Struggling Granada will host Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid on Saturday in a much-anticipated La Liga clash at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.
Jose Mourinho's club currently trails Barcelona and Atletico in the Spanish Primera Division table but still has plenty of time to make up ground. Although Barca is comfortably ahead, the reigning La Liga champions can take a huge step forward towards second place by earning three points on the road this weekend.
Here we get you set with everything you need to catch this weekend's pivotal showdown in Granada.
Where: Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, Spain
When: Saturday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. ET
Stars to Watch
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, F
No surprise here, Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world's best footballers, and his 21 goals in just 20 La Liga appearances this season prove it.
Fans should keep an eye out for Ronaldo on Saturday; the Portuguese star netted a hat trick in Real's last Spanish Primera Division victory over Getafe last weekend. He has a total of seven goals in the club's last three La Liga matchups.
Ronaldo scored two goals in Madrid's 3-0 win over Granada at home back in September, proving he has the key to unlock the rival's defense.
Youssef El Arabi, Granada, F
Twenty-five-year-old Granada striker Youssef El Arabi isn't even close to as prolific a goal scorer as Cristiano Ronaldo, but on Saturday he'll be his club's No. 1 goal-scoring option as he returns from the Africa Cup of Nations.
El Arabi has four La Liga goals this season, but has not scored since early November against Athletic Bilbao. Still, look for the Moroccan star to get plenty of shots off at home. He's second on the team in shots (29) and shots on goal (10) this season.
Although Madrid's defense is among the best in Spain, it is more suspect away obviously (12 goals conceded in 11 La Liga matches away), and should present El Arabi with one or two chances to turn the tide in favor of the underdog.
With Los Blancos coming off a hard-fought draw with Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semifinals and Granada facing the threat of relegation, I fully expect Madrid to win Saturday's showdown.
Ronaldo and Co. possess too much firepower for Lucas Alcaraz's side, and should find one or two goals rather easy to come by. Only Barcelona has scored more goals than Real Madrid during La Liga play this season, while Granada have conceded 10 goals in 10 La Liga home matchups.
Real Madrid 2, Granada 0
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