It is week 7 in the La Liga and while some teams have started the season having a fantastic rub of the green, others are having to chase important points so early in the season.
There are three unbeaten teams left in the Liga. Barcelona are the only club in Europe’s top 5 leagues to have a 100% record while a very much improved Valencia side remain unbeaten in the league this term. Atletico suffered a surprising defeat at home to a spirited Chelsea comeback this midweek but are unbeaten in the league and would hope to continue their streak.
The weekend starts with Celta Vigo hosting Girona at the Balaidos on Friday night. A Pione Sisto inspired Celta scored four last time out at Eibar so it is almost safe to expect a comfortable victory for Andalusian side against a Girona side who have not scored a goal in the league since the end of August.
Champions, Real Madrid have failed to win in the league at the Bernabeu this season. They welcome Espanyol on Sunday evening and judging from the performance in Dortmund this week, Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo are expected to break the duck against the Catalans. Madrid have won their last 4 against Espanyol without conceding a goal.
Barcelona sit pretty on top of the La Liga after a fantastic start to the season which has seen them win all six games and conceded just twice. Las Palmas are the visitors to the Camp Nou on sunday as Barcelona are still without Ousmane Dembele and Rafinha but Messi and co have won the last four meetings between both sides with Luis Suarez scoring 6 goals in those encounters.
Atletico make the short trip to Leganes as they seek to get back to winning ways following their defeat to Chelsea during the week. Diego Costa is not available until January but the likes of Griezman and Correa have been very effective so far. Sevilla host winless Malaga at the Ramon Sanchez Pijquan on Saturday and will be hoping to return to winning ways after they suffered their first league loss away to Atletico Madrid last week.
Real Sociedad have suffered three straight losses after an impressive start to the season saw them joint top after matchweek 3. Real betis visit the Anoeta on the back of three consecutive victories making them slight favourites to win there.
Struggling Villareal host Eibar on Sunday after that 4-0 defeat to Getafe but the biggest match of the weekend is expected to be Athletic Bilbao’s visit to the Mestalla to face unbeaten Valencia on Sunday night. Valencia have strengthened especially at the back and with Simone Zaza scoring goals up front, it looks like Valencia are finally getting things right under Marcelino.
Levante have done well this season with good results at home so far. They host Alaves on Saturday on the back of a 4-0 humbling in the hands of Real Betis but Levante definitely have a very good chance this weekend. Alaves are the only remaining team without a point in the La Liga this season.
Getafe are at the Riazor on Saturday afternoon to face struggling Deportivo on the back of a 4-0 demolition of Villareal last weekend. Pepe Mel’s Deportivo have won just one match this season and against Getafe, who have not lost away from home this term, Deportivo would find it hard to get points.