La Liga: 3 Things to Look Forward to as Barcelona Host Granada

Quique Setien takes charge of his first Barcelona game as the Catalan giants play host to Granada in La Liga on Sunday.

Barcelona decided to relieve Ernesto Valverde following their debacle in the Supercopa de Espana, where they were beaten at the semi-final stages by Atletico Madrid. His successor, Setien will be hoping Granada don’t finish this season unbeaten against Barca considering they inflicted a 2-0 defeat on them earlier in the campaign.

However, Barcelona are pretty formidable at home and should have more than enough quality to take all three points from their first home match of 2020.

Here are the three things to look forward to as Barcelona host Granada at Camp Nou.

3. Squad selection woes for Setien

The one good news Barcelona's new manager has is that Marc-Andre ter Stegen and midfielder Arthur Melo have been back in training and should be fit to start. However, apart from that silver lining, Setien has a multitude of other injury concerns to deal with. 

Luis Suarez has been ruled out for four months after he underwent a knee surgery earlier this month. The Catalans will also be without the services of fellow attacker Ousmane Dembele, while summer signing Frenkie de Jong is suspended.

2. Can Granada do the double over Barcelona?

Granada are the team tasked with making it an unhappy start for Barca's new boss, and the visitors are certainly capable of making it an uncomfortable 90 minutes for the Spanish champions. Diego Martinez's side have enjoyed a solid campaign to date, picking up 27 points from their 19 matches to sit 10th.

Martinez's side also ran out 2-0 winners over Barca in the reverse match earlier this season, while they only suffered a 1-0 defeat when they last travelled to Camp Nou in the league in October 2016. They have only conceded 25 times in their 19 matches which is far from a disastrous record, and with Barca's shaky defense, goals are there for the taking.

1. Can Setien provide a new manager bounce?

Setien’s arrival at Barcelona has been a breath of fresh air and has brought the feelgood factor back to the champions. The 61-year-old is a follower of Johan Cruyff’s ideologies and is expected to bring back that style to Barcelona after a cull of clear identity under Valverde.

If Barca win, they will set a new Liga record of 24 consecutive home wins against the same opponent. The current record of 23 has been achieved twice, both times by Barca (against Granada and Real Sociedad). With Real Madrid beating Sevilla on Saturday, the Blaugrana have slipped to the second spot on the table and Setien will be hoping to lead his team to a victory and reclaim the top spot.