La Liga Matchday 9 preview : Real Madrid looks to continue as leaders with a trip to Mallorca while Barcelona would take a long trip to Eibar
Real Madrid who are top of the Spanish league and are the only unbeaten side in the league this season takes a trip to continue their bid to wrestle the LA liga title from Barcelona but have to do so without the services of their midfielder maestro Luka Modric, Toni kroos while Gareth Bale, Lucas Vasquez and Marco Asensio would also miss out.
Zidane on meeting with Pogba
Earlier today, Zinedine Zidane had to deny reports meeting with Paul pogba In Dubai in a bid of signing the Manchester United midfielder in January as he claims their meeting was by chance and also personal. He would look to another whom have been dubbed the new Pogba, Fede Valverde who has been in fine form might be starting the match as he received praises from his coach about his abilities and his willingness to go for every ball.
Madrid looks good for a win as inspite of their injury concerns, they can still call on the services of good players like Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema and young sensation Vinicius junior. Los Blancos are best best for the win.
Barcelona faces Eibar
Barcelona would be making a trip to Eibar which might see them use the bus service as protest in Catalunya could see their airports earlier shutdown during the week shutdown again as protest and strike is ongoing because of the imprisonment of 9 of their political leaders. Same Civil unrest has seen the league organizers postponed the upcoming El classico to 7th of December as both Real Madrid and Barcelona rejected an earlier suggestion to play the first leg at the Bernabeu instead of the Camp Nou.
Barcelona who are back to their best with 3 wins and a draw in their last 4 matches visits an Eibar whom are equally unbeaten in their last 4(W2D2). The home side would be looking at the poor away form of Barça as an edge. However, Barça who are coming back to their best with six times golden boot winner Lionel Messi back to his brilliant best. Barça are looking good for the win with a fully fit squad just shy of Dembele serving a red card ban.
Athletico Madrid vs Valencia
Athletico Madrid host Valencia in Wanda metropolitano as they look to continue their home record that has seen them drop points in 3 out of the last 18 matches. Their impressive defence that has racked up 4 clean sheets in just 8 games will look to go one better against a Valencia side who picked up their first win of the season last time out away to Athletic Bilbao. But Diego Simeone Would be looking for an improvement upfront that has seen them as one of the teams with the lowest shots per game (3) so far in LA liga. The match looks like an evenly matched contest as Valencia who were last season’s best traveling side in LA liga looks to upset the odds against an Athletico Madrid side still finding its feet with a host of changes during the last summer transfer .
La Liga fixtures
20:00 Granada ? – ? Osasuna
12:00 Eibar ? – ? Barcelona
15:00 Atletico Madrid ? – ? Valencia
17:30 Getafe ? – ? Leganes
20:00 Mallorca ? – ? Real Madrid
10:00 Deportivo Alaves ? – ? Celta Vigo
12:00 Real Sociedad ? – ? Real Betis
14:00 RCD Espanyol ? – ? Villarreal
16:30 Athletic Bilbao ? – ? Real Valladolid
19:00 Sevilla ? – ? Levante