It is only Matchday 10 but there is already a real battle brewing at the top of the La Liga already with Valencia hot on the heels of Barcelona who sit pretty on top and Real Madrid slowly but surely picking up steam. Atletico Madrid remain unbeaten and this season sure looks like it will be keenly contested.
Second from bottom Alaves host unbeaten Valencia on Saturday afternoon. Alaves are having a torrid start to the season with only one win in their first nine games while Valencia are still one of the only three unbeaten teams left in the La Liga. Valencia already have matched their best ever start to a La Liga season after going 9 games unbeaten last weekend and against Alaves, there’s the very big possibility of a new club record being set by Marcelino and his wards. Valencia surely look like they want to push on.
Atletico Madrid host Villarreal at the Wanda Metropolitano where they have look unimpregnable. Only Luis Suarez has scored a league goal there but Villarreal are in a decent enough form to cause trouble for La Rojiblancos who are still not firing on all cylinders just yet. Atletico remain unbeaten and they surely would look to get something out of this.
Barcelona travel to the San Mames unbeaten and on top of the standings. Majority of the first team are well rested after being excluded from the trip to Real Murcia. Gérard Deulofeu had another inspiring game in the Cup and he will be looking to start again alongside Messi and Suarez. Bilbao are having an indifferent start to the season and have not beaten Barça in the league since moving to the new San Mames. This fixture also has mostly been a low-scoring one.
Sevilla host Leganes in the last action on Saturday at the Ramon Sanchez Pijquan. Eduardo Berrizo’s side have had a few weeks to forget but Leganes might not be so easy to prey on. Leganes are 5th on the log and are unbeaten in their last six games – a run that includes fixtures against Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. Sevilla though, remain unbeaten at home.
On Sunday Getafe host Real Sociedad who have a very good away record and are scoring alot of goals. Eibar host Levante in a midtable game that looks like goals might be hard to come by, considering Eibar have only scored once at home this season and Levante have only scored once away this season. Bottom-placed Malaga host Celta Vigo in the La Rosaleda hoping to record their first win of the season. The home side have won this fixture in the last 4 seasons and Malaga would hope they can continue that streak.
Real Madrid travel to Catalonia to face Girona in what is the most high-profile match on Sunday. Real needed two penalties to get past Segunda B side Fuenlabrada in the Copa but their imperious away form is expected to continue against a struggling Girona who only recorded their second win of the season last Monday against fellow strugglers Deportivo la Coruna. Cristiano Ronaldo is still struggling to get going with the goals but expect Madrid to take this.
On Monday night Espanyol host Real Betis who have started brightly while Las Palmas and Deportivo la Coruna finish of an interesting weekend of football also on Monday night. Deportivo sacked Pepe Mel after the loss to Girona and Cristobal Parralo will be in charge of this one.