Barcelona vs Real Madrid
Estadio Camp Nou, Barcelona
Saturday, 24-10-2020 @5pm
Right after the week that surprised everyone with both the elites of Spanish club football suffering a defeat, comes the biggest and most anticipated match in La Liga every season.
Even when the typical Ronaldo-Messi war front is absent, the El Clasico has not lost its fierce nature in the competition.
Barcelona is at the mid-table spot after taking 7 points from 2 wins and a draw in 4 appearances so far this season in the campaign.
Having conceded just 2 goals so far, they are still looking sharp in their defense after all the distress in the camp during the break.
Real Madrid has dropped two spots to third place in the table with their last defeat in the league. They have picked up 10 points from their 5 league clashes until now. Zidane’s 14-game unbeaten run in the campaign ended with the 0-1 loss at home to Cadiz in the previous encounter.
Ronald Koeman will be without first-choice goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, as well as long-term injured defender Samuel Umtiti. Jordi Alba had been a doubt but the veteran defender made a quick-enough recovery – following a hamstring injury picked up against Sevilla on 4 October – to be included in Koeman’s Clásico squad.
Zinedine Zidane, meanwhile, has no natural right back available as both Dani Carvajal and Álvaro Odriozola are both injured for the clash. Eden Hazard, who has yet to play this season, is also out, as is Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard and striker Mariano.
The host has recorded four of the last five overall wins. Their previous encounter gave a 2-0 home win for Los Blancos. Two of their recent five matches have ended in a draw. Both teams have scored in only one of the last five games. The host is unbeaten at home in the past four fixtures. Three of the last four clashes held here have ended in a draw.
Osasuna vs Athletic Bilbao
Estdio El Sadar, Pamplona
Saturday, 24-10-2020 @7:30pm
Osasuna’s mixed form in the campaign this season will hold them back in the upcoming match. The host is just one point ahead of the visitor in the table after five league appearances so far this term.
Los Rojillos has been unbeaten in the past two fixtures in the league, following a goalless draw on the road with Eibar last time out in the schedule.
Bilbao had a hard time at the start of the season with three losses within the five clashes. However, the 2-0 win at home against Levante after the double loss will improve the morale of the visitors.
Gaizka Garitano and his men had opened this season with an away defeat, and have only one win in their three fixtures on the road this term.
Only one of their last 12 meetings has ended in a draw. Their previous encounter gave a 0-1 away win for Osasuna. Both teams have scored in four of the recent five fixtures. The visitor has recorded four of the last five overall wins. The host has lost their past four clashes at home since 2013.
Sevilla vs Eibar
Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville
Saturday, 24-10-2020 @7:30pm
Sevilla have won each of their last four home games in La Liga to nil. Julen Lopetegui’s team have failed to score more than once in five of their last six home games in the league. Eibar have failed to win any of their nine previous away games against Sevilla.
Sevilla are unbeaten in each of their last 12 La Liga games at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, winning the previous four without even conceding a goal.
Los Palanganas have a particularly impressive home record against Eibar, winning six and drawing three of their nine previous such meetings and they have conceded just four goals during that time.
Goals have not been flowing for Sevilla of late, as they have failed to score more than once in five of their last six home games in La Liga, while they drew a blank at Granada last weekend and against Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Eibar have lost three of their last five La Liga games on the road, including when going down 1-0 at Sevilla in July.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis
Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
Saturday, 24-10-2020 @10pm
Atletico Madrid aren’t used to being rag-dolled, but Diego Simeone’s usually robust outfit were torn to shreds by Bayern Munich in a Champions League mid-week mauling that finished 4-0 to the relentless Bavarians.
Los Colchoneros will be licking their wounds and keen to bounce back at the first time of asking on home soil when domestic football resumes this weekend, though recent history suggests they could have a tough time breaking Real Betis down at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Under 2.5 goals hit the net in seven of the last eight meetings between Atletico and Betis, while three of the last four encounters between the well-matched teams in Madrid saw Simeone’s men eke out narrow 1-0 victories.
Each of Atletico’s last three La Liga assignments this term saw fewer than three goals scored, and the early season evidence along with the compelling head-to-head stats from this fixture screams a low scoring affair.
Upcomig La Liga games
-Real Valladolid vs Deportivo Alaves @4pm
-Cadiz vs Villarreal @6pm
-Getafe vs Granada @8:30pm
-Real Sociedad vs Huesca @11pm
-Levante vs Celta Vigo @11pm
La Liga results so far
-Elche 2-1 Valencia