Preview and Prediction: Real Madrid vs. Granada - prediction, team news, lineups
Dani Carvajal is likely to return to Real Madrid’s starting lineup this weekend after a stint out due to a positive COVID-19 test, while Karim Benzema is anticipated to return from a hamstring injury to lead the attack.
Mariano Diaz is also a doubt, and the hosts will be without Ferland Mendy, who is out with a muscle injury, as well as crucial forward Vinicius Junior, who is suspended.
Ancelotti must make judgments in the forward areas, with Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale alternatives to start in the wide areas, while Marco Asensio and Rodrygo are expected to assist Benzema in the center.
In the meantime, with Mendy out, Nacho should continue to play in the middle of the defense, with David Alaba starting at left-back for the league leaders.
Granada will be without Neyder Lozano and Santiago Arias due to injury, but the visitors are generally in terrific shape heading into the match.
At the Bernabeu, Jorge Molina and Luis Suarez are anticipated to start as the front two, with Antonio Puertas, Luis Milla, and Maxime Gonalons in midfield.
Quini is battling for a starting spot at right-back, but Victor Diaz could dethrone him, while Darwin Machis and Carlos Neva are likely to be among the visitors’ substitutes.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Alaba; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Rodrygo
Granada possible starting lineup:
Maximiano; Diaz, Sanchez, Torrente, Neva; Collado, Milla, Gonalons, Puertas; Molina, Suarez
Our Prediction: Home to Win
Real Madrid will be determined to return to winning ways after two disappointing results, and we are finding it difficult to back anything other than a home success here. Granada’s recent record against Los Blancos is extremely poor, and the capital giants should have too much quality for their opponents.