Half of the teams in the Spanish championship won the opening game and Real Madrid needs to build on their opening round victory to stay at the top of the standings. A visit to lowly Granada is exactly what they need, as the head-to-head record suggests a lopsided match.
Bet: Real Madrid -1.5 goals
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.08
Granada finished six points above the relegation line last season and by doing so they secured another year in Primera Division. They have the same objective for the current season and in order to achieve this target, they will have to extract the most from those games played at home. The last time these two teams met, Granada got away with a narrow margin victory after Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his own net. This season, the hosts would gladly settle for a draw, and coach Lucas Alcaraz will use a 5-4-1 starting formation with El-Arabi as the only striker.
He scored the decisive goal in the opening round against Osasuna, but tonight will find himself stranded in the offense with very little support. Real Madrid won five consecutive games and although they conceded one goal in four of those victories, they never conceded the initiative. With Ancelotti as coach, many suspect that Real Madrid will shift into a more defensive gear, but this won’t show against Granada. The visitors have plenty of options up front and Cristiano Ronaldo will pair up with Benzema, after the French striker scored a goal against Betis in the first game of the season.
The only reason for why the odds for Real Madrid to cover the -1.5 goals spread are this high is that Granada won the last home game against the former champions. Pinnacle Sports has the best value for a comfortable away victory at 2.08, making it the bookmaker of choice for this type of wager.