Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides believes that los Blancos will prevail in a high-scoring affair at los Carmenes
Real Madrid’s first away match of the season sees them return to the scene of one of their most disappointing results from the previous campaign. The Blancos visit los Carmenes on Monday night to take on a Granada side who beat them 1-0 in the corresponding fixture last year thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo own goal.
The fact that neither side had a shot on target during the whole encounter gives some indication of the kind of contest it was, and Carlo Ancelotti’s men will be desperate to erase those bad memories by getting off to a winning start on the road.
Paddy Power price an away win at 4/11 (1.36), while Granada can be backed at 15/2 (8.50), with the draw offered at 7/2 (4.50).
After a wonderful pre-season, last weekend’s disjointed league opener against Betis left questions being asked of Madrid.
With a new manager at the helm perhaps it will take the side some time to adapt to the more possession-based style of football that Ancelotti wants to implement.
Monday night’s match, then, could be tricky given Madrid are going up against a Granada side who recorded an excellent opening-round win at Osasuna last Sunday.
In light of Madrid’s defensive deficiencies, backing both teams to score looks to be a rock solid option, with this bet paying out in 14 of Madrid’s last 15 league matches.
However, at 8/15 (1.53) it is sadly too short for us to consider as a main bet.
Instead, backing a Madrid win with 3 or 4 goals scored in the game at 15/8 (2.88) seems to give us plenty of options.
This bet pays out if Madrid win 2-1, 3-1, 3-0 or 4-0, and looks like an attractive potential investment.
Furthermore, this bet has proved to be a winning selection in each of Madrid’s last four away victories and could see an extremely healthy return given the appealing price.
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid