Granada CF host Alavés at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes for this matchday 18 fixture in the Spanish Segunda Division. Granada currently sits eighth in the league table with seven wins, four draws and six losses after 17 matches into the season, putting them on 25 points and nine points behind their opponents today. Alaves top the Spanish second tier with nine wins, seven draws and only a single loss so far, giving them a three point lead over second-place Las Palmas. The home side will be hoping to bounce back after a 1-0 away defeat to Leganes in a match where they were forced to play nearly the entire 90 minutes with only 10 men after Raul Fernandez received a red card just three minutes into the action. Alaves, on the other hand, are coming off a 2-0 home victory over Villarreal B in their last match which extended their unbeaten run to nine games.While they have struggled at times on the road this season, Granada’s home performances have been nothing short of superb. The Nazaries have managed only one win, two draws and six losses from their nine away matches but have yet to taste defeat when playing at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes, winning six and drawing two of their eight matches. The difference in Granada’s home and away attacking and defensive output has been truly staggering; Granada have scored 17 goals while only conceding once at home compared to managing only two goals while allowing 11 goals as the visitors. For Alaves, they have also seen a dip in their home and away form, albeit nowhere near as dramatic as their opponents today. The Blue and Whites also sport an unbeaten home record of six wins and three draws but have only managed to win three of their eight away matches.
We’re going to back Granada to get the win as our bet for this match. With their incredible results in front of the home fans so far this season, it’s hard to pick against Granada with their current form. Despite Alaves being the league leaders, they’ll be in for a massive challenge here as they will attempt to breach this Granada defense that has only allowed one goal in their eight home matches. Back the hosts to get the job done and continue their unbeaten home streak.