Real Madrid v Granada Live Commentary & Result, 12/23/2020, First Division

Real Madrid have won their last 10 La Liga games against Granada, scoring 3.4 goals per game on average. It’s their longest winning run against a single opponent, among the La Liga 2020/21 teams.

Granada arrive in town full of confidence but with a few significant injury concerns so the side from the south coast opt to make changes. Duarte and Vallejo are joined by Herrera in central defence as Kenedy starts alongside Eteki and Milla in midfield. Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Soldado leads the line for the visitors with Puertas his partner upfront.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane opts for arguably his strongest XI tonight as his side go in search of another La Liga win. Ramos and Varane start in the heart of defence with Carvajal and Mendy in the two full-back positions. Casemiro anchors the midfield alongside Kroos and Valverde whilst Vazquez and Rodrygo flank talisman Benzema up top for the hosts. Luke Modric misses out due to fitness concerns.

GRANADA SUBS: Aaron Escandell, Joao Costa, Quini, Nehuen Perez, Pepe Sanchez, German Sanchez, Ramon Azeez, Alberto Soro, Jorge Molina, Luis Suarez.

GRANADA (5-3-2): Rui Silva; Dimitri Foulquier, Jesus Vallejo, Yangel Herrera, Domingos Duarte, Carlos Neva; Luis Milla, Yan Eteki, Kenedy; Antonio Puertas, Roberto Soldado.

REAL MADRID SUBS: Andriy Lunin, Marcelo, Nacho, Eder Militao, Alvaro Odriozola, Isco, Martin Odegaard, Marco Asensio, Mariano, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Vinicius Junior.

REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Daniel Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema, Rodrygo.

Fans receive an early festive treat tonight as La Liga champions Real Madrid play host to a strong Granada side who themselves have one eye on Champions League qualification this season. The hosts are in need of another three points as they look to hunt down cross city rivals Atletico who currently occupy top spot whilst a win for Granada would push them up to fifth in the current standings.

Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this La Liga fixture between Real Madrid and Granada.