Granada take on the visitors Mallorca in the round 3 match of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Saturday, August 26th at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes (Granada).
Last season, Granada became the champion of the Spanish Segunda and returned to La Liga after just one year of absence. The task ahead for the team is to at least avoid an immediate relegation back to the second division. While it's still quite challenging for Granada's players to compete against formidable teams like Madrid's Atletico and even strong Rayo Vallecano (previous opponents), they are fully capable of defeating Mallorca under the guidance of Paco Lopez. In their previous home match (against Rayo), the Nasrids created even more chances than the xG would suggest (1.18). In the opening round, they managed to score against Atletico in Madrid. The Over 1.5 goals bet has played out in both matches involving Granada at the start of the championship: 1-3 and 0-2.
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Mallorca surprised many last season, finishing in a high ninth place in the table and proving to be a strong mid-tier team. In 38 rounds of La Liga, the team played on Over 1.5 goals 22 times. And in 19 away matches of the championship involving the islanders, this total was achieved 14 times. In preseason friendlies, Mallorca's attack looked impressive, scoring 20 goals in six matches. In the championship, Javier Arrigae's team started with an away draw against Las Palmas (1-1), which is not a bad result overall. Yes, in the second round, Mallorca lost at home (0-1). However, they faced a strong Villarreal, who practically didn't allow any goal-scoring opportunities. Granada are far from being Villarreal; they can be scored against, even more than once.
The defenses of both teams leave much to be desired, which is why the bet on Over 1.5 goals at a reasonable odds seems quite justified. Both opponents have already organized goals in this season; the visitors conceded two goals in two rounds, while the hosts allowed as many as five. In terms of the match outcome, it's uncertain; either team could win. Personal encounters between Granada and Mallorca are usually high-scoring. In the last nine such matches, there were only two games with less than two goals scored. The three most recent meetings ended in favor of Granada: 2-1, 4-1, 6-2. In essence, the hosts can hit the required total on their own, and I wouldn't be surprised if Mallorca contributes two goals as well. Even a hypothetical draw like 1-1 is possible. The bet is Over 1.5 goals.”
Prediction for the match: Over 1.5 scored goals.