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Villarreal will try to recover from their disappointment in the UEFA Super Cup when they open their 2021/22 La Liga season at home to Granada on Monday evening.
The Yellow Submarine, who won the Europa League last season, lost to Chelsea on penalties in the Supercup on Wednesday, but this will be Granada’s first competitive game in three months.
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Villarreal won 15, drew 13 and lost 10 of their 38 La Liga games last season, finishing seventh, three points behind sixth Seville and around 19 points behind Seville in fourth place.
However, the Yellow Submarine will compete in the 2021-22 Champions League group stage thanks to their win over Manchester United in last season’s Europa League final. the two teams could not be separated after 120 minutes, however Unai EmeryThe team won 11-10 on penalties.
Villarreal also drew 1-1 in the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea on Wednesday night, but this time lost the penalty shoot-out 6-5 Aissa Mandi and Raul Albiol missed their spot kicks against the blues.
Emery’s side signed Juan Foyth Got a permanent contract this summer while they brought along too Boulaye Dia, Manu Morlanes and Mandi to add to the squad for the 2021-22 season.
Villarreal expects to get closer to the top 4 this season and it will be fascinating to see how the team fares in their first Champions League group stage since 2011-12.
Last season, Granada secured a third season in a row at this level of football with 13 wins, seven draws and 18 defeats with ninth place and 46 points.
The Andalusian team have been seventh and ninth since their return to the top division and are now under the leadership of the former Spanish coach Robert Morenowho has replaced Diego Martinez at the helm.
Granada haven’t paid a player transfer fee this summer but they managed to get one Luis Abram, Carlos Bacca and Monchu, while Roberto Soldado, Rui Silva and Feather Vico have moved on.
Moreno’s team have played five friendlies this summer and recorded three wins, including wins in a row against Linense and Malaga in the last two pre-season games.
Granada haven’t beaten Villarreal in Spain’s top division since 2014, but the corresponding game in the 2020/21 season ended in a 2-2 draw.
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Villarreal will be back without the services of. being Dani Parejo and Samuel Chukwueze by injury while Francis Coquelin remains a doubt for the Yellow Submarine.
Pau Torres, who is currently heavily linked to a move to Tottenham Hotspur, was released early in the season due to his busy summer with Spain, allowing new signing Mandi to start behind.
Alberto Moreno played as left midfielder against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup and that could be the case here too, as Dia is a new addition Gerard Moreno as part of a Front Two.
As for Granada, Neyder Lozano is dating a broken leg while Yan Eteki will probably not be available for selection due to a muscular problem.
Moreno’s squad is otherwise in good shape and it would be no surprise to see a 4-5-1 formation with Darwin Machis and Antonio Puertas support the lonely onward Luis Suarez.
Maxim Gonalons, Angel Montoro and Luis Milla should start out as the three central midfielders, with the newcomers trio – Abram, Bacca and Monchu – possibly named among the substitutes.
Villarreal possible starting line-up:
Asenjo; Foyth, Mandi, Albiol, Pedraza; Pino, Trigueros, Capoue, A Moreno; G Moreno, Dia
Granada possible starting line-up:
Escandell; Foulquier, Duarte, Sanchez, Neva; Puertas, Montoro, Gonalons, Milla, Machis; Suarez
Probability: Villarreal 2-1 Granada
Granada are certainly a serious team at this level of football and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they made the first half again this season. However, the Supercup game on Wednesday would have been valuable for Villarreal to build up his fitness and we can see the home side take a win in this competition and get three points early on the board.