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Spain La Liga | Estadio de la Ceramica | 17th August
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Villarreal
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
KO 20:00
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Granada
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L

Villarreal vs Granada predictions for Saturday night’s La Liga opener at Estadio de la Ceramica. Villarreal are solid favourites with the bookmakers to begin the new campaign on a high against newly promoted Granada, but can El Submarino Amarillo do the business? Read on for all our free match predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Villarreal Win To Nil @ 8/5

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Villarreal 1-0 @ 11/2

Reason For Villarreal vs Granada Predictions

Despite a run to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, 2018/19 has to go down as an extremely poor season for Villarreal, who finished outside the La Liga top six for the first time since their promotion back to the top flight in 2012/13. Only a late surge of form spared the club from a shock relegation, and El Submarino Amarillo must now look to re-establish themselves as a solid mid-table side at the least over the coming months.

That progress should be achievable with Javier Calleja at the helm, as the 41 year-old ultimately did a good job to rescue the club since taking over from Luis Garcia at the end of January. Calleja has focused on shoring things up in defence over the summer, and the additions of Ruben Pena, Alberto Moreno and Raul Albiol certainly give Villarreal much more depth in that department.

Nonetheless, the club have lost key attacking asset Pablo Fornals to West Ham United and are yet to replace the influential 23 year-old with just a couple of weeks to go before the transfer deadline. Consequently, Calleja’s side seem pretty light up front and there’s a need for the likes of Gerardo Moreno and Karl Toko Ekambi to really step up to the plate this season.

Getting off to a winning start at home this weekend against newly promoted opposition is imperative for Villarreal to set the right tone for the campaign ahead and the bookies make El Submarino Amarillo strong favourites to land the spoils.

Granada will have other ideas after securing promotion with a bit to spare last season, although Diego Martinez’ charges will have to step up markedly if they’re to be competitive week to week in La Liga – particularly on their travels.

Nazaries won just five of their 21 away games in 2018/19, and it’s likely that they’ll pick up the majority of their points at Nuevo Los Carmenes where they lost just twice last season. Martinez has been able to bring in a handful of summer transfers including veteran striker Roberto Soldado, but the 38 year-old will largely be relying on the key players who did the job for him last term.

It remains to be seen whether Granada can hold their own, but we don’t fancy them to get anything in this weekend’s opener. Nazaries have a terrible record at Estadio de la Ceramica having lost on all of their previous five visits and they have failed to net in the last four of those encounters.

With Villarreal likely to be fully focused on the task ahead and intent on keeping things tight at the back, we think a home win to nil is the right play here at odds-against, especially considering that Granada only managed 24 away goals in 21 second tier games last term. However, with goals set to be at a premium for the hosts as outlined above, it should be a narrow margin success, so 1-0 is our correct score pick.

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Article by: Chris K
Contact: christopherkisby@yahoo.co.uk
Published: August 16, 2019

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