Having looked a shoo-in for the play-offs not that long ago, a dismal run of form over the last month or so has ultimately meant that Granada have had nothing to play for during the last few weeks. Ahead of this final match, they find themselves six points shy of the top six, so they will most definitely be competing in the second division again next season. Keeping this in mind, José Luis Oltra’s men may find it hard to raise themselves for this final match.
On the other hand, Cadiz have remained in the play-off fight until the death. As things stand, Saturday’s visitors are in the top six, though if they don’t get something from this final fixture, things could change. With five teams competing for the final two play-off places, it is imperative that Cadiz win this match.
Recent form hasn’t been great as far as Granada are concerned. The hosts come into this match having lost each of four of their last five fixtures overall, while they’ve only managed to win one of their last four at home. Cadiz have also found wins reasonably hard to come by, but they’ve remained tough to beat and have now lost two of their last twelve matches.
Sitting back has often been something that Cadiz can afford to do, though with four other teams battling for a top six place two of which are on the same points, the visitors may need to be a bit more cavalier at some point during this match. Granada are anything but secure defensively, while Álvaro Cervera’s men are more than capable of scoring goals, even on the road. Prior to this fixture, the visitors have notched at least once in five of their last six on the road, though they have conceded in all but one of those.
With the visitors likely to have a go at some point, the hosts will very much be looking to scupper the plans of Cadiz by striking on the break. Not only could chances arise for Granada on the counter, but they’ve generally done well offensively at home this season. The hosts come here having scored at least once in eight of their last ten, while they’ve failed to score in just 15% of their overall matches at Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes during the current campaign.
With the way that this fixture is set up, what with Cadiz likely to make the running, both teams are fancied to profit offensively. At the prices, ‘Both Teams to Score’ is the best option.
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Cadiz did win when the pair met earlier in the season, though that was their first ever win against Granada. Prior to that victory, Saturday’s visitors had lost two of their three matches against Granada.
Granada will be without the services of Angel Montoro on Saturday night, though they have no other concerns.
Jose Mari will continue on the sidelines through injury, while Salvi Sanchez is out injured. Otherwise, the visitors should be at full strength.