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Barcelona vs Granada predictions for Sunday night’s La Liga encounter at Camp Nou. Can reigning champions Barcelona make a winning start to life under new manager Quique Setien? Read on for all our free match predictions and betting tips.

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Barcelona -2 @ 21/20

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Barcelona 4-0 @ 17/2

Reason For Barcelona vs Granada Predictions

  • Barcelona are unbeaten in all competitions at Camp Nou this season. The reigning champions have posted eight home victories from nine in La Liga, winning seven of those games by a three-goal margin or more.
  • Granada have lost their last five La Liga matches on the road by at least a two-goal margin, shipping 14 times in total.
  • Nazaries have also failed to score in their last three away fixtures.

Setien takes charge at Camp Nou

Despite dominating for most of the game, late goals from Alvaro Morata and Angel Correa condemned Barcelona to a 2-3 defeat against Atletico Madrid in last week’s Supercopa de Espana semi-finals, a result which ultimately spelled the end for manager Ernesto Valverde,  despite the 55 year-old overseeing convincing title triumphs in the last two seasons.

The swift arrival of former Real Betis boss Quique Setien suggests, however, that Valverde’s sacking had been on the cards for some time; he has ultimately paid the price for domestic cup and Champions League failings over the past 24 months. Setien’s appointment will be a surprise to many considering the 61 year-old boasts a rather modest 37% win ratio throughout his managerial career, although his expansive, possession-based style should suit the Catalan giants well.

Barca begin life under Setien against Granada at Camp Nou this Sunday night and they should make a winning start based on their excellent home record and Granada’s troubles on the road. The hosts are unbeaten at Camp Nou this term, winning eight from nine in La Liga, and seven of those victories have been clinched by a three-goal margin or more.

Unenviable task for Granada

Granada pulled off one of the shocks of the season when beating Barca 2-0 at Los Carmenes in September’s reverse fixture, but the chances of Nazaries completing a league double here look highly unlikely. After riding high at the start of the campaign, the limitations of Diego Martinez’s side have been somewhat exposed over the last couple of months; they head to Camp Nou off the back of five straight away defeats in the top flight.

Nazaries have lost all those fixtures by at least a two-goal margin and have failed to score in their last three outings on the road. Currently 10th with 27 points on the board, Granada’s fine start to the season should ensure they have enough to stave off an immediate return to the second tier this term; they are still picking up enough results at home as demonstrated by wins over Alaves (3-0) and Mallorca (1-0) at Los Carmenes in the past month.

We certainly expect them to slip further down the standings, though, during the second half of the season. Their dismal form on the road, as well as the huge difference in quality between the sides, strongly suggests Nazaries are in for a tough evening at Camp Nou this Sunday.

Expect a big response from Barca

The Barcelona players will have felt deeply frustrated after throwing away a 2-1 lead against Atleti in Saudi Arabia and we expect an immediate riposte from them this weekend – especially as the Catalans have a new manager at the helm to impress. The hosts have averaged almost four goals per game at Camp Nou this season and should be able to enhance their record of wide-margi home wins this season against a Granada backline that have leaked 14 goals in their last five away matches.

Barca will want to win this convincingly to get themselves firmly back on track. We think the odds-against on offer for them to cover a two-goal handicap represents decent value.

The league leaders have kept just one clean sheet in their last five La Liga games at home; however Granada have been toothless up front on their travels of late, failing to net in their last three outings. So we’re also going for a 4-0 correct score prediction in favour of the hosts, which would mark the perfect start to Setien’s reign at Camp Nou.

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Article by: Chris K
Contact: chris.kisby.ext@freesupertips.co.uk
Published: January 19, 2020

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