Our match prediction:
Having finished the previous campaign just one point above the relegation zone, Granada will be hoping to do much better this term, but we seriously doubt they have enough quality to avoid yet another relegation tussle. While purchasing Jose Angulo, los Rojiblancos have signed a host of footballers on loan deals, with Arsenal youngster Jon Toral and Malaga’s Guillermo Ochoa most notable recruits. Following back to back wins over Cordoba and Mallorca, the hosts will attempt to take advantage of Villarreal’s injury crisis and their preoccupation with the Champions League tie against Monaco, and we predict they will succeed in their quest. The Yellow Submarine are not only missing a number of first team regulars, but they stayed without head coach Marcelino Garcia Toral just days ago, and they are clearly not in the best shape at the moment. That being said, Villarreal can be trusted to play a good game of football at Nuevo Los Carmenes, but we cannot see them getting anything from the game.
Highligted Player (Fran Rico):
Fran Rico is a right-footed midfielder who plays for Granada in Spanish Primera Division. Fran Rico used to play for Portonovo and Pontevedra during his youth career and he made his senior debut for Pontavedra on 18 December, 2005 against San Isidro in Spanish Segunda Division B. Real Madrid scouts spotted him during the 2007/2008 season and he joined the Spanish giants in the 2008 summer transfer window. However, he did not play for the first team, but for Real Madrid B in Segunda Division. He made 52 appearances for the reserve team of Real Madrid, scoring 11 goals in the process. It has to be noted that he was out of contention for three months due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Fran Rico signed for Granada on 5 August, 2011 and on 25 September he scored his first ever goal in Primera Division. He found the net in a 1-1 draw with Osasuna after coming as a substitute at half-time. The experienced midfielder who was born on 3 August, 1987 in Portonovo scored two goals in 15 appearances for los Granadinos in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign.
Highlighted Team (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Vilarreal managed to reach the Primera Divison for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club couldnt manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Divison. In the last couple of years Villarreal deveped itself to a stable club in the Primera Divsiion. This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3th on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.