La Liga Match Preview: Granada vs. Deportivo La Coruña

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Updated: August 18, 2014
Granada 2014

Match Date: 24 August 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes

(Featured image: Granada | Source: mundodeportivo.com)

 

Granada and Deportivo La Coruña will meet for the first time since February 2013, when they were both participants in the Spanish top-flight football of the 2012-13 season. From that same term, Granada placed 15th while Depor ranked 19th and were thus, relegated to the second division.

 

Granada

The Nazaríes’ campaign last season, as with the previous term, was moderately successful. Their achievements were just enough to keep them playing in the top-tier league but were largely unimpressive that they are often overlooked by most audiences. They placed 15th overall, with a total score of 41 points and a goal difference of -24. They never plummeted to the bottom three but their inconsistency did not give them glory either.

 

During the pre-season friendlies this summer, Joaquín Caparrós’ players had a chance to make their presence known and be more equipped with better skills when they enter the new La Liga season. Thus far, in the five non-competitive matches they engaged in, they have been unbeaten. They won against Almuñécar, La Hoya Lorca, Recreativo Huelva, and Moghreb Tétouan and forced a draw with Albacete.

 

Deportivo La Coruña

Depor ended their Segunda División campaign last season with a resounding success; hence, their promotion to the Spanish top-flight. They were runners up to Eibar, having scored 69 points from 42 matches and netted 48 goals while only conceding 36. They earned 19 victories, 12 draws, and only 11 defeats. Their first few weeks may have been quite shaky, but they eventually picked up as the tournament progresses. In fact, they topped the rankings for several non-consecutive weeks but some circumstances just hindered them from winning the title.

 

As per pre-season performances, Victor Fernández’s men were less impressive. Out of the eight club friendlies they engaged in, they only won thrice (against Racing Ferrol, Nacional, and Sporting Gijon). They were beaten four times as they succumbed to clubs such as Deportivo Cali, Sporting Braga, Celta Vigo, and Ponferradina. Meanwhile, they were held by Academica in a goalless draw.

 

Football betting tip: Granada will dominate against Deportivo La Coruña.