Real Madrid are flying right now, with little-to-no signs of slowing down. But can 19th-place Granada ruin Madrid’s momentum?
In Madrid’s last three matches, where they picked up three wins, they scored a combined 11 goals and conceded three — two of which came in a La Liga match against Deportivo where Zinedine Zidane’s side won 6-2 with a rotated squad. On the other hand, Granada has yet to win or draw a match since early April.
In Granada’s last contest where they picked up one point, they fought to a draw against Madrid’s last La Liga opponent, Deportivo, to a meagre score of 0-0. Furthermore, in Granada’s last five matches, they have only scored two goals and conceded twelve.
Granada currently sits 19th in La Liga with 20 points to their name. They remain one point above Osasuna and four behind Sporting Gijon. Granada will be enjoying life in the Segunda Division next year.
Having little to nothing to play for, Granada will most likely roll over against Madrid this Saturday. With Madrid fighting to win the league, there is no doubt that Granada will experience a rough night.
With the second leg of the Champions League Semifinals set to take place during the middle of the week, it may result in Madrid fielding yet another rotated side against a weak opposition for a La Liga match. However, this shouldn’t worry any Madrid fans.
After seeing what a rotated squad could do against a bottom feeder a few backs against Deportivo, it is safe to say Madrid will do just fine this weekend against Granada. Throw in the fact that youngsters Asensio and Vazquez are on fire at the moment and fans will enjoy yet another La Liga win.
Here is how Real Madrid can line up against Granada.
Despite recently being rotated with Kiko Casilla in matches, Navas is Zidane’s first choice keeper and will be the best option against Granada.
Due to Dani Carvajal’s hamstring injury against Atletico, Brazilian right back Danilo will enter the fold, with his compatriot Marcelo taking up the role on the left side of the defence.
Sergio Ramos has completed his suspension after his El Clasico red card, and the captain would the first choice centre-half alongside Raphael Varane.
Toni Kroos and Luka Modric have been phenomenal for Madrid in recent seasons. Playing without fear and full of confidence means that these two always delight fans when stepping onto the pitch.
After putting in some very impressive performances, Isco will be hoping to line up alongside Kroos and Modric – he’s definitely warranted it.
Gareth Bale’s injury will mean that the extremely promising talent in Marco Asensio could be called up to the starting XI on the right wing.
Karim Benzema will spearhead the attack, and Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to build on his hat-trick he scored against Atletico Madrid in the week,