Villarreal x Granada : Preview

Jony and Aquino: Correcaminos - David Ramos

Villarreal take on a defensively stingy Granada at El Madrigal in their last match before yet another FIFA break. Granada are coming off of a good win over Athletic at home. They have 2 wins 2 draws and 3 defeats (all by one goal).


  • Granada take the fewest shots and shots on target in the league. 9 shots/game only 2.7 on target.  (Villarreal is 13th with 12.3 shots/game)
    Consequently they have only scored 5 goals in 7 matches so far.But they have only conceded 5 goals.
  • 2nd worst in pass completing % in the league.
  • Granada is good in air and physical - 5th in aerial duels won and average 3 cards per game.
  • 4th in dribbles in the league. - Presence of players like Diego Buonanotte, Michael Pereira helps.
  • Granada allows a lot of shots (14.7/game, 6th worst).

Defensively they seem like a "play physical" and "bend but not break" type of defence. This means the sooner Villarreal score, the sooner the game will open up. Granada is one of the few teams who average lesser possession than Villarreal. They have speed on the wings with Pereira and Dani Benitez along with the right-back Nyom. They attack a lot from the right side through Pereira and Nyom with El Arabi leading the line. Roberto is one of the better goalkeepers in the league and has done well to keep them in a lot of games.

It is very important to not concede first in this match. Granada hasnt given up more than a goal in a game yet.For Villarreal it is the first test of character coming off of a bitter loss with all that has gone on at Benito Villamarin.A win and three points will make the FIFA break a lot more enjoyable and positive than a draw or a loss.

Squad Rotations

Villarreal just too 4 points from the 3 games in 7 days of last week. This being the last game before the break, I doubt there are any more rotations apart from changes forced by injury.I expect Bojan Jokic to get another start at left-back but the rest of the line-up could be our "blitz package" aka Jony-Gio up-front and Trigueros in doble-pivot.

Likely XIs

Villarreal 4-4-2


Granada 4-2-3-1

Roberto;Angulo-Murillo-Diakhaté-Nyom;Iturra-Fran Rico;Dani Benitez-Buonanotte-Michael Pereira;El-Arabi


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