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VIL vs GRA: Match Prediction, Preview And Kickoff Time

Villarreal have had a difficult time after winning the Europa League. They haven't had much luck on the field, and they'll be hoping to put an end to it when they face Granada at home today.

Villarreal are coming off yet another dismal campaign, this time against Chelsea on post-match penalties. They've now gone nine games without a win in the first 90 minutes.

Raul Albiol's spot kick against Chelsea was saved, denying his team further silverware, and he will be expected to rise to the occasion and lead the squad here. A record of only one clean sheet in nine games will hurt their defensive confidence, especially after surrendering two or more goals in three of their previous four games.

They will be more optimistic when looking at their attacking statistics, since they have scored in 11 of their last 12 games. Six wins in their past ten home games should also give them reason to be optimistic.

Granada had a less intense preseason and should be fresher for this encounter than their opponents.

They are unbeaten in their past six games and will be confident of a strong start after winning their last two. They've scored in seven of their previous ten games and should be in good form offensively, but they've only kept two clean sheets in that time.

Furthermore, they've also struggled away from home, losing eight of their past ten games and winning only two.

SUMMARY:

Villarreal haven't been in great form lately, but they have a home run to their credit, having won six of their past ten games at home. They came into this game on a losing streak, but they've been effective in attack. Granada have had a dismal away record, but they have scored consistently and will be relying on that. Villarreal is still a dangerous team, so go for a home win here. The game will be played today at 7pm Nigeria and UK time.

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