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Spanish Primera BBVA

(ATT 21,000) 19th February 2012 - Kick off 11:00 Ref: Jose Antonio Teixeira Vitienes

Granada Granada vs Real Sociedad Sociedad

Granada 4

I Lopez (12)
F Jara (57)
I Uche (61, 87)
G Siqueira (S/O 86)

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Sociedad 1

M Gonzalez (11)
A Illarramendi (S/O 44)

Granada v Real Sociedad preview

Granada looking for strong home finish if they are to maintain their top flight status.

Last Updated: 18/02/12 3:25pm

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Mikel Rico: Home form crucial to survival

Mikel Rico: Home form crucial to survival

Granada midfielder Mikel Rico has highlighted the club's home form as key to whether they survive in the Primera Division this season ahead of Sunday's home clash with Real Sociedad.

The Andalusians sit just one place above the relegation zone but have lost only three of their 11 home games so far this campaign, and Rico believes victory over Sociedad at Los Carmenes this weekend is a must.

Sky Bet Odds

Granada - 13/10, Draw - 9/4, Real Sociedad - 21/10 Bet now

He told newspaper AS: "Every game is important but clearly the success of the last two years has been based on good results at home. At Los Carmenes we need to take almost all the points we still need for survival.

"Sunday's game will be a difficult one between two teams in form. It is a vital game for us because afterwards our schedule gets very tough and we need to win no matter what it takes."

Pape Diakhate is the only absentee from Abel Resino's squad due to his sending-off at Villarreal last weekend, so Borja Gomez should continue alongside Inigo Lopez in central defence, while Henrique is expected to be given his first start.

Sociedad boss Philippe Montanier, meanwhile, has demanded more from his side despite moving up to 11th with a 2-0 win over Sevilla on Monday.

The Frenchman told the club's website: "I hope that the best is still to come. For the intensity, effort and quality of the players, our domination of the ball isn't enough, but I think we are going to improve."

Montanier is also hoping for more consistency from young midfielder Ruben Pardo after he starred and scored the second goal against Sevilla.

"The reaction to his performance has been a little excessive. For me he played a normal game and scored a goal because he has the best shot in the squad," he said.

"The hardest thing for him will be to retain his place and play many more games at this high level."

Antoine Griezmann is expected to regain his place behind Imanol Agirretxe in attack as Xabi Prieto is ill, while Asier Illarramendi could feature after three months out with a knee injury.

Best Bet: Draw 1-1 - 5/1

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25

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