Barca could rack up a big score against Grenada on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports 2.
Barcelona v Granada – Saturday 19:45, Sky Sports 2
Lionel Messi’s last minute penalty against Valencia helped Barcelona maintain the pressure on their divisional rivals. They were, however, dealt a blow with Andres Iniesta going off in tears on a stretcher as he joins an injury list that includes Pique and Alba. With those absentees, a stronger opposition could pose some problems for the Catalans but instead they host winless Granada, who currently prop up the bottom of the table.
Having finished in the bottom-six but survived in every season since their return to the top division in 2011/12, Granada look set for relegation come May unless they turn their form around pronto. It’s highly unlikely to occur here but for morale purposes their aim must be to avoid a thrashing, unlike their 7-1 defeat to Atletico in their last away trip.
Granada’s record against the ‘Big Three’ is abysmal. Since 2011/12 they’ve lost all 16 away fixtures, seven of which were by four or more goals as they conceded no fewer than 61 times. With Messi, Suarez and Neymar all fit and playing well we fancy Barca to cover the -4 handicap line. Since returning from injury Messi has been in deadly form with six goals in his last three in all competitions. He’s a bigger price than Suarez to score a hat-trick although with a trip to the Etihad on Tuesday there’s a good chance he won’t last the full 90.