- Barcelona vs Granada meet in La Liga on Thursday, April 29, KO at 1:00 pm EST
- With Atleti and Real Madrid both dropping points at the weekend, a win for Barca will take them top
- We preview the game, look at the odds, and offer a best bet below
Granada is Barcelona’s guest in this midweek La Liga clash, which could go some way to decide the destiny of this season’s title – kick-off Tuesday, April 29 at 1:00 pm EST. As ever, the La Liga title has boiled down to a three-way battle between the two Madrid teams and Barcelona, and with Real and Atleti both dropping points at the weekend, this game offers Barca the chance to take the initiative.
We preview this Barcelona vs Granada La Liga Matchday 33 game below, take a look at the odds and offer our prediction.
Barcelona vs Granada Odds
|Matchup||Spread||Moneyline||Total at DraftKings|
|Barcelona vs Granada||BAR -2.5 (106) | GRA +2.5 (-127)||BAR -770 | DRAW +750 | GRA+1800||Ov 3.5 (-121) | Un 3.5 (-103)|
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Barca to Edge Ahead in Title Race?
It has been an up and down kind of season for Barca, which included an unusually early exit from the Champions League, but throughout they have kept in touch with the two Madrid teams, and with Atleti and Real dropping points at the weekend they now have a chance of going to the top of the league.
One game at a time …https://t.co/ROIwx5NYXs
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 26, 2021
Despite coming under pressure for Barca’s round of 16 UCL exit at the hands of PSG, manager Ronald Koeman has kept a settled, youthful side, and domestically they still have another title in their sights. A win over Granada will take them a point clear of Atleti in second and three points ahead of third-placed Real.
Granada Exceeding Expectations Again
The visitors are currently eighth in La Liga and have had a season that has again exceeded expectations. Last season’s outstanding seventh-placed finish was regarded by many as a one-off venture into the top half of the league for the Nazaríes, but they are in with a genuine chance of repeating that feat this season.
— Granada C.F. 🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@GranadaCF_en) April 28, 2021
Granada has, however, stumbled a little of late, and suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Sevilla at the weekend, and Barca’s current form guide of WWLWW compares favorably with the visitor’s LLWWL.
Also in Barcelona’s favor is an outstanding record against Granada, with 14 wins from the 16 matches played between the two, although in their most recent match-up – in the Copa del Rey in February – Barca needed extra time to overcome them in a dramatic 5-3 victory.
Barcelona vs Granada Head-to-Head Stats
|32||La Liga Games played||32|
Messi and Griezmann to Lead Barca Line
In terms of team news, Barca should be able to call on the services of Ousmane Dembele, who began his comeback with a substitute appearance at the weekend after a long-term absence, but will definitely be without Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho, both long-term absentees. With Martin Braithwaite also still missing through injury, Koeman looks likely to persist, at least initially, with a 3-5-2 shape with Messi and Antoine Griezmann as the front two.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 28, 2021
For Granada, Neyder Lozano, Domingos Duarte, and Luis Milla are all still out through injury, and there is also a doubt around the fitness of Alberto Soro. But manager Diego Martínez will, despite the recent wobble, almost certainly persist with the 3-4-2-1 formation that has served him so well this season.
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The chance for Barcelona to hit the front in the race for the La Liga title is a huge incentive for the Catalans, and for them to edge ahead with five games to go would be a huge statement of intent. While Granada has proved themselves more than capable during this and the last campaign when the stakes are at their highest it is usually the big players that deliver – the very thing that makes them great players.
Final | #SevillaGranada
— Granada C.F. 🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@GranadaCF_en) April 25, 2021
So, the question here, for me, is how many. Granada, for all of its recent successes, does concede a lot of goals – an average of 1.65 per game – and so an early one for Barca could make for a really difficult night for the visitors. An on-song Messi is hard to handle in any given game, let alone one where another league title is in his sights. I fear for Granada.
Pick: Barcelona to win 4-0 (+800)
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