Real Madrid v Granada
Sunday 5th April 2015, Santiago Bernabeu. Live on Sky Sports 5. Kick-off 11:00am.
Real Madrid will be aiming to return to winning ways when they entertain Granada in Sunday’s 11am start.
Second-placed Galacticos, who fell four points behind Barcelona after losing 2-1 to their title rivals before the international break, are on a poor run having recorded just one win from their last five outings in all competitions.
The Whites finished behind Barcelona and city-rivals Atletico Madrid last season with 87 points in third, their lowest position since 2004, but their faithful will be hoping for much more this term.
Granada travel to the Bernabeu having taken just four points from their last 14 away trips and are without a road success since September to sit 19th in the table. Last time out they held Elche to a goalless draw for their 11th stalemate of the campaign, the most by any side in the Spanish top tier.
El Grana are two points and two places from safety after registering just one win in their last seven fixtures, and they are yet to overcome Real Madrid in the Spanish capital in a competitive match.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side won the reverse clash 4-0 at Los Carmenes, as James Rodriguez notched a brace with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema providing the other goals.
In team news, there are a few casualties from the international break. Gareth Bale and Pepe picked up knocks and may miss out on a starting place this Sunday.
Despite their poor run it should be a routine victory for Real with Granada having the second worst defensive record on the road behind only Rayo Vallecano. Madrid should beat the -3 Asian Handicap at 19/16 with BetVictor, whilst a 4-0 Real Madrid win can be found at 7/1 with Bet365.
Looking at goalscorers, Karim Benzema has struck in his last three outings against the Andalusian side and can be backed to open scoring at 4/1 with 888 Sport.
Real Madrid -3 on Asian Handicap 19/16 (BetVictor – Get a £25 free bet when you sign-up)
Karim Benzema to score first 4/1 (888 Sport)
Real Madrid to win 4-0 7/1 (Bet365)