Huesca vs Atletico Madrid
Estadio El Alcorez, Huesca
Ref: Adrian Cordero
Atletico scored six goals in their first game of the new season against Granada. New signing Luiz Suarez scored two debut goals off the bench. Atletico beat Huesca 3-0 both home and away in the 2018/19 season.
Atletico Madrid kicked off their 2020/21 La Liga campaign in hugely convincing fashion on Sunday with a resounding 6-1 win at home to a shell-shocked Granada.
Goals from Diego Costa, Angel Correa, Joao Felix and Marcos Llorente put Los Rojiblancos in the driving seat before a late brace from substitute and new signing Luis Suarez added gloss to the scoreline at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The addition of the Uruguayan to Atletico’s already star-studded squad seems to have given everyone a lift at the club, and Diego Simeone’s confident team should be able to continue their goal-laden start to the season at Huesca on Wednesday.
The division’s new boys are still searching for their first top-flight win of the season after three games, and while points at Villarreal and Valencia were credible results, their 2-0 reverse at home to Cadiz highlighted some stark defensive deficiencies.
Atletico have the class to capitalise and cut loose against their low-level hosts this week, and the visitors look superb value in the over 1.5 team goal market, while our correct score backs Madrid to run out 3-0 victors.
Los Rojiblancos beat Huesca by that scoreline both home and away the last time Los Oscenses were in La Liga for the 2018/19 season.
Villarreal vs Deportivo Alaves
Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal
Wednesday, 30-09-2020 @8pm
Ref: David Medie
Villarreal is in much need of a palate cleanser after the disaster on Sunday against Barcelona.
On Wednesday, they have the perfect opportunity to get just that against Alaves, who have just one point from their first three matches this season.
With Atleti and Valencia as their next two matches after this one, getting a win is going to be very, very important.
Things are not going well for Alaves in the points column, but I really don’t think they are a bad team.
They drew Getafe 0-0, and lost by one goal each to Granada and Real Betis. Frankly, they’ve been in every single contest and simply have not faced a weak opponent yet, so we cannot take them lightly at all.
Their goals scored and conceded on the season is basically level, and historically when that has been the case a team almost never gets relegated, so do not look at their place in the table and assume it will be easy for Villarreal.
Alaves does not seem to have decided on a formation yet. In their match with Betis they played what was listed as a 3-1-4-2, Granada a 3-5-2, and then against Getafe (and their press) they played a 4-4-2.
For Villarreal, we expect to see the 4-4-2 or will Emery scrap it for a three man midfield?
Mario Gaspar was a horrible liability against Barca, but Pena is hurt so Emery has no option but to stick with the captain.
Eibar vs Elche
Estadio Municipal de Ipurua, Eibar
Wednesday, 30-09-2020 @10:30pm
Ref: Santiago Jaime
Eibar will welcome Elche to the Municipal de Ipurua on Wednesday in La Liga action with the visitors having picked up a solitary point from three league matches so far.
The two sides have been among the poorer teams in the division and currently find themselves in the relegation spots.
Eibar are at the bottom of the table and are the only side yet to pick up a point, although they have played just one fixture, while Elche are two places above them with one point from three matches.
The hosts began their campaign with a goalless draw against Celta Vigo but followed this up with consecutive defeats to Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao.
Newly-promoted Elche had a rude awakening on their return to the top-flight, as they were on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat by Real Sociedad on their own turf.
Eibar and Elche have met on nine occasions in the past and they have an almost identical head-to-head record.
Elche hold the slight advantage with four victories and two draws, while Eibar picked up a victory on three occasions. Both sides have scored 10 goals apiece.
The most recent meeting between the two sides came in a La Liga fixture in February 2015 and Elche did enough to get a 1-0 victory away to a 10-man Eibar side.
The hosts have two players ruled out of this fixture with defenders Jose Angel (ruptured cruciate ligament) and Anaitz Arbilla (muscle) unavailable for coach Jose Luis Mendilibar.
The visitors have a relatively fit squad to choose from and only midfielder Ramon Folch is a doubt for the clash, having experienced slight discomfort over the weekend.
Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Wednesday, 30-09-2020 @10:30pm
Ref: Ceaser Soto
Having started their La Liga title defence with successive away matches, Spanish champions Real Madrid return to the capital for their first home test of the new season at home to Real Valladolid on Wednesday.
In 2019/20, Valladolid provided stiff opposition for Real, who managed to found the net just twice in 180 minutes of football against the robus Blanquivioletas in contests that finished level at 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu and 1-0 to Madrid in the return fixture.
Meetings between Real Madrid and Valladolid have regularly been cagey affairs in recent years – in fact, four of the last five clashes between the clubs saw under 2.5 goals scored.
Valladolid, who are winless after three matches of the new campaign, shouldn’t be expected to take anything from their trip to the Santiago Bernabéu this week, though recent history suggests the visitors should prove tough to break down again.
It’s also worth noting that under 2.5 goals hit the net in 100% of their first three matches of the 2020/21 season, and we expect their latest tussle against Los Blancos to follow suit.
Madrid have the final third quality to eventually make a breakthrough however, and powered by the momentum gained from their late win at Real Betis last time out, our correct score prediction tips Zinedine Zidane’s side to record a 2-0 victory against Valladolid.
Real kept clean sheets in five of their last seven La Liga home matches.
The upcoming La Liga games
-Athletic Bilbao vs Cadiz @8pm
-Sevilla vs Levante @8pm
-Celta Vigo vs Barcelona
Results on Tuesday, 29-09-2020
-Real Sociedad 0-1 Valencia
-Getafe 3-0 Real Betis