17 Aug – 20:00
Who will be the winner?
|Villarreal||Villarreal VS Granada
Analysis of Villarreal
This is the first match in this edition of the competition for the home team, that ended the previous edition of the lower division in the 14th position and got the promotion. This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses in away matches; against 6 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. They come to this match after a away win against La Nucía by (0‑4). Villarreal has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2 of the last 10 home matches. They haven’t been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in all of the last 10 matches.
Villarreal comes for this match after a 3-4 win against Bologna, adding a second successive win during the pre-season. Note that home team ended up at the bottom of the La Liga 18/19 league table. In this first match for the championship, coach Javier Calleja should prioritize the maintenance of ball possession and organized attacks, especially through the right flank. At the individual level, we highlight Gerard Moreno the forward, who is very strong in time to finish. Absent from this match are Bruno Soriano and Ramiro Guerra, both injured.
Analysis of Granada
The away team makes its debut in this edition of the competition, after having finished 2nd and gotten the promotion. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 15 goals scored and 9 conceded; against 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 19 goals scored and 7 conceded. In their last match, for the Club Friendlies, they got a home win against Sevilla by (2‑1). In the last 10 away matches Granada has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2. Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches.
Granada comes for this match after a 2-1 win against Sevilla, adding another win this preseason. We remind that that the visiting team finished in the 2nd position of the Spanish second division, thus gaining access to this competition. Playing away, the coach Diego Martinez should favor defensive organization and counterattacking through the flanks. The man who acts in the attack, Roberto Soldado, is very dangerous in the air play and in finishing. For this match, the visiting team’s coach won’t count on Álex Martínez, Lozano and Bernardo Cruz, all injured.