The non-stop La Liga schedule rolls on relentlessly, with Week 11 games finishing up on Thursday night, and the first Week 12 match starting up again on Friday night as Barcelona defeated Espanyol 1-0 in the Catalan derby at Camp Nou. The remainder of the Gameweek 12 La Liga games are scheduled Saturday through Monday.
Here’s the preview of La Liga matches being played this weekend:
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Saturday, November 2, 2013:
Real Sociedad will be looking to put behind them the disappointment of throwing away a 2-0 lead at Valladolid when they face Osasuna at Anoeta on Saturday. Frenchman Antoine Griezmann is in fine form for La Real, having scored four times in the last two games, while Osasuna will be looking for further points to help them pull away from the danger zone after a convincing win over Rayo on Wednesday.
Almeria go into their clash with Valladolid boosted by their first win of the season at Valencia. Coach Francisco Rodriguez was delighted with his players after they came from behind against Los Che at Mestalla, but warned that there is still a long way to go. Meanwhile, Valladolid are on the up after a convincing win at Rayo and two storming comebacks from 2-0 deficits against Sevilla and Real Sociedad.
Real Madrid go to struggling neighbors Rayo Vallecano having put their Clasico defeat firmly behind them with a remarkable 7-3 win over Sevilla on Wednesday. Isco and Karim Benzema both returned to the starting line-up in that game after missing out on the Clasico, while Carlo Ancelotti will find it hard to leave out Gareth Bale after the Welshman’s two goals on Wednesday.
Benzema also staked a claim for retention, scoring twice after failing to hit the target in seven games, while long term absentee Xabi Alonso could also be in contention for a starting place at Rayo after playing 25 minutes as a substitute against Sevilla.
Sevilla had gone seven games without defeat prior to their visit to the Bernabeu, and coach Unai Emery will be looking to his men to bounce back at the first time of asking as they take on Celta Vigo at the Sanchez Pizjuan. Skipper Ivan Rakitic scored twice against Real Madrid to take his tally for the season to nine. The Croatian has been key to the Andalusians’ resurgent performances after their awful start to the campaign. Celta boss Luis Enrique will be without Jon Aurtenetxe, who injured his right leg in the 3-0 home defeat against Barcelona on Tuesday.
Sunday, November 3, 2013:
Getafe vs Valencia, 6am ET, not televised in the United States
As for Valencia, their coach Miroslav Djukic branded his men as ‘clueless’ after their defeat to La Liga’s bottom side. He will be looking for a response from his players when they travel to Getafe on Sunday to face a side that has climbed to sixth place after a string of excellent performances.
Atletico Madrid put five past Betis last weekend but will find Athletic Bilbao a much tougher proposition, the Basques having reached fifth place with their win at Getafe. Atleti are seen by many as posing an equal, if not greater, threat to Barcelona’s dominance while Athletic, under Ernesto Valverde, are an altogether tougher proposition than the side that struggled so badly last season.
Levante will be looking to consolidate their recent good form when they welcome Granada to the Ciutat de Valencia, while Malaga and Betis, two sides badly in need of a rapid change in fortunes, face each other at La Rosaleda on Sunday evening. Malaga recovered from a 5-0 home mauling by Celta Vigo to draw 0-0 with Espanyol, while Pepe Mel’s Betis side were destroyed by a rampant Atletico Madrid on their last away trip.
Monday, November 4, 2013:
Game week 12 concludes on Monday with a clash between two of the promoted sides as Elche face Villarreal. Segunda champions have enjoyed a mixed start to their first Primera campaign for 24 years, while Villarreal are playing as if they have never been away, lying fourth in the table with a 4-1 win over Valencia still fresh in their minds.