Feb 14, 2013

Barca vs Granada Preview

FC Barcelona will be entering a hectic tight packed schedule with the scheduled visit to Granada in the league this Saturday. First it will be a visit to Granada followed by a visit to Milan, then hosting Sevilla at home and after that the much anticipated double header with fierce rival - Real Madrid(first in the Copa and then in the league). Considering the tough matches coming ahead, everyone could expect the likes of Messi, Iniesta etc being rested for the visit to Andalusia. But I doubt so, at least in the case of Liuonel Messi. Messi has been scoring goals for fun this season, and an absence from one match is not going to hurt him. But this one he is not going to be rested, or atleast he will not allow the Manager to do that. Lionel Messi has scored against all La Liga opponents other than Granada, Sevilla and Celta this season. So that's a heck of a motivation for him to play. Consider to the other opponents whom we have to face very soon, Granada appears to be a much easier task. But the Real Madrid also thought the same two weeks back, Granada - 1, Madrid - 0 and paid the price.

Granada is currently lying at the 15th position, six points clear of drop zone. But don't get fooled by their position on points table, they could seriously possess a great challenge for us. The last time we met it took two very late goals to secure us the three points. Granada is in a kind of good streak at the moment winning their last two matches. At 1.25 odd we naturally we are the favorites with Granada winning odds are at 9.25(https://sports.bwin.com/en/sports/4/betting/football ). We have our own head ache going into this match, especially with Villa's absence. Villa and Sanchez combined well with Messi last week and it's unfortunate that he couldn't continue the good work this week. A host of players who could start against Milan could be also rested. I expect Iniesta to be rested for this match. we may see once again Thiago starting in middle this time with Busquets and Cesc. The defense should see Alves, Alba, Pique and Mascherano. The attacking formation should see the combination of Messi, Pedro and Sanchez. With a 12 point lead we may feel like we could be ease a bit. But it's always better to continue a winning habit. This will be once again a hard fought match but we do have the quality to take home the three points.

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