New boys Granada could reclaim the LaLiga top spot as an unpredictable 2019/2020 season continues.
Granada takes on an unpredictable Real Betis side on Saturday and a win would take them top, at least temporarily, as neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona are in action this weekend.
Real Sociedad, Sevilla and Atletico de Madrid could also make significant moves with everything so tight towards the top of the table, and the first LaLiga Clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid postponed until later in the year.
This weekend’s programme starts Friday evening when LaLiga Santander’s second-highest scorers so far Villarreal CF aim to continue their unbeaten home record at the Estadio de la Ceramica while hosting a well organised Alaves side who have conceded an average of just one goal per game so far.
Saturday afternoon sees LaLiga Santander’s bottom team Leganes – who this week announced that coach Mauricio Pellegrino would leave the club – looking for a change of fortunes when they host an RCD Mallorca side still flying from their 1-0 victory over Real Madrid last weekend.
Real Valladolid hosting Eibar on Saturday evening brings together two in-form sides and will be emotional for visiting coach Jose Luis Mendilibar, who coached the Blanquivioletas in 88 LaLiga games between 2007 and 2010.
Atletico de Madrid against Athletic Club at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening is also always a momentous occasion - given the two clubs were ‘brothers’ and even shared players during the pre-LaLiga era. Both teams currently need to regain some consistency after some rocky recent results.
Sunday’s LaLiga programme starts in Galicia, where 18th placed RC Celta will hope their better form at Balaidos continues when they welcome a Real Sociedad team for whom youngsters Martin Odegaard and Mikel Oyarzabal have been fantastic to watch recently.
Diego Martinez’s tactically excellent Granada side could move ahead of current leaders Barcelona if they can get a fourth successive home win in Sunday afternoon’s Andalusian derby against neighbours Real Betis, whose centre-forward Loren Moron is LaLiga Santander’s current top scorer with seven goals in eight appearances.
Paco Lopez's attractive Levante team have also been consistently picking up points at their Ciutat de Valencia stadium this season, but it could be tight on Sunday afternoon as visitors RCD Espanyol de Barcelona have lost just one of their four away games so far.
Sevilla against Getafe brings together two teams who battled for the fourth spot in LaLiga last season. The Andalusians clinched that Champions League spot in the end but will still want revenge for losing both their head-to-head clashes during 2018/19.
Sunday’s late game has Osasuna defending their unbeaten record at El Sadar since returning to the top flight last summer, against a Valencia team who have recovered form recently under impressive new coach Albert Celades and got a well-deserved 1-1 draw at Atletico de Madrid’s Wanda last week.
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