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Prediction: Cadiz vs Granada

Stefan Budur in Free Soccer Predictions, La Liga 27 Mar 2024

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Verdict: Both teams score

Best odds: 1.90

Bookmaker: ZetBet

Cadiz welcome Granada in a match of desperation for both sides. The Frida rivals are sitting in relegation positions and desperate need of points. The match will be played on Friday night at the Nuevo Mirandilla Stadium.

Cadiz

Cadiz need a win to keep their survival hopes alive. The hosts are 18th in the table, five points adrift of safety. The disastrous start to the season has probably done irreparable damage and Cadiz have their work cut out for them if they plan to remain in the top flight.

The installation of Mauricio Pellegrino as head coach at the end of January brought the desired effect and the positive change was timed perfectly. Under his command, Cadiz started to pick up points, thus maintaining chances of avoiding relegation. However, the Spanish side still has a long way to go even though a run of three consecutive positive results was enough for Cadiz to ignite the survival fight.

The shock victory at home against Atletico Madrid was no fluke as Pellegrino’s players remained unbeaten (2 draws) before the visit of Atleti. Cadiz struck decisively at home against Celta Vigo (2-2) and away to Rayo Vallecano (1-1). The two precious points came late in the game, with Cadiz scoring in the 90th minute to leave the pitch undefeated.

The home side is difficult to beat at Nuevo Mirandilla Stadium, suffering only four defeats in their 14 La Liga games. The latest 2-0 setback at Sociedad was their 13th seasonal loss.

Cadiz need three points against Granada to bolster their morale considering the heavy opponents they will face next: Barcelona, Girona, and Mallorca. And with nine rounds left, a tricky last-day relegation battle is looming on Cadiz.

Team News

The Argentinian boss has most of his key players ready for the showdown with Granada. However, Centre-back veteran Luis Hernandez is out with a terrible knee injury that will see him off the pitch by the end of the season.

Centre-midfielder Fede San Emeterio is out after suffering a terrible cruciate ligament tear. Experienced Jose Mari sustained a knee injury that will see him playing again only next term.

Granada

Granada look to be heading back to the 2nd tier of Spanish football following the disastrous season. The visitors are 19th in La Liga accumulating only 14 points in 28 rounds. Granada’s hierarchy got it very wrong this time, with all of the managerial changes that took place proving unable to bring any success.

Paco Lopez was dismissed just over a year after he took charge of Granada. The Spanish boss was sacked in late November 2023 following the poor run of results. Alexander Medina took the reigns but failed to steer Granada to a better path. The Uruguayan-born manager was axed just before the current international break.

The upcoming game will be a debut for Jose Sandoval who to bring the first win since 3rd January. The newly appointed boss needs to pull off a miracle for the visitors to play in the next season of La Liga.

His first major challenge is improving the weak defensive line that failed to perform throughout the season, conceding just over two goals per game. Also, winning only two points on the road from 14 travels reflects a psychological problem Granada is dealing with, away from home.

Team News

Myrto Uzuni is the only player in doubt. The left winger complained about Achilles tendon discomfort. However, the medical staff gave the green light for Uzuni to play against Cadiz.

It will remain to be seen Jose Sandoval’s first line-up since he took charge. Because the visitors desperately need a win, an attacking formation is expected.

Key factors to consider

  • Cadiz has been in better shape since the appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino. The hosts are five points from safety and a win will increase the pressure on the first team over the line, Celta Vigo
  • The Yellow Submarine are difficult to beat at Nuevo Mirandilla Stadium, losing only four of their 14 games played
  • Cadiz had a brilliant performance in front of their fans defeating Atletico Madrid (2-0)
  • Granda is the 3rd appointed manager this season. The ongoing changes seem to be fatal for the visitors who are looking more than ever to play in Spain’s 2nd tier in Autumn
  • Despite failing to win a single game away this term, Granada shocked Barcelona scoring three goals in the 3-3 Lluis Olympic Stadium thriller

Conclusion

With the recent managerial changes at both teams, a wager on goals scored is more appropriate than predicting the full-time result. Considering both sides proved capable of scoring and being an all-out match, we back goals to be scored at both ends.

Verdict: Both teams score

Best odds: 1.90

Bookmaker: ZetBet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stefan Budur


Former owner of Betting Mojo, experienced bettor and former punter at Betadvisor, Stefan has done it all when it comes to soccer betting. With more than 15 years of experience in the gambling industry, he gained a lot of knowledge that he'd like to share with SoccerNews.com readers so you can position yourself better every time you place a bet.

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