The league starts this Friday at a new day, the fifth of the championship, with two attractive matches –Atlético-Athletic and Valencia-Real Madrid– while Barcelona receive Granada with the obligation to win to clear up doubts after their defeat in the Champions League.
Two teams with a weak league start open the day in Balaídos. Celta, with two consecutive defeats (against Athletic and Real Madrid), receives a Cádiz that has also lost its last two games, against Osasuna and Real Sociedad. Imperious need, therefore, of victory for both, although superior in the case of Celta.
Regional duel in Vallecas between a Rayo in which Radamel Falcao, his great summer signing, and Míchel’s Getafe, who has not yet won, could make his debut. The first whistles of the Azulona fans to their coach seem to have raised the tension in the Getafe environment, which must win if they do not want problems in September.
Simeone’s team, which has just won Espanyol in Cornellá, receives Athletic, which is leaving good feelings in the league start. Both teams occupy European places and are undefeated. Lemar is out of the Madrid team while Marcelino will once again rely on the Williams-Muniain duo to try to win for the first time at Wanda.
The Levante is obliged to react if it does not want to lean into the caboose. And for this he will have to beat an Elche in the Martínez Valero in which the Argentine Pastore completes an attack that, with Lucas Perez and Dario Benedetto, promises to excite the people of Elche, who have just won Getafe.
The Vitoria team has not added any points in three games played – they have one postponed against Sevilla – and Osasuna fell on the last day with a crash against Valencia (1-4). A match between two teams that are going to fight to avoid relegation.
Three draws in three games plus another in the Champions League is Villarreal’s loot at the start of the season. Mallorca seems a bit more refined, despite its defeat, the first of the course, last week in San Mamés. Kubo and Kang In could be from the initial game in the Mallorcan team.
Two of the teams that make the best football in the championship meet in Anoeta in one of the star matches of the day. Real Sociedad, with 9 points, receive Sevilla with 7 points and one game less. Two of the great LaLiga cheerleaders face to face.
Pellegrini’s team is offering good game sensations, but they still need to translate them into points. For its part, Vicente Moreno’s Espanyol is coming off a painful defeat at home against Atlético and cannot be distracted if it does not want to get into trouble.
The most attractive match of the day faces Valencia de Bordalás, in the Champions League position, with Madrid of Carlo Ancelotti, leader of the competition. Traditionally, it is a field in which Real Madrid suffers and it is certain that the Mestalla team will not make things easy for the whites.
At an unusual schedule for Barcelona, the Camp Nou hosts the visit of Granada with the obligation of the Barça team to win to continue in the wake of Madrid and Atlético. The opposite would put Ronald Koeman in a delicate position.