La Liga Betting: Granada v Real Madrid


Granada 8.5, the draw 4.75, Real Madrid 1.38

Granada welcome the newly-crowned Champions to Los Cármenes on Saturday, though the hosts will be hoping to have a little party of their own. A point would guarantee safety for the team who are experiencing their first year back in the top flight.

Most of the Spanish media this week has been taken up by pictures of Real Madrid players and staff celebrating their 32nd La Liga title, and celebrate they certainly did. Kaká seemed to be the only sober face as the party went on into the night. Points are still there to be won though.

Form

It has been an unpredictable first season for Granada, as they have like many others been stalled by inconsistency. No doubt the defining moment was when Abel Resino took charge of the team, as Fabri was dismissed. Since then Granada have played better football, been more confident and come across a stronger outfit. They’re 8.50 to win here, but a 4.75 draw is worth a punt.

There have been over 2.5 goals in 9 of Granada’s last 11 home games, and to for that again to happen you can back at 1.40.

After all the partying, it’s back to work though many of the sore heads may not feature. Last time out, the 0-3 victory at San Mamés was enough to secure the title and it kept up Madrid’s emphatic goalscoring and defensive feats. Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 games, and managed to be winning at both half-time and full-time in their last 4 away matches. They’re 1.92 for the HT/FT here and over 2.5 goals is 1.40.

With 15 victories on the road, Madrid have set a new record for a single La Liga season, and one more goal added to the 49 they already have would mean another record. They’ve dropped just the 7 points away from home and a win is certainly on the cards despite varying factors. To score in both halves, Madrid are 1.67.

Team news

Many fringe players are expected to feature for Real with the title now sewn up, so the likes of Esteban Granero, Raphael Varane and Raúl Albiol might step up. Fabio Coentrão and Mesut Özil are both suspended, but Ángel Di María does return from his suspension. In terms of rotation, José Callejón could feature and he’s at 2.70 to score anytime – he’s been prolific when in the team this season.

For Granada, Resino is set to keep faith with the team who triumphed midweek, and look to preserve their 3 game unbeaten run at home.

Goalscorer bets

Granada’s 2-1 victory over Espanyol showed their inner strength, as they managed to keep hold of a lead to get the important maximum points. Odion Ighalo managed two goals on the day, and to score again here he is 3.70 anytime but an inviting 11.00 for the first goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo still has the ‘Pichichi’ award in sight though, the award for top goal scorer in Spain. He’s currently on 44, just the two behind Lionel Messi. There are two games remaining, and a big deal has been made out of the duel in the Spanish press. Ronaldo is at 2.10 to score at least 2 goals here, and is 3.25 to open the scoring.


PREDICTION: Despite the expected changes, it’s likely Madrid’s class will come to the fore.

BEST BET: 4.75 for the draw is decent value and worth a shot.