Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Villarreal will be aiming to extend their winning run to five games when they host Granada at their Estadio de la Ceramica on Tuesday evening. The Yellow Submarine rolled over Celta Vigo 4-0 in their last league fixture, with the team eliminating Tenerife in the Copa del Rey at the weekend. Boss Unai Emery rested several first-team regulars in the Spanish Cup triumph, but he is likely to field the best possible side against Granada.
Los Granadinos quickly bounced back from a 4-0 loss to Barcelona, with the team beating Osasuna at home in their last league match. The Andalusians did well to eliminate Malaga in the Copa del Rey at the weekend, but Villarreal are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the visitors than their previous rivals. Iborra, Mario, and Moreno are all sidelined with injuries for the hosts, while Diaz and Lozano remain in Granada’s recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Ramiro Funes Mori):
Argentina isn’t known to produce great talents in defence but Ramiro Jose Funes Mori is an exception. The 25-year-old started his football career in the United States with FC Dallas. He won an MLS talent competition to get into their youth team but it was less than a year before he moved back to Argentina.
Mori joined River Plate as a youth player in 2008 and progressed to their senior team within three years. The young defender is nothing short of a club legend at River Plate having won six titles with the team. More than the titles and his performances, it was his performances in important games that is still vividly remembered.
His iconic goal against Boca Juniors is still part of the folklore. Mori joined English Premier League club Everton in 2015 and soon established himself as a regular there. Mori represented Argentina seven times and yet to score in national colors.
Highlighted Team (Granada):
Granada are an Andalusian football club that plays in Spanish La Liga. The club were founded on 14 April, 1931 and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy. El Grana, though, booked their place in the Spanish Cup final in 1959, but Barcelona proved to be a big catch for the Andalusian outfit.
Granada host their rivals at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, the stadium that was built in 1995. The capacity of the stadium is 23,934. Granada’s main rivals are fellow Andalusian team Sevilla, but Real Betis are regarded as the club’s bitter rivals as well.
The likes of Yacine Brahimi, Juan Aguero, Gustavo Benitez, Pahinho, Denis Milar, Julio Montero Castillo, Capi, Cesar and Jose Mingorance are famous players that were part of the Estadio El Sadar outfit in the past. The original colour of Granada’s kits were blue and white, but after the Spanish Civil War the club chiefs bought new ones (red and white).