Granada suffered their ninth defeat in 10 winless games as they went down 2-1 at Sociedad and as a result their six year spell in La Liga has ended. Real, on the other hand, have bounced back emphatically from their defeat in the Clasico, winning 6-2 at Deportivo and 2-1 at home to Valencia last time out. As a result, they remain level on points with Barca and still have that game in hand.
After a run of three straight home wins, Granada have since lost their last five on their own turf, shipping five in the last two of these under new manager Tony Adams. They managed to beat Sevilla at home earlier on in the season but were beaten 4-1 when Barcelona came to town a few weeks ago and it’s likely they’ll face another heavy defeat here.
Real have won their last six on the road, netting 22 goals across these, though they’re without a clean sheet in 10 on their travels. Having said that, they’ve scored so many in their trips to bottom-six sides that their defence hasn’t really been a concern: they’ve netted 22 in five visits to such opposition so far and so we’re siding with Real to cover the handicap, rather than backing the away win and both teams to score as Granada have failed to score in three of their last five at home.
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