Barcelona have won two and drawn the other of their opening three games. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Granada vs SevillaEstadion Nuevo Los Carmenes, GranadaSaturday, 17-10-2020 @2pm
Granada welcome Andalusian rivals Sevilla to the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes on Saturday as La Liga action returns this weekend following the international break.
Sevilla are currently sixth in the standings, having earned seven points from their three league games so far, while Granada are in 10th position also with seven points.
Granada have an inferior goal difference compared to Sevilla and have played a game more than their sixth-placed opponents.
Sevilla are one of just four teams that remain unbeaten in league fixtures this season and are enjoying their longest unbeaten run in the Spanish top-flight, having gone 18 games without losing a match in La Liga.
They’ll be hoping to extend their run even further when they travel to Granada, who have shipped eight goals this season, the league’s joint-most goals conceded this term.
The Andalusian clubs have met 42 times across all competitions, with Sevilla dominating the head-to-head record. Los Palanganas have won 23 of their 42 meetings while Nazaríes have 11 wins and the remaining eight games have ended in a stalemate.
The last six meetings between these two sides have produced conclusive results with the most recent three meetings going Sevilla’s way after the first three went in Granada’s favour. Granada have not found the back of the net against Sevilla in their last three meetings.
Celta Vigo vs Atletico Madrid Abanca Balaidos, VigoSaturday, 17-10-2020 @5pm
Celta Vigo will play hosts to Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos on Saturday.
Celta Vigo come into this game on the back of a 2-0 loss to Osasuna 10 days ago at the El Sadar Stadium. Goals from former Celta Vigo centre-back and Argentina international Facundo Roncaglia and former West Ham United striker Jonathan Calleri sealed the deal for Osasuna.
Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, drew 0-0 to Unai Emery’s Villarreal nearly two weeks ago. In a drab encounter, Atletico Madrid failed to register a shot on target; Villarreal managed a mere two.
In 23 previous encounters between the two sides, Atletico Madrid hold the clear advantage. They have won 13 games, lost five and drawn five.
The two clubs last met each other only a few months ago, with Atletico Madrid drawing 1-1 against Celta Vigo. A first-minute goal from Alvaro Morata, now at Juventus, was cancelled out by a Fran Beltran strike to ensure that both teams shared the spoils.
Real Madrid vs CadizEstadio Santiago Bernabeu, MadridSaturday, 17-10-2020 @7:30pm
Newly promoted Cadiz have won both of their away matches in La Liga this season against Huesca and out-of-form Athletic Bilbao but reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid may be a step too far.
Real Madrid won ten and drew one of their final 11 La Liga assignments of 2019-20 to overtake Barcelona and win the title and that great form has extended into the new campaign.
After an opening-weekend draw with Real Sociedad, Zinedine Zidane’s men have gone on to beat Real Betis, Real Valladolid and Levante and, with their game built around a tight rearguard.
Real Madrid’s matches featured an average of only 2.5 goals per game in 2019-20. Real Madrid kept 19 clean sheets in 38 La Liga contests last season. Cadiz have won only three of their last ten league matches.
Getafe vs BarcelonaColisium Alfonso Perez, GetafeSaturday, 17-10-2020 @10pm
Barcelona crumbled at the back in their 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in last season’s Champions League but have looked better defensively in the league this term.
They have so far won to nil against Villarreal and Celta Vigo before drawing with Sevilla, who managed only one shot on target, and their clash with Getafe could be a low-scoring affair.
Getafe have themselves have kept three clean sheets in their first four matches of the season and their recent success has been built on a solid defence.
Both teams have scored in only three of the last ten meetings between these sides. Getafe conceded only 37 goals in their 38 league matches last term. Barcelona have won to nil in two of their last three games against Getafe.
-Eibar vs Osasuna @1pm-Athletic Bilbao vs Levante @3pm-Villarreal vs Valencia @5pm-Deportivo Alaves vs Elche @7:30pm-Huesca vs Real Valladolid @7:30pm-Real Betis vs Real Sociedad @10pm