Real Madrid have won their last four La Liga games in a row to climb to second place. But next Wednesday, they’ll play host to one of this season’s surprises, Granada, who have won their last two games and sit in sixth place.
Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports and sports betting odds for Real Madrid vs Granada while making some predictions.
Game: Real Madrid vs Granada
Location: Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, Madrid
Time: Wednesday, December 23, 1:45pm ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
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Head to Head
- Competitive Matches: 48
- Real Madrid Victories: 34 (122 goals)
- Granada Victories: 6 (46 goals)
- Draws: 8
Last season, Real Madrid won both matchups against Granada.
First, they won 4-2 at Santiago Bernabeu; Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric and James Rodriguez (now with Everton) scored the goals. Later, at Nuevo Los Carmenes Stadium, they won 1-2 thanks to Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid have won the last ten games against Granada, including a 9-1 victory. The last time Granada beat Real Madrid was in the 2012-13 season (1-0, with an own goal from Cristiano Ronaldo), and they drew for the last time in the 1974-75 season (3-3).
Moneyline: Real Madrid -315 | Granada +850
Why bet on Real Madrid?
As we already mentioned, after losing 2-1 against Deportivo Alaves, Real Madrid have won their last for domestica matchups in a row. First, they beat Sevilla (1-0), then Atletico Madrid (2-0), Athletic Bilbao (3-1), and more recently Eibar (3-1).
Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Lucas Vasquez (one of Zinedine Zidane’s favorites) scored against Eibar, but unfortunately Modric got injured.
Karim Benzema has been sensational, and the defense has been a lot better since Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal returned. Real Madrid have scored 25 goals (best in the league alongside Real Sociedad and Barcelona), and they have allowed 14 goals (worst among the top five alongside Barcelona).
Individually speaking, Benzema is the team’s top scorer with seven goals. He also leads the assists department with five, followed by Rodrygo with four.
Real Madrid have a very deep roster. Players such as Marco Asensio, Federico Valverde, Luka Jovic, Alvaro Odriozola and Martin Odegaard are usually on the bench, which means that Zidane has plenty of options to choose from.
Despite being in second place, Real Madrid have two games more than Atletico Madrid (both teams have 29 points); they can’t afford to lose against Granada if they don’t want to give Atletico the opportunity to have a potentially nine-point advantage at the top.
Real Madrid have a 4-0-2 record at home.
Why Bet on Granada?
Granada are on a streak of their own. They haven’t lost in their last three domestic games, winning the last two against Elche (1-0) and Real Betis (2-0); Roberto Soldado (former Real Madrid player) scored twice against Real Betis.
The visiting side have a 6-3-4 record (sixth place with 21 points). They have scored 17 goals (worst among the top six) and allowed 20 (also worst among the top six), but as we already mentioned, they haven’t conceded any goals in their last two games.
Granada lost 6-1 against Atletico Madrid and 2-0 against Real Sociedad, but they managed to beat Sevilla (contender) 1-0. Yes, they haven’t beat Real Madrid in seven years, but right now they have nothing to lose; if they win on Wednesday, they could rest with the Champions League in mind.
They have a 2-1-3 record on the road. Roberto Soldado and Luis Javier Suarez are the team’s top scorers with three goals each.
Discarded Players and Projected Line-ups
Isco, Vinicius Jr. and Luka Modric will be out for Real Madrid. Isco hasn’t been playing a lot, but Vinicius and Modric are two of Zidane’s favorites.
With that in mind, Real Madrid’s expected lineup is Thibaut Courtois, Ferland Mendy, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Marco Asensio, Rodrygo, Lucas Vazquez and Karim Benzema.
On Granada’s side, Fede Vico, Victor Diaz, Angel Montoro and Neyder Lozano will be out due to injury.
Their expected lineup is Rui Silva, Carlos Neva, German Sanchez, Domingos Duarte, Dimitri Foulquier, Yangel Herrera, Maxime Gonalons, Luis Milla, Darwin Machis, Roberto Soldado and Luis Javier Suarez.
Pick: Real Madrid to win
Over/Under 3 goals: Real Madrid (9-2-3) | Granada (6-3-4)
Real Madrid alone have scored 2+ goals in their last three games, while Granada also scored two goals in their last La Liga game. The home side averages 1.7 goals per game, while the visitors average 1.3 goals per game.
Three of the last four Real Madrid vs Granada matchups went over three goals. In those games, Real Madrid scored at least four goals.
Real Madrid and Granada haven’t drawn 0-0 since the 1969-70 season. You can always expect some fireworks.
Pick: Over 3 goals
Final Score Prediction: Real Madrid 3 – Granada 2
Real Madrid vs Granada Props Predictions
When you do your soccer betting with us, you can also predict the correct score and the half time-full time winners. As we already mentioned, Real Madrid haven’t lost against Granada in their last ten matchups; and Real Madrid won the half time and full time in their last five matches against Granada.
Here’s a quick rundown of Real Madrid vs Granada latest results (La Liga):
- Granada 1 – Real Madrid 2
- Real Madrid 4 – Granada 2
- Granada 0 – Real Madrid 4
- Real Madrid 5 – Granada 0
- Granada 1 – Real Madrid 2
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