Match Preview: Real Madrid vs. Granada

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Updated: August 23, 2013
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Match Date: 26 August 2013 (local time)

Venue: Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes

 

With Gareth Bale’s signature, Los Blancos become an even harder team to beat.

 

Real Madrid (Los Blancos)

The Gareth Bale saga has finally ended as the former Tottenham star joins the Los Blancos.

 

Bale’s arrival at Santiago Bernabéu gives Real Madrid the team depth that they need not only to compete in Primera Division, but also find their way back in the Champions League.

 
Currently, Carlos Ancelotti faces the dilemma of being spoilt for choice. The current set-up forces the club’s head honcho to be more creative on the pitch. What else can he ask for? Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema, Casillas and last match’s hero, Isco cannot sit for a long time.

Likewise, neither can Mesut Ozil, Jese and Alvaro Morata stay on the side. Really, it is up for Ancelotti to determine how he can maximize the individual expertise of the club’s players.
The last encounter with Real Betis almost ended in a stalemate. Going against Granada, the expectations for the club are soaring high. Perhaps if there is one thing that the Los Blancos should worry, it is the absence of Xabi Alonso, who will be out on a 3-month vacation due to a metatarsal injury.

 

Granada

El Graná delivered a great show during their first match. The battle ended early when Youssef El-Arabi and Hassan Yebda delivered the club’s 2 goals during the first-half. Osasuna tried to get even but Francisco Puñal’s goal is the only one seen by the squad.

 

Similar to Real Madrid, Granada also churned out a good deal last summer. Lucas Alcaraz  has managed to secure the signature of Rayo Vallecano’s talismanic player, Piti. Although a yellow card was the only thing that Piti garnered during their first match, the hopes that he shall aid Granada’s campaign, remain high.

 

Sports Betting Tip : Real Madrid for the win

Real Madrid may have lost their chance to grab a major trophy last season, but for sure, they are back to get what is due to them. Unstoppable, this is how one can best described Real Madrid as of the moment.
Expect the Los Blancos to press hard on Granada and capitalize on steals. Between the two, Real Madrid had more tackles. Granada had 16  against Osasuna while Real Madrid had 26.

 

Likewise, the Los Blancos will most likely take more shots, just like what they did before. However, they should be accurate before they send the ball into the net. They have a poor conversion rate, compared to Granada. The figures show the Los Blancos with a 10% conversion whereas El Graná had 15%.

 

Other than the conversion, Ancelotti must also work on their ball possession percentage. Again, Granada did a better job in this area. They will certainly do their best to monopolize the ball. They have the home court advantage and they have won and dominated the first half during in 5 of their last 7 matches—it is highly possible for them to go this way again when they face Real Madrid. But as mentioned, Ancelotti had lots of materials under its wings. A little bit of creativity and they will easily trample Granada.

 

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