Estadio Los Cármenes, Granada
1 November 2014, 15:00 GMT
Real Madrid travel to Granada in a bid to continue their winning ways as Ancelotti’s side is now looking for their 11th consecutive win.
Granada gear up to face an in-form Real Madrid team at home on Saturday. The Nazaries come into the game after ending their 4-match losing streak with a 1-1 draw against Eibar last weekend. Granada can pose a tough challenge for Carlo Ancelotti’s men despite not being in great form, placed 14th in the league table. Manager Jaoquin Caparros has immense experience and knows how to play against Real Madrid. Granada will be looking to deny Real Madrid their 11th consecutive victory. Even a draw will be a great result for the home side.
Real Madrid visit the Estadio Los Cármenes in Granada in fine form. Los Blancos are on a 10-match winning streak and will be aiming to extend that against Granada. Having won the El Clasico last Saturday, Real Madrid are only a point behind league leaders Barcelona and will not like any setback in the title race. Carlo Ancelotti should be impressed with the way his team is performing at this vital juncture in the season and will want to keep the momentum going. The game against Granada is crucial for Real Madrid and winning it should be the only target. A win will give them a temporary 2 points lead over Barcelona as the Catalans play later in the day.
The last time Real Madrid played at the Estadio Los Cármenes, they were successful in beating Granada with a 1-0 scoreline.
Jaoquin Caparros will be focussing on staying back and defending against the lethal Real Madrid attack. Granada would like to sit back, avoid conceding a goal and grab any opportunity of a counter-attack that comes their way. Piti, Cordoba and success are expected to lead the home side’s attacks though the focus will remain on the home side defending for most of the game.
Granada will most like play with their usual 4-3-3 which looks like a 4-5-1 without the ball. Expect the home side to be without possession for most of the match on Saturday as the will sit back and allow Real Madrid a fair amount of time on the ball. The important thing for Granada will be to exploit any defensive lapse that come from Real Madrid and utilize the pace in their squad to score on the counter. An early goal will do wonders for Granada and give them a chance to win or draw the game.
Predicted Line-Up (4-3-2-1) – Roberto; Nyom, Babin, Murillo, Foulquier; Rico, Iturra; Sissoko, Success, Cordoba; Piti;
Carlo Ancelotti’s squad is loaded with fast, aggressive and players with high quality of attacking prowess. The manager will want to exploit those qualities and showcase a quality attacking display. In-form players like Ronaldo, Isco and James Rodriguez will play an important role in Saturday’s game. Defensively, Real Madrid will have to be alert as allowing an early goal could prove costly.
Ancelotti is expected to stick to the 4-4-2 which is working out for the team perfectly. After the home success in the Clasico last weekend, a similar line-up is expected to be named for Saturday’s game. Real Madrid will enjoy a lot of possession against Granada and will have to make good use of it. Modric and Pepe are two players who might not feature on Saturday despite making the squad list as both are recovering from small injuries. The replacements should be Illarramendi and Varane.
Predicted Line-Up (4-4-2) – Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; James, Kroos, Illarramendi, Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo;
Granada 0-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid are in great form and stopping them from scoring seems like a distant dream for any team in Europe. However, Granada won’t be easy and will pose problems for the Real Madrid attack. Having recently shown improvements in defence, with Casillas also stepping up his game, Real Madrid should be able to hold-off Granada and claim the clean sheet.
Player to watch out for
The recent absence of Bale has given Isco a golden opportunity to prove how good he is. The youngster has done well so far and is in good form. The midfielder has been contributing a lot and is playing to his full potential, impressing the supporters. He will play a key role against Granada as he will contribute while going forward and also help out the defenders.