There were important wins for the top teams in La Liga over the weekend as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico, and Sevilla recorded important victories although Real Sociedad lost their 100% record leaving only Barcelona as the remaining team to not drop a point this season in the La Liga.
The latest round of matches would see the champions welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back into the team for the game against Real Betis after his 5-game ban. Also coming back for Les Merengues on Wednesday is Marcelo who had his 2-match ban reduced and is eligible to play.
There’s still no Karim Benzema and Kovacic due to injury but Toni Kroos is likely going to feature after missing over the weekend.
Betis still have the 36-year old Joaquin to call upon to support Tony Sanabria while the likes of Javi Garcia and Andrés Guardado should provide quality in the midfield.
Samuel Umtiti, Andre Gomes, and Paco Alcacer have been dropped from Barcelona’s Matchday squad while Rafinha and record signing, Ousmane Dembele are out injured.
Eibar visiting the Camp Nou is expected to be one of many opportunities for Gerard Deulofeu to stake a claim for a permanent place in the team while Paulinho and Sergi Roberto are strongly expected to start as Valverde might be rotating the starting XI. This fixture has produced four or more goals in each of the last six installments and goals should be expected once again at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, new look Valencia would be hoping to convert successive draws to a win against a depleted Malaga side who are one of four teams to have not recorded a single point in the Liga this season.
Athletic Bilbao host Atletico Madrid at the San Mames in what is definitely the biggest match of Matchday 5.
Atletico got a good win at their new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, over the weekend but a trip to the San Mames would surely be a tricky affair for Simeone and his boys.
Iker Muniain and Aduritz definitely the major threats for the Basque side while Atletico would expect a lot from Antoine Griezman after his heroics on Saturday. Atletico are unbeaten against Bilbao in their last four encounters.
Leganes host new boys, Girona, in Madrid while Alaves travel to the Riazor to face Deportivo La Coruna. Second-placed Sevilla host Las Palmas in a very interesting encounter to round off Wednesday’s fixtures.
On Thursday night, Celta Vigo host Getafe at the Balaidos while Europa League contenders, Villarreal, host Catalan side Espanyol to round off Matchday five of in the La Liga.