Welcome back to La Liga! Barcelona return to league action on Saturday, at Camp Nou against last-place Granada. The Blaugrana are currently in third place and have won the last two league matches, and a third win in a row would keep the Catalan giants close to leaders Real Madrid in the early stages of the title race.
Granada were supposed to be a very fun team this season when they signed Paco Jémez as coach, but the Spaniard lost badly in almost every game and was quickly sacked. From then on, Granada have been a disaster, and two weeks ago they were victim of a 7-1 thrashing by Atlético Madrid, and they don't look like a team surviving relegation in this campaign.
Barça then have the obligation to win Saturday's match, even though coach Luis Enrique has an injury crisis to worry about. Before this game, eight players were injured, and while a few of them recovered in time, most of the injured stars won't be back until the international break. Barça have Manchester City and Sevilla away from home next week, which means Enrique will need to manage his players' minutes, because nearly 40% of his squad is currently out.
Beating Granada is necessary and it needs to be done in easy fashion, to preserve fitness and boost the confidence for the next two big games. Barça should get a dominant win, but we never know in football.
Barcelona squad: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Mascherano, Umtiti, Marlon, Roberto, Digne, Nili, Busquets, Gomes, Rakitic, Rafinha, Denis Suarez, Messi, Suárez, Neymar, Paco Alcácer
Out: Piqué (ankle), Mathieu (calf), Alba (hamstring), Vidal (hamstring), Iniesta (knee), Arda Turan (ankle)
Granada squad: Oier, Ochoa, Tito, Uche, Lombán, Gabriel S., Rubén Vezo, Saunier, Samper, Boga, Toral, Atzili, Carcela, Pereira, Cuenca, Angban, Barral, Ponce, Kravets
Out: Kelava (ankle), Foulquier (thigh), Gastón Silva (hamstring)