Friday 19 May

Granada CF vs Espanyol Match Preview

19 May 2017 Ed Mackey SPAIN: LaLiga
SPAIN: LaLiga

Granada CF

  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
19 May 2017

Espanyol Barcelona

  • L
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 19 May 2017

With Tony Adams’ Granada side already relegated from La Liga and Espanyol in 10th, this game certainly isn’t going to set the footballing world alight. The highest Granada can finish is one place above in 19th while Espanyol can still finish 8th with a win on Friday night. Granada have deserved to go down as they’ve awful all season while a very decent season for Espanyol has confirmed they will finish in the top half.

STATS

  • Granada have picked up just 1 point in their last 12 league games which shows just how bad they’ve been and the late introduction of Tony Adams didn’t improve their form as they failed to pick up any points under his leadership.
  • Espanyol have won just 1 of their last 5 games as they knew several weeks ago that they’d have nothing to play for with a handful of league games left. A narrow 1-0 defeat to Valencia in their last match was a clear indicator that they are on the beach.
  • Granada’s poor season has been summed up with their lack of goal scorers as they don’t have a single player with more than 5 goals in the league this season. Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez has scored 5 for La Liga’s bottom club.
  • Gerard Moreno and Pablo Piatti are the two Espanyol players with double figures in terms of league goals this season with 13 and 10 respectively. Piatti has also chipped in with 10 assists, a very good season for the Argentine with 20 direct goal involvements.

HEAD TO HEAD

Granada haven’t beaten Espanyol in their last 7 attempts as the visitors have recorded 5 wins and 2 draws. Both teams have scored in the last 5 meetings but with Granada’s form this season, a goal is a huge ask.

GRANADA NEWS

As Granada prepare for life in a lower division, they can sign off their season with a win in front of their home fans. Tony Adams will almost definitely not be in charge of the club at the start of next season so they’ll need to find a new manager that can get them back into La Liga very quickly. The hosts are without 5 players for the final game of the season as Kravets, Tabanou, Saunier, Ponce and Foulquier will all miss the fixture through injuries or suspensions, making it even harder for them to pick up their 5th victory of the season.

Latest matches: Granada CF

13.05.2017 LaLi CA Osasuna Granada CF 2:1 L
06.05.2017 LaLi Granada CF Real Madrid 0:4 L
29.04.2017 LaLi Real Sociedad Granada CF 2:1 L
25.04.2017 LaLi Granada CF Malaga CF 0:2 L
21.04.2017 LaLi Sevilla FC Granada CF 2:0 L

ESPANYOL NEWS

With an 8th place finish available for Espanyol with a win, they’ll be desperate to finish as high as they can as well as putting even more pressure on Granada. They also have 5 players who will miss the game througb injury as Sevilla, Duarte, Lopez, Roberto and Javi Fuego are all very unlikely to feature. They should still have too much strength for an incredibly weak Granada side.

Latest matches: Espanyol Barcelona

13.05.2017 LaLi Espanyol Barcelona Valencia CF 0:1 L
07.05.2017 LaLi Deportivo La Coruna Espanyol Barcelona 1:2 W
29.04.2017 LaLi Espanyol Barcelona FC Barcelona 0:3 L
25.04.2017 LaLi Sporting Gijon Espanyol Barcelona 1:1 D
22.04.2017 LaLi Espanyol Barcelona Atletico Madrid 0:1 L

SUMMING UP!

Espanyol are fully expected to pile even more misery upon the Granada players as they will look to score at will to finish the season on a high. The players haven’t been inspired by Tony Adams at all since his arrival and I expect this to continue as Espanyol will go on to comfortably beat the worst team in La Liga this season.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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