar places.
Under the direction of Diego martinez, the Nazaires were in seventh place in February, but their form would dip into the home stretch.
A streak of four straight losses and a draw on the final matchday ultimately saw them drop to ninth, missing European football.
Now under the responsibility of Robert moreno after Martinez left at the end of last season, they will want to bounce back this year and fight their way again in the race for continental qualification, but they had to face a tough test to start while they were doing the trip to face Europa League champions Villarreal.
Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Granada held on to score a point in a goalless draw, with Gerard Moreno being denied by a clearance on the goal line as the visitors kept a laudable clean sheet.
In their first home league game of the season, they’ll look to build on that positive start with what would be an impressive home win.
They face a side from Valencia who got off to a winning start last week and will aim for a stronger campaign after a worrying season last time around.
Following the sales of several key players in line with the ongoing financial difficulties, Valencia had a tough campaign last season, eventually finishing in 13th place after a poor run under Javi Gracia at the beginning of the year.
Following the appointment of Jose bordalas in May, they’re hoping for a fresh start and a more cohesive campaign, and they got off to a positive start last Friday.
Los Murcielagos fought an uphill battle from the start as Hugo guillamon was sent off after just three minutes, but they took a fast lead Carlos soler nonetheless, and held on to see a 1-0 victory.
Now facing a tough test on their travels, Bordalas’ men are hoping for two out of two victories in their attempt to establish themselves in the first half of the season.
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Granada central defender Neyder Lozano is ruled out with a tibial fracture, which means it will be sidelined for an extended period.
Yan Eteki is also a doubt, having missed the opening of the season, and Monchu, Maxime Gonalons and Luis Milla should line up again in midfield in his absence.
The line will be led by the Colombian striker Luis Suarez, who got a hit after scoring 19 league goals in the 2019-2020 season for Real Zaragoza in the Spanish second division.
Valencia will be without midfielder Hugo Guillamon, who will be serving a suspension following his red card against Getafe.
Their line will be led by the menacing duo of Gonçalo Guedes and Maxi Gomez, supported by the offensive threat from wingers Carlos Soler and Denis Tcherychev.
Twenty years Giorgi Mamardashvili drew attention with an impressive performance between the sticks last week, as he unexpectedly entered the side due to injuries to Jasper cillesen and Jaume domenech, by making several key saves to rectify a clean sheet.
Possible starting line-up in Granada:
Escandell; Foulquier, Duarte, Sanchez, Neva; Gonalons, Monchu, Milla; Puertas, Suarez, Machis
Possible starting line-up in Valence:
Mamardashvili; Correia, Gabriel, Alderete, Gaya; Cheryshev, Racic, Wass, Soler; Gomez, Guedes
We say: Granada 1-1 Valencia
Both teams were particularly impressive on Matchday 1 and will both approach Saturday’s game with quiet confidence.
You can’t quite separate them and predict a draw between two teams that have been very solid and disciplined at the back.
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