By Staff Reporter, EnStarz | Sep 22, 2012 03:36 PM EDT
Barcelona vs Granada is the big match in La Liga on Saturday with Real Madrid not set to play until Sunday. The match will kick off at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream (link provided below).
Barcelona will be heavy favorites for this match. They are not only unbeaten so far in la Liga this season, but have a 100 percent record, winning every game so far.
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In this match they will face struggling Granada, and in front of a fanatic and intimidating Nou Camp crowd it would take a brave person to suggest that Barcelona will not come out on top - and most would say quite handsomely.
One major concern starting to arise for the Catalan club is injuries. Charles Puyol and Eric Abidal are both already sidelined, but recently Gerard Pique has joined them with a foot injury, suffered midweek in Barcelona’s Champions League tie with Spartak Moscow.
That means Javier Mascherano will probably continue in central defense, which is not his natural position. But even with him there, there are serious questions arising over who would partner him in the center of defense. Most point to either Alex Song or Marc Bartra to stand in.
Bartra, however, is just a 21 year old with limited experience in the senior Barcelona side, and usually plays in the reserves.
The one shining light for Barcelona will be Lionel Messi, who is fit and in form. With him alone in the side many would say it doesn’t even matter if Barcelona ship a few goals at the back, because Messi is likely to score more than they would concede.
Granada are a team with their heads down, and most pundits suggest there is no hope of that changing today. They have Dani Benitez, Pape Diakhate, Odion Ighalo, Fran Rico and Hassan Tebda out through suspensions and injuries.
So far this season new strikers Youssef El-Arabi and Antonio Floro Flores have not fired at all, and they will be a major concern coming into this game. Although many are suggesting Granada should just keep all 11 players behind the ball and try and frustrate Barcelona and come out with a point. A fair tactic in ordinary circumstances when your side is up against it, but against Barcelona that seldom works for teams.
The match kicks off at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream by clicking here.
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