Real Madrid’s home match against Granada could be a season-defining moment for Los Blancos. Ancelotti and his men have struggled for the last two games and they will host the Andalusian side without Karim Benzema and Vinicius, their two offensive leaders.
Real Madrid enter the La Liga fixture after being eliminated by Athletic Club in the quarter-finals of the Copa Del Rey on Saturday. The Los Blancos were stunned as Athletic Club scored in the 89th minute to advance to the semi-finals of the tournament. Carlo Ancelotti will need to focus on La Liga as the Madridistas have a slender four-point lead in La Liga at the moment and a loss could change the entire course of the race for the league title, with Sevilla sitting in second and waiting to pounce on the opportunity. Madrid faces 14th placed Granada who have won one match, losing two and drawing two in their last five fixtures played. A chance for Real Madrid to extend their lead and focus on the league and fans here can check the details as to When, Where and How to watch the Real Madrid vs Granada match live streaming online and telecast.
Madrid have the opportunity to increase their lead in La Liga table after Sevilla’s 0-0 draw to Osasuna last night, and that’s the main reason why this is such a pivotal game for Los Blancos. If they can bounce back and earn the three points tonight, their lead will grow up to six points, which is a fine margin given how both teams have performed so far this season.
It’s clear that Real Madrid will be the best team on the field tonight, at least on paper. They have the tools to earn a convincing win even without Vinicius and Benzema, but will fatigue be a factor after such an intense game at San Mames last Thursday?
Real Madrid vs Granada Team News
For Real Madrid, Ancelotti faces as few concerns as No.9 Karim Benzema is out of action due to a hamstring injury. Ferland Mendy is expected to make a return but could be benched. Marco Asensio could once again be upfront along with Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Real Madrid lineup: Thibaut Courtois (GK), Lucas Vazquez, Militao, David Alaba, Nacho Fernandez, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Rodrygo, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Jr.
Granada lineup: Maximiano (GK), Sergio Escudero, Raul Torrente, German Sanchez, Victor Diaz, Antonio Puertas, Angel Montoro, Luis Milla, Alex Collado, Luis Suarez, Jorge Molina
For Granada, Santiago Arias is expected to make a return along with Carlos Neva and Aaron Escandell. Coach Robert Moreno is expected to make a few changes and form a defensive line-up against Madrid.