Granada vs Espanyol Predictions

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Espanyol Draw No Bet

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Espanyol 2-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Granada have lost eight of their last 11 La Liga matches following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Sevilla.
  • Espanyol are unbeaten in three La Liga games since the appointment of new manager Abelardo on December 27, claiming five points from those fixtures which have all been against top-half opposition.

Another away beating for Granada

Granada claimed two wins and two draws from their first four away games in La Liga this season, but it’s now four months since Nazaries earned a point on the road, following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat against Sevilla at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. A run of seven straight away defeats has completely derailed last season’s Segunda runners-up, who were in nosebleed territory at the top of the table 10 games in.

Although five of those losses have been suffered against sides currently placed in the top seven, it’s an alarming sequence that needs addressing quickly. In terms of relegation worries, Granada still look relatively comfortable in 11th place, where they hold a 10-point advantage over the bottom three, but worsening travel sickness is placing maximum pressure on the Andalusians to pick up results at home.

Despite losing eight from their last 11 in La Liga, Diego Martinez’s men have won two from their last three at Los Carmenes. They will hope to do the business once more against Espanyol this Saturday, after swatting Periquitos aside 0-3 in September’s reverse fixture.

Positive start for Abelardo continues

It’s of course early days for Espanyol under new boss Abelardo, but they already look a much-improved outfit from the side that succumbed so easily to Nazaries on Matchday 3 – just one of 12 league defeats suffered by Periquitos in the opening half of the campaign.

Espanyol have yet to be bested in La Liga since Abelardo’s arrival at RCDE Stadium, toughing out home draws against Barcelona (2-2) and Athletic Bilbao (1-1) either side of a superb 1-2 success against Villarreal at La Ceramica. While last weekend’s result against Bilbao means Periquitos are still without a home win in the league this season, it marked another step in the right direction for a team who appeared destined to be cut adrift at the foot of the table just a few weeks ago.

Espanyol’s Copa exit to Real Sociedad a week last Wednesday will likely do them no harm as they primarily focus on beating the drop. The visitors’ tails should be up ahead of their trip to Los Carmenes on Matchday 22.

Recent form key ahead of this Saturday’s clash

The overall picture this season strongly supports a home win this Saturday lunchtime, but there are clear reasons as to why Espanyol are vying for favouritism with the bookmakers. Granada have bagged 19 points from 11 league matches at Los Carmenes this term and have won two of their last three in front of their home supporters; however, both of those victories came against struggling sides in the shape of Alaves (3-0) and Mallorca (1-0).

In total, eight league defeats from 11 mean Nazaries are hardly a team to trust at present, and they were hardly convincing at Badajoz in midweek after qualifying for the Copa Del Rey Quarter-Finals in extra time (2-3). Espanyol have picked up some solid results of late against top teams, and they should only get stronger following the signings of Leandro Cabrera and Raul de Tomas, who notched his second goal for the club in as many games against Bilbao last weekend.

Based on the recent momentum they have gained and Granada’s rapid slide, we’re drawn towards backing the visitors in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market for this Saturday’s opener in Spain, which offers the insurance of stakes returned if things are all square after 90 minutes. We think Periquitos can edge this one, though, to temporarily draw level on points with 17th-placed Mallorca. Espanyol have netted twice in three of their last five matches, while Granada have scored in each of their last nine home games, so 1-2 is our correct score prediction.

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