La Liga preview

Real Madrid’s impressive start to the season saw them come out on top of the latest El Clasico instalment in Montjuic. Jude Bellingham’s heroics ensured the points went the way of the visitors, courtesy of a stoppage time winner. The Englishman has scored 10 goals in LaLiga this season for Real Madrid, which is more league goals than Zinedine Zidane ever scored in a single season for the club. The surprise package of the season, Girona, continued their fairytale with a late winner from Yangel Herrera. Indeed, that winner came against Celta Vigo, condemning Rafa Benetez’s men to their third loss in their previous four league outings. Celta are up against a resilient Sevilla outfit who have drawn their previous 3 topflight fixtures in as many games. All that and more in this weekend’s preview!

Friday, 03 November 2023

4/1 Las Palmas | Draw 28/10 | Atletico Madrid 13/20 (22:00)

There is confidence in the Atletico Madrid camp and for good reason. Diego Simeone’s men have won each of their last 14 home games in La Liga, equalling their best run of consecutive home wins in the history of the competition, achieved at the Vicente Calderón between May 2012 and February 2013. Indeed, Atleti are on the current longest winning run across Europe’s top five leagues.

I expect the three points to go the way of the away side 13/20.

Saturday, 04 November 2023

33/20 Osasuna | Draw 47/20 | Girona 31/20 (15:00)

With just a single defeat since the start of the campaign, Girona are currently separated from the log leaders on goal difference. They are the current joint top scorers of the Spanish topflight, with eleven different players opening their account – highlighting their multiple routes toward goal.

Back the away side to continue their push at 31/20.

17/20 Real Betis | Draw 23/10 | Mallorca 33/10 (17:15)

The Benito Villamarin has proven quite a fortress this season in La Liga; Betis are on a streak of five games unbeaten at home. During such time, they have conceded just twice, taking 11 points from a maximum 15.

Back the home team to take all three points at 17/20.

29/20 Celta Vigo | Draw 47/20 | Sevilla 7/4 (19:30)

Sevilla have shared the spoils in their previous 3 league outings, coming back from a two-goal deficit twice. Under pressure boss Rafa Benetez needs to avoid defeat in this one, amid rumours that he could be the next managerial casualty in the Spanish topflight.

This one has the makings of a high scoring draw at 47/20.

43/20 Real Sociedad | Draw 24/10 | Barcelona 12/10 (22:00)

Having been dealt a 2-1 defeat at the death in the El Clasico, Barcelona will want to get back to winning ways sooner rather than later. With several key members of Xavi’s team returning from injury, it will be all systems go as they look to close the distance between them and current log leaders Real Madrid. Lewandowski, Raphinha and Yamal all appeared in the dugout in Montjuic, with the trio tipped to go into the starting line up in this one.  

Back a Barcelona win at 12/10.

Sunday, 05 November 2023

15/20 Alaves | Draw 26/10 | Almeria 34/10 (15:00)

Alavez was dealt their sixth defeat of their domestic campaign last time out, with only the clubs in the relegation zone succumbing more times. They host an Almeria outfit that are currently rooted to the foot of the table, with just two points to show from their opening 11 league fixtures.

Back a draw in this one at 26/10.

13/20 Valencia | Draw 29/10 | Granada 39/10 (17:15)

Valencia have conceded just a single goal across their previous three home league outings, including a 3-nil hammering of Atletico Madrid. Indeed, their strong home form could prove the difference at the tail end of the season, as they look to secure a European spot. Furthermore, their opponents are yet to keep a clean sheet in the Spanish topflight this season.

Back the home side to grab all 3 points in this one at 13/20.

18/10 Villareal | Draw 49/20 | Athletic Club 27/20 (19:30)

Villareal snapped their 5-game winless run, with a crucial victory away to Granada last time out. They will look to build on that, but with Athletic Club currently in sixth spot, it could be a tricky contest. The visitors have blanked on back-to-back away league fixtures, so a low scoring duel could be on the cards.

Back a draw at 49/20.

3/10 Real Madrid | Draw 44/10 | Rayo Vallecano 8/1 (22:00)

Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory against Barcelona saw them return to the top of the La Liga standings, courtesy of a Jude Bellingham brace. With 3 victories across their opening 6 away league fixtures, Rayo have churned out some strong results on the road. Despite that, I don’t think they will have enough to derail Bellingham & Co.

Back the home side to take all 3 points at 3/10.

Monday, 06 November 2023

19/20 Getafe | Draw 21/10 | Cadiz 33/10 (22:00)

Getafe have drawn each of their previous five La Liga matches – the first time they have done so in their top-flight history. With that being said, they are one of a handful of clubs yet to see league defeat on home soil. I expect that streak to continue against a Cadiz outfit who are winless across their previous 7 league outings.

Back a draw in this one at 21/10.

Written by Desh Parthab