Lionel Messi & Arda Turan
Arda Turan (right) made his long-awaited Barcelona debut against Espanyol in midweek Reuters

Barcelona can return to the top of the La Liga table by beating Granada at the Nou Camp on 9 January.

Where to watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. The game is not scheduled for live broadcast in the UK.


Barcelona return to La Liga action with a home encounter against Granada after beating city rivals Espanyol 4-1 in midweek in an ill-tempered Copa del Rey clash. With league leaders Atletico Madrid not in action until 10 January, Luis Enrique's side can go top of the table by beating the visitors.

Enrique has no fresh injury concerns. Midfielder Sergi Roberto has shaken off a thigh injury that forced him to miss the cup match against Espanyol and is available for selection.

Granada come into this clash after they were thrashed 4-0 at the Mestalla by Gary Neville's Valencia in the Copa del Rey. The Andalusian side have won only one of their last 10 away matches in all competitions and sit just two points above the relegation zone in La Liga.

Left-back Cristiano Biraghi returns for the visitors after serving a one-match ban.

What managers say

Luis Enrique: "There were moments when the rhythm of the game [against Espanyol] was too fast for our liking. We reached our objective regarding what we wanted out of the game. It's normal to have a lot of pressure because we have a special rivalry, but you have to look at it in a positive light."

Jose Ramon Sandoval: "It's a tough result (4-0 loss to Valencia) with a first goal that was a little weird. The first two goals hurt us and now we have to think about what to do in the second leg."

Form guide

  • Barcelona (all competitions): WWWDW
  • Last result: Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol (Copa del Rey)
  • Granada (all competitions): LWLLW
  • Last result: Valencia 4-0 Granada (Copa del Rey)

Betting odds (888sport)

  • Barcelona win: 1/19
  • Draw: 14
  • Granada win: 33

Team news

Barcelona possible XI: Bravo; Vidal, Pique, Vermaelen, Mathieu; Turan, Busquets, Roberto; Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Granada possible XI: Fernandez; Foulquier, Mainz, Lomban, Biraghi; Rico, Perez, Marquez; Lopez, Penaranda, Mendez