Saturday September 17, 2011 (17.00 UK)
Nuevo Los Carmenes, Granada
Relegation favourites Granada are enduring the worst possible start to their first La Liga campaign in 35 years. They remain winless and goalless and have yet to give too much indication that they have the quality required to stay in the top flight for more than a season.
Fans of the Andalusian club will remember the beginning of last season in Liga Adelante when they also had a poor start but managed to turn their season around and achieve promotion. They will be hoping they can enjoy a similar change in fortune this time round.
Highly rated on-loan Argentine forward Franco Jara has shown glimpses that he may be able to provide the creativity needed and Coach Fabri Gonzalez is still searching for a formation that best plays to his strengths.
El Grana will be hoping to capitalise on the poor away form of Villarreal, who have only won one of their last 10 games on the road. The Yellow Submarine have also had a shaky start to the season and have so far managed to pick up just a solitary point in the home match against Sevilla.
Villarreal also lost their unbeaten home record in the Champions League last night after losing 0-2 to Bayern Munich at El Madrigal and still seem to be struggling to cope with the loss of talismanic Santi Cazorla.
Granada (4-2-3-1): Roberto; Nyom, Diakhate, Mainz, Siqueira; Abel, Yebda; Jara, Carlos Martins, Dani Benitez; Uche
League form: Last five home W-D-D-W-L
Villarreal (4-2-3-1): Diego Lopez; Zapata, Gonzalo, Musacchio, Joan Oriol; Marchena, Bruno, Camunas. Borja Valero, Cani, Rossi
League form: Last five away L-D-D-L-L
Did you know…Granada’s defeat to Real Betis was their first loss against an Andalusian side in 18 top flight matches [via @optajose]