How to watch Granada vs Real Madrid: Live Stream & Preview

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Los Blancos must win when they travel to mid table Granada if they want to stay in the La Liga title race

By Craig Humpage
Editor-in-Chief, Sporticos
Published on Thursday 13 May 2021

Granada will be looking to pull off a second big upset in two weeks when they welcome third place Real Madrid to the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes on Thursday night. Since they beat Barcelona 2-1 at the Camp Nou, they've lost to Cadiz and Real Betis but their journey to the Europa League quarter finals showed they know how to turn it on for the big games. It is still mathematically possible, if extremely unlikely, for them to finish 7th and qualify for the Europa League for a second consecutive season. Defeat against Los Blancos however, will officially rule them out of next season's competition. Their European hopes may be officially over anyway before kick off if 7th place Villarreal can win away at relegation threatened Real Valladolid. If the Yellow Submarine lose that match, winning over Madrid would move Granada within four points and keep the dream alive.

The visitors should be the much more motivated of the two. A lot can change in a week or two in football and Real Madrid's season could end up being successful or utterly catastrophic depending on several variables. On the plus side, if they can beat Granada they will be two points behind Atletico Madrid with two games to play. It's not ideal but at least they will be within touching distance, praying for more dropped points from Simeone's men. If they draw or lose this game, there is a genuine possibility that Sevilla could finish above them in third. A fourth place finish will guarantee Champions League football but will be treated as an embarrassment by fans and the hierarchy at the club. Everybody knows they are in transition but to finish outside the "big three" for the first time since 2004 will be seen as a disaster symbolically.

Form: Granada vs Real Madrid

Since being knocked out of the Europa League by Manchester United, Granada have lost three in five. Their two wins came against sides at the two extremes of the table - bottom side Eibar and title contenders Barcelona. They've been patchy all season, which explains their almost certain mid-table finish. It must be remembered that this is only their second season since promotion and another top half finish would be a fantastic achievement for this group and their coach Diego Martinez. One area they'll look to improve next season will be their defence. No team in the league has conceded more and they go into this game against Real Madrid without a clean sheet in eight.

There can be no more mistakes for Madrid. Their title rivals have given them several lifelines now but they’ve been unable to capitalise. When Atletico and Barcelona ended in a stalemate last weekend, everybody expected Zinedine Zidane's team to pounce. On the contrary, they needed to fight back from behind on two occasions to salvage a point against fellow top four side Sevilla, who have become unlikely title contenders themselves in recent weeks, making the most of that inconsistency. Real Madrid are certainly difficult to beat, boasting a 15 game unbeaten run in La Liga, but two wins from eight games in all competitions represents another picture entirely. They've struggled to turn draws into victories and their dropped points against Getafe, Real Betis and Sevilla could well cost them come the end of the season.

In terms of the head-to-head, Granada haven't beaten Los Blancos since 2013 and Zidane's side ran out comfortable winners in the reverse fixture in December. On that evidence, you'd have to say Real are massive favourites. However, with some of the results Los Blancos have produced of late, Granada showing they can beat anyone on their day, and the tension going into a crucial final few games, truly anything can happen. It wouldn't shock the world if Granada were to win or at least take a point. By the same token, nobody would be surprised to see Real dominate and get all three points.

Team News: Granada vs Real Madrid

Granada's late season drop off and poor defensive record could be explained in some part by their growing injury list. Angel Montero came off after only 13 minutes on Monday against Betis with a hamstring problem. He wasn't the only one with Yangel Herrera (quad) and Domingos Duarte (knee) also picking up injuries. The trio will now keep Kenedy, Jesus Vallejo and Carlos Neva company in the treatment room. Veteran striker Roberto Soldado will also be unavailable as he continues to serve a three-match ban after being sent off against Cadiz.

Madrid's well-publicised defensive injury crisis continues as Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy and Lucas Vazquez remain sidelined. Alvaro Odriozola is a doubt and fellow full back Marcelo has reportedly had a bust up with manager Zinedine Zidane over defensive tactics - it is understood he may be dropped. Sergio Ramos is hopeful of a final day return, but won't be back for this game. At the other end of the pitch, Eden Hazard is clearly 100% again and will likely start here, alongside the other substitute goalscorer from their last match Marco Asensio.

Prediction: Granada vs Real Madrid

On the one hand, the hosts will know their chances of reaching the Europa League places are extremely slim. This could either relax them too much or give them the freedom to play without fear. That will depend on the mentality of the players and the coach. The latter could see them get some joy against Real Madrid's depleted backline. On the other hand, Zinedine Zidane's side, especially senior players like Toni Kroos and Casemiro, will know they need to rise to the occasion, get the job done and put some pressure on Atletico Madrid. Our prediction is that, when all is said and done, Real Madrid will get a much needed three points, but it won't be easy.

Prediction: Granada 1 -2 Real Madrid

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Here's when and where you can watch this La Liga clash:

Granada vs Real Madrid
Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes
Thursday 13 May 2021
Kick Off - 21:00

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