Ronald Koeman’s side needs to pick up points in the title race and has an important game against Granada
Barcelona had a busy summer with Ronald Koeman coming in to take the head coach job and Lionel Messi deciding not to leave Camp Nou despite submitting a request to move on.
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Messi staying at Barcelona has been huge for the club and Spanish football in general, especially after the league’s other biggest stars left for foreign leagues – such as Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus – in recent years.
Barcelona is a much better team with Messi and its goal this year is to win back the Spanish domestic title after Real Madrid lifted La Liga in 2019-20.
Defeats in both El Clasico games to bitter rivals have not helped Barca’s title hopes, but Koeman is still confident that Barcelona can end up victorious over Los Blancos in the battle for the trophy.
How to watch Barcelona vs Granada on US TV
Barcelona can go top of La Liga on Thursday if it wins its game in hand on the rest of the top four.
Sevilla finds itself in the running for the title after recent results, with just three points currently separating first and fourth.
A win for Barcelona against Granada would extend that to four points and see Koeman’s side move above Atletico Madrid into first.
Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho remain on the sidelines for Barcelona through injury, while it may be too soon for Martin Braithwaite to come back into the squad.
Miralem Pjanic is also doubtful and will probably not be risked with big games against Valencia and Atletico Madrid coming up.
Granada has a lengthy injury list of its own, with Rui Silva, Carlos Neva, Domingos Duarte, Luis Milla and Jesus Vallejo all ruled out.
Thursday’s visitor has failed to score in its last six trips to Barcelona, last scoring a league goal at Camp Nou in 2012.
Form is also on Barcelona’s side as it looks to win a fifth La Liga game in a row in 2021.
Barcelona vs Granada can be streamed in the US through Fanatiz with a 7-day free trial and kicks off at 10am PT and 1pm ET.
Barcelona on US TV in La Liga
|Date||Time (US PT / ET)||Game||Stream|
|April 29||10am / 1pm||Barcelona vs Granada||Fanatiz|
|May 2||12pm / 3pm||Valencia vs Barcelona||Fanatiz|
|May 8||7:15am / 10:15am||Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid||Fanatiz|
|May 11||11am / 2pm||Levante vs Barcelona||Fanatiz|
Barcelona in La Liga table
Despite a poor start to the season, Barcelona is now back in the top three.
Atletico sits two points ahead of Barcelona, having played a game more than Barca. Slip ups from Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid has also allowed Sevilla close the gap, making it a four-way title race.
Barcelona will need to pick up maximum points this week especially with a massive game against Atletico Madrid coming in May and this year’s Champions League campaign already over.