Granada CF 15/16 Prediction – 14th
A strong start to last season had Granada fans hopeful that their team would be able to improve upon their 15th placed finish the previous season. Unbeaten in the first 4 games of the season, Granada were sitting pretty in 5th, but couldn’t maintain their form and went on a terrible run of 14 games without a win before finally beating Elche at the end of January. Their form didn’t improve though, going on another barren run, including a 9-1 defeat to Real Madrid, which had them stranded in the relegation zone. With the team looking all but doomed to a season in the segunda division, Granada performed a great escape and pulled themselves into 17th position on the penultimate game of the season.
Granada fans will be hopeful for a more competitive season, but given last seasons struggle, many will be satisfied with solidifying their La Liga status. In order to do that, manager Joaquín Caparrós has strengthened his squad with three signings, but has also seen the same number of players depart, and whether the players brought in are of superior quality to those who have left is debatable. Yrondu Musavu-King will come in at centre-back on a free transfer, but aged only 23 and with only a handful of first team appearances at his previous clubs, whether he has the experience to become a first team regular for the side remains to be seen.
Last season’s Copa Del Rey performance was the best the club has seen in a number of seasons, reaching the Round of 16 for the first time in over 15 years, but they were comprehensively beaten 6-1 on aggregate by Sevilla. A repetition of these achievements would please fans; a cup run is always welcome distraction for inconsistent league form, but given the choice most Granada fans would surely ask for a La Liga season in which they don’t have to rescue themselves at the very last moment. Avoiding a terrible run like they had last season should help them do this, with a more comfortable finish of 14th a definite possibility this season.