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Setien set to claim a big win on Barcelona bow

FC Barcelona vs Granada CF Preview 19/01/2020

17 January 2020 | La Liga | Preview
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Setien set to claim a big win on Barcelona bow
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One of the biggest pieces of football news in the last few weeks has been Quique Setien replacing Ernesto Valverde as the head coach of Barcelona.

The experienced head coach will manage his first game as the Catalan club’s boss on Sunday night, as the Blaugrana host Granada at the Nou Camp.

Valverde left the club from Catalonia after the Blaugrana suffered defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final semi-final. However, it is important to remember that Barcelona are still top of La Liga and in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Blaugrana look to have a big battle on their hands to retain their crown as Spanish champions, with arch-rivals Real Madrid, who currently trail them by virtue of inferior goal difference.

The home side finished 2019 in La Liga in an underwhelming fashion, as a goalless draw against Espanyol in their last league game means they have drawn three of their last four outings in the Spanish top-flight.

Barcelona are massive favourites to see off the threat of the visitors, who they have beaten in 11 of the last 13 meetings. However, Barcelona cannot afford any complacency, as Granada won the reverse fixture 2-0.

After a fantastic start to their campaign in the La Liga, the visitor's form has rather faded of late. In fact, they have won just two of their last nine matches in the Spanish top-flight.

Their recent poor form has seen the Andalusians slip to tenth place in the table, four points outside the European spots.

Granada’s away form will need to improve if they are to climb the table again, as the visitors have lost their five league matches on their travels while conceding at least two goals in each defeat.

Forebet predicts Granada will suffer more away-day misery in this clash, suffering a heavy defeat in Catalonia.

Predictions for La Liga

Home team - Away team Forebet
flag_5 Es1
Real SociedadReal Valladolid
28/02/2020 21:00
1
flag_5 Es1
SD EibarLevante UD
29/02/2020 13:00
1
flag_5 Es1
Valencia CFReal Betis
29/02/2020 16:00
1
flag_5 Es1
CD LeganesDeportivo Alavés
29/02/2020 18:30
X

Spain La Liga - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. FC Barcelona 55 25 17 4 4 62 29 33
2. Real Madrid 53 25 15 8 2 46 17 29
3. Atlético Madrid 43 25 11 10 4 28 18 10
4. Sevilla FC 43 25 12 7 6 34 25 9
5. Getafe CF 42 25 12 6 7 36 25 11
6. Real Sociedad 40 24 12 4 8 42 31 11
7. Valencia CF 38 25 10 8 7 35 37 -2
8. Villarreal CF 38 25 11 5 9 43 35 8
9. Granada CF 36 25 11 3 11 32 31 1
10. Levante UD 32 25 10 2 13 31 36 -5
11. Athletic Bilbao 31 25 7 10 8 24 22 2
12. CA Osasuna 31 25 7 10 8 31 35 -4
13. Real Betis 30 25 7 9 9 35 40 -5
14. Deportivo Alavés 30 25 8 6 11 27 35 -8
15. Real Valladolid 29 25 6 11 8 22 28 -6
16. SD Eibar 24 24 6 6 12 22 37 -15
17. Celta de Vigo 24 25 5 9 11 22 34 -12
18. Real Mallorca 22 25 6 4 15 26 42 -16
19. CD Leganes 19 25 4 7 14 18 37 -19
20. RCD Espanyol 19 25 4 7 14 22 44 -22