It’s another La Liga weekend and judging from the amount of goals scored last week, lots of excitement is expected in the Spanish top flight this weekend.
Levante host Getafe in the first game of matchweek 9 at the Estadio Cuidad de Valencia in a midtable clash while high-scoring Real Betis host struggling Alaves whose only points this season were earned away from home, at Levante.
In what should be the most exciting match-up on Saturday, 2nd-placed Valencia host Sevilla at the Mestalla. Valencia remain unbeaten in the Liga and have September player of the month Simone Zaza and Rodrigo firing in goals for them while Sevilla have neither won nor scored on their last two trips away from the Ramon Sanchez Pijquan after losses to Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.
Bottom placed Malaga travel to the Camp Nou to play unbeaten Barcelona in the last action of Saturday night. Malaga are winless in the Liga this season but would have some iota of belief after being the only team to not concede a goal to Barcelona in the league last season. Lionel Messi is fit as is Luis Suarez although it is unclear if Gérard Deulofeu would be handed another starting berth.
Villarreal and Las Palmas kick off Sunday’s action at the Estadio la Ceramica. Villarreal are one of five unbeaten teams at home in the league with Las Palmas having only one win in their last five.
Celta Vigo could go just two points off Atletico Madrid if they get a win at home to Los Rojiblancos at the Balaidos on Sunday afternoon. Atletico though have won on the last four occasions these two teams met and would hope to get back on track after a dismal performance in the Champions League away in Azerbaijan.
High-flying Leganes host Athletic Bilbao. Leganes have only lost once in their last five while Athletic Bilbao have won just once in the last five.
Real Madrid round off Sunday’s action when they host Eibar at the Santiago Bernabéu. Ronaldo and Benzema both got their first league goals last week away to Getafe and with Gareth Bale still doubtful, goalscoring responsibilities still lies majorly on both of them against an Eibar side who have conceded 17 goals already this term.
On Monday Real Sociedad host Espanyol at the Anoeta on the back of a resounding away victory on Europe in midweek while struggling sides Deportivo la Coruna and Girona square up at the Riazor later on Monday Night Football.