After a difficult match against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League, Barcelona takes Granada at the Camp Nou. In the last Champions League match, Barca has lost central defender Gerard Pique. He sprained his ankle. Previously was injured another central defender Carles Puyol with a knee injury and midfielder Andres Iniesta, that injured hamstring. Both defenders can not recover even before the match against Real Madrid, which will be take place on October 7.
Alex Song will replace Pique, while Alba is expected to return on the left flank after recovering from flu.
Little tired Catalans need to take three points this evening not lose a great start. Barcelona has won all four games and stands at first position in the Spanish la Liga.
Granada goes eighteenth and has 2 points in four rounds.
Juan Antonio Anquela’s boys are still looking for their first win of the season.
Granada played two draws and two defeats in their four games.
Andalusian side has won just one of their last eleven away games and scored only one goal in last six away matches.
Granada strikers Antonio Floro Flores and Darwin Machis are ready for the trip to Catalonia. As well as Borja Gomez, that returns from suspension. But Odion Ighalo, Fran Rico, Hassan Yebda, Manolo Lucena and Roberto are unavailable for this game.
FC Barcelona row: Valdes, Alves, songs, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas, Tello, Messi, Sanchez.
Last three games:
FC Barcelona 3 – Spartacus 2;
Getafe 1 – FC Barcelona 4;
FC Barcelona 1 – Valencia CF 0.
Granada Line-Up: Tono, Nyom, Lopez, Gomez, Siqueira, Irenaeus, M-Rico, Torje, Orellana, Elaraby, Floro Flores.
Last three games:
Granada 1 – Deportivo 1;
Real Madrid CF 3 – Granada 0;
Granada 1 – Sevilla 1.