NIVEA MEN Football Insight: Real Madrid vs Granada

Real Madrid will aim to end their year on a high and continue their recent renaissance by hosting Granada in their penultimate match of 2020.

After the catastrophe and gloom of the fall, Zinedine Zidane’s side made a big difference, winning their last four matches at national level and their last five in all competitions.

In fact, Real have taken a maximum of 15 points since their 2-0 away loss to Shakhtar Donetsk on December 12, the loss that represented the lowest point of their miserable run.

Since then they have conceded just two goals in five matches, Sevilla, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Atletico Madric, Athletic Bilbao and Eibar have all been put to the sword in an impressive December.

They are heading towards their midweek meeting level with points with Atletico, despite having played two games less than their city rivals and have a lower goal difference.

The pressure could well be on Real when they host Granada, because Los Merengues could have lost three points behind Atletico when they host Real Sociedad on Tuesday.

This weekend, Real excelled at Eibar, knocking out the winners 3-1 with Karim Benzema in driving form.

The French striker opened the scoring after six minutes – after a great job from Rodrygo – and contributed two more assists, allowing Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez to strengthen Real’s lead.

With Sergio Ramos back on defense alongside Raphael Varane, Real are significantly more confident at the back, with Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal representing reliable options at the back.

With Casemiro back from suspension, he took his place alongside Modric and influential Toni Kroos, while Vazquez and Rodrygo had two of their best performances of the season alongside the deadly Benzema.

Zidane hopes to welcome back some of his other offensive options for the Granada visit; Vinicius can come in from the side – on the left flank – as the French manager changes his options, while he can also include Fede Valverde as Real look to negotiate the holiday season.

Eden Hazard Real Madrid 2020-21

Valverde stepped in when Casemiro was out and is expected to replace Modric, who missed training on Monday after developing a muscle problem in his left leg.

The Croatian midfielder will undergo tests on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury, and he will be sorely missed if he misses – as expected – having played a key role in Real’s recent winning streak.

Los Blancos could also welcome Eden Hazard again – at least for a place on the bench – as the Belgian superstar seeks to put his latest injury misery behind him.

Things have not worked out for the ex-Chelsea playmaker since joining the Premier League for a hefty price tag, and Zidane needs to manage his fitness with caution – bringing him back to a successful squad will help – as the attacking midfielder looked. get back to its best.

A perfectly fit Hazard would represent a major boost for Real as they seek to retain their title, as the former LOSC Lille hero could be the protagonist of a good start to 2021 – if he stays in shape!

Karim Benzema Real Madrid

Isco remains uncertain for the Granada game, while Granada have their own issues.

Key midfielder Maxime Gonalons is suspended, which could open the door for Ramon Azeez or Yan Brice Eteki, while Neyder Lozano and Angel Montoro are also out.

Victor Diaz, Fede Vico and Darwin Machis are all skeptical to visitors.

Real are overwhelming favorites to take all three points, despite Granda’s good start to the season.

Los Blancos won the last meeting between these two, five months ago, to extend their winning streak in that game to 10 matches. On average, they’ve scored 3.4 goals per game in this run, so expect goals when the Nasrids arrive in the capital on Wednesday.

Granada have never won at the Bernabeu, and it would be a big surprise if Diego Martinez could take the maximum number of points in a game where even a draw would be an exceptional result.

Benzema once again looks set to play a key role; he has a formidable record against Granada, having scored 12 in his last 14 games against the visitors.

He has scored eight and contributed two assists in his last home games against the Rojiblancos, and will seek to punish them again.

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